Film Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Marvel Studios’ ‘Infinty Saga’ reaches its conclusion…

Spoiler-free review

Avengers Endgame

Preparing to avenge the fallen: the heroes of Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin

Directed by: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo / written by: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely / 181 minutes

What’s it about?

In the wake of the devastation wrought by Thanos, Captain America and his allies set out to avenge the fallen…

In review

So, here it is, the cinematic event of the year or perhaps the last couple of years…but does Avengers: Endgame satisfy? Absolutely it does – not only is Endgame an epic and visually exciting ride but it’s an emotionally effective (and genuinely affective) journey that successfully ties together over a decade of a cinematic universe, bringing numerous story arcs to their conclusion and providing closure whilst gently laying the groundwork for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It’s almost impossible to discuss Endgame in any great depth without verging on spoilers but suffice to say the film picks up in the wake of last year’s incredibly successful Avengers: Infinity War in which galactic overlord Thanos (Josh Brolin), wielding the power of the infinity stones, extinguished half of all life in the universe. With Tony Stark stranded in space and the remnants of the superhero community back on Earth trying to come to terms with all they have lost, the outlook seems bleak and uncertain until events provide Captain America and his comrades with an opportunity to avenge the fallen. Beyond that lies an adventure that’s simply a landmark achievement in comic book blockbusters. There are moments where the plot of Endgame becomes a bit muddled and difficult to grasp, but in all likelihood this will diminish with repeat viewings and in the end it doesn’t matter too much given the pay-offs viewers ultimately receive as well as all the call backs to previous MCU outings, some of which can now be seen in a new light.

As with Infinity War, Endgame comprises an expansive roster of characters and each have a pivotal role to play, yet, wisely, the focus largely remains centred on the primary Avengers – mainly the trio of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor but with significant support from the likes of the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Ant-Man. The cast performances are great, especially in respect of Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans – arguably the pillars of the MCU who are afforded rich arcs for their characters and likewise, Mark Ruffalo gets to explore the continued evolution of the Hulk which began in Thor: Ragnarok. As for the Odinson himself, Chris Hemsworth gets to flex his humour muscles again with a dishevelled and drunken Thor providing a number of laughs – it’s perhaps a little too dialled up in places but along with Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man it provides a necessary measure of levity and doesn’t devalue the dramatic aspects of Endgame. Of course, it’s no secret given her own recent solo outing (and following Infinity War’s post-credits tease), that Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel joins the fight and although her role is somewhat smaller than expected it’s still of importance to the overall proceedings.

Despite its lengthy running time, Endgame doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. Sure, It unfolds at a steady pace and it may feel a tad leisurely for some but there’s a sense of building momentum throughout as the film progresses towards its rousing and spectacular final act – an exciting, gigantic, effects-laden showdown on a scale that even exceeds what we saw in Infinity War but without sacrificing the deep and personal elements of Endgame as it integrates a lot of small but wonderful character moments into the chaos. At this stage, directors Anthony and Joe Russo are masters at what they do and deliver on all fronts – that the duo have managed to guide Endgame to completion with such skill, care and unwavering enthusiasm is no small feat and helps make the final product all the more exquisite. Coupled with a screenplay (from returning writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely) that provides plenty of pathos, humour, heart and action and superb cast performances, Avengers: Endgame is a total triumph.

The bottom line: Avengers: Endgame is an impressive and fitting finale to an era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with rich characterisation and powerful visuals.

Avengers: Endgame is in cinemas now.

8 thoughts on “Film Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’

  1. Great review! I really enjoyed Avengers Endgame as well. The plot had me glued to every moment, the action was epic, and the emotional beats were very moving as well. The Russo brothers have worked their magic again and Endgame was indeed a rousing finale to this era of the MCU 🙂

  2. Bravo! You hit the nail in the head with this spot on review. Yes, the plot seemed a bit muddled but I know this won’t matter with repeat views and that its greatness overshadows any flaws.
    Everyone involved brought their A game with the latest film which is appropriate since eit does feel like a grand finale

  3. Fantastic review for a fantastic film, my friend. I too agree that it is muddled at certain moments throughout the movie, slightly over-stretched but it remains the proper send-off for all the characters. I think this movie officially puts the whole MCU at the top of Holywood’s greatest marketing project as each movie contributed to the success of the next. In fact, if it weren’t for everything we remember of each hero, we wouldn’t have realized the incredible character development of all the heroes, especially the main three (Iron Man, Captain America and Thor). I do have to admit that I continue to facepalm at times at the Disney-signature humour that seems so inevitable, no matter the context. At least, in this case, the depressive atmosphere won over and kept the humour tamed.

    I feel like all the Marvel movies to come post-Endgame are going to struggle a bit for a while. I think Marvel will have to announce their next big project and how they plan to dish it, or at least take a good break before making a new comeback (which I doubt will happen since they’re probably money-hungry).

    I can’t help but mention the need for DC to find a better marketing strategy for their “master plan”. After that cameo ending in Shazam!, they need to find a way to build something cumulative… But I also have to admit that I’m pretty happy with solid stand-alone movies from DC as well (e.g. Joker).

    • Thank you my friend and glad you enjoyed Endgame also! I kind of wish Marvel would’ve planned a 1-2 year break after this finale but with the insane amount of money these films are making that was never going to happen. It’ll certainly be interesting to see where things go after Spider-Man: Far from Home.

      I’m in total agreement about DC, I really love a lot of those characters and that universe and want to see them establish a plan of sorts. I think the problem may actually lie in then just concentrating on solo movies as they’re not really solidifying the brand that way… yes, make good individual films but put start building the team of players for an eventual team up.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s