Oh boy, where do I start with this one? For starters, I have been anticipating this film for a long time as have all Marvel fans around the world, and it not only met my expectations, it exceeded them! This movie finishes an 11-year-long journey that began in 2008 with Iron Man; how far have we come since then! McKenna and I didn’t see this one on opening night like I have some of the other Marvel films, but nevertheless, it was probably the most emotional Saturday movie date I have ever been on, and rightly so. It had so much going on with the characters, the story, the CGI effects and music that this review will not completely cover it.
I must say that this film took a direction that I did not see coming as far as what the Avengers were going to do to defeat Thanos, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked for the story: time-travel. From Hulk and Nebula debunking popular movies that deal with time travel (hilarious on screen), to the devices that Tony Stark built that allowed the team to accomplish it, the characters and the creators made it work. The concept wasn’t over-the-top or cheesy as I imagine it could have been if not handled well, and it progressed the story and the development of the characters in a way that resonated with me as a viewer. In fact, the Avengers going to different times in different Marvel films prior to Endgame to acquire the Infinity Stones before Thanos could was a fun thing to watch, and pretty humorous; Ant-Man’s comment on Captain America’s rear-end (the actual word wouldn’t be appropriate here) was unexpected and really funny.
Also, the film dealt with some pretty heavy emotional plot points, particularly surrounding Hawkeye and Black Widow. The “snap” from Avengers: Infinity War took Hawkeye’s family from him, causing him to go on a 5-year rampage fueled solely by his grief, and was only brought out of it by Black Widow telling him that they might be able to undo Thanos’ destruction. The way that Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson portrayed their characters’ relationship as best friends felt real, a tribute to their talent as actors and to the Russo brothers as storytellers. It was also emotional to watch Tony Stark’s interaction with his wife, Pepper, and his daughter, Morgan, a far cry from the loner playboy he was years before then, and this only makes the ending of the film that much more meaningful. Captain America also underwent heavy emotional trials in the film, from realizing that his closest friends are back after they acquire and use the Infinity Stones, to going back to 1945 and living a fulfilling life as a civilian with Agent Peggy Carter before being brought back to the present day as an old man. Even Thanos himself was brilliantly executed in performance by Josh Brolin both as typical action movie megalomaniac as well as an emotional being who felt grief, anger, and purpose, albeit an evil purpose.
Besides the storytelling and superb acting, the film boasted incredible special effects and well-choreographed fight sequences; the final battle was absolutely spectacular to see! Something the Marvel films have always seemed to get right was the realism of the computer-generated visual effects, and Endgame was no exception. Credit is due to the CGI animators for bringing these awe-inspiring visuals to life and to the actors and their stunt team for giving the audience incredible physical performances that showed the strength and perseverance of the characters. The CGI Hulk/Banner combo was done very well, with Mark Ruffalo doing a great job as the now-gentle giant.
All in all, on as a scale of 1-10, I give this film an 11. Spectacular fight scenes and visual effects, heart-wrenching performances by the actors, and a unique story-line make Avengers: Endgame perhaps the best film I have ever seen, and I have seen hundreds. Want my advice? Go see it now! #loveyouthree3000