Avengers: Endgame Review – The Best Superhero Film So Far?
Written by Julie Ortiz on May 11, 2019
Avengers: Endgame is definitely the cinematic event of the decade. After 11 years and a total of 22 movies, the weight of expectation on this last movie from the Marvel’s franchise was understandable. For individuals that have followed from the 2008’s ‘Iron Man’ to last year’s ‘Infinity War’, it can be very difficult to imagine that it is all going to end.
To fully enjoy this record shattering movie, a prior knowledge of Marvel movies is necessary. This doesn’t mean an entirely new fan cannot enjoy Endgame. It will be more meaningful, however, to individuals that have, at the very least, seen Avengers: Infinity Wars. The challenges faced by the heroes in this movie will make more sense and hit harder if you are familiar with them.
Throughout the film, fans can easily relate some scenes to previous undertakings by their heroes in previous Marvel films. The special multi-film legacy is so glaring in Endgame and this is definitely part of what makes the movie what it is. It is understandable that Marvel showed off their achievement over the years in this movie. There is definitely no extended universe franchise that has achieved what the franchise has achieved and Avengers: Endgame is certainly a crown to their success.
Though the story picks up from where Infinity War stopped, it is an entirely different film. Some of the characters that were noticeably relegated in the last Avenger film beefed up their roles. Chris Evan’s Captain America, for instance, and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow were very much alive this time around.
It was hard for so many fans that some characters were mercilessly sacrificed in Infinity War. Endgame tried to make things a little lighter by returning some fan-favorite characters. Ragnarok from Thor reappeared, and Paul Rudd did exceptionally well as Ant-Man/Scott Lang in this team-up classic.
Talking about some of the casts that made things a lot interesting, it is fair to say everyone was on top of their games. Robert Downey Jr, the indefatigable Iron Man brought something more out of Tony Stark. Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan was also exceptional just like Thor and Captain America delivered some breath-taking moments that will live with their fans for a long while.
I am tempted to say Avenger: Endgame is a perfect movie. Yeah, it is that entertaining. There are definitely some shortcomings, however. In the final battle, for instance, some of the team-ups feel a bit odd for me. Some may find them great though. I also found it a bit odd that after Josh Brolin’s Thanos was so brutally portrayed in the previous movies, a lot of this characterization was subdued in the endgame. He is obviously less involved than I expected and I wonder if any other person feel the same. Endgame is a little too long, also. Yes, there is so much to say and so much to do in the closing chapter of a 22-movie franchise but 181 minutes is a hell of a time to tell a story.
To be honest, Avenger: Endgame is an audacious superhero film making but Marvel pulled it off in a remarkable manner. The movie is entertainment in its best form. It is the biggest cinematic event of the decade for good reasons.