Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Please be aware before reading any further that this post will most likely contain spoilers so if you haven’t seen Endgame yet and don’t want any of the story ruined then please don’t read further.

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Avengers: Endgame is the years most anticipated movie, even more so than the final part of the Star Wars saga. Infinity War dropped last year and it was a truly great piece of cinema and since Thanos clicked his fingers and wiped up half of all living things across the universe, everybody, myself included, has been anticipating the final part of the Avengers extravaganza and what has been an epic 12 years of movies with mesmerising out of this world characters and true dedication from all the actors involved that have portrayed these characters for a decade or more. At the end of Infinity War a lot of Marvel fans lost some of their favourite characters such as Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Starlord, Drax and the list can go on and on. Thankfully for me Thor has been my favourite Marvel character from this particular universe from the beginning and he survived Thanos’ finger click so with the reduced characters and the anticipated arrival of Captain Marvel joining the fray, Endgame couldn’t come soon enough and finally it hit cinemas worldwide this week.

It started off dark, sad and depressing as the remaining Avengers try and pick up the pieces from what happened after Thanos clicked his fingers. Some people found it hard to come to terms with the loss of friends, most of whom they considered family and we finally get reintroduced to Hawkeye and Ant-Man who were missing on the battlefield in Wakanda. The slow and deliberate nature of the opening hour and seeing the characters more vulnerable than we have ever seen them before was different and reminded me of DC and The Dark Knight trilogy as the movie tackled depression, regret and dealing with loss. There was so much to wonder and so much to ponder as the remaining heroes looked all but lost as defeat seemed like the accepted fate. I’m glad that Tony Stark could have his family life, as much as I’ve disliked the Pepper Potts character throughout the series of movies, I was happy that he was able to have his child and play house. Steve Rogers, while he wanted to do something and try and reverse what had happened also seemed to have moved on as he began to help people in group therapy meetings. This was such an interesting dynamic to the characters and something we had never seen before and while it was slow I was totally engrossed by the story telling which also proved that the Avengers movies didn’t need to rely on huge CGI battles and off the cuff comedy to make it good. Although that’s what came later, in abundance.

As the movie develops and a plan is out into place to try and reverse the genocide caused by the tyrannical Thanos, it became a lot more fun and fast paced. Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is so naturally comical that he brings life to each scene he’s involved in. The same can be said about Chris Hemsworth. There’s something about him and the way he portrays Thor which is so good that I could never tire of watching him play this character. The story telling is insanely good as we travel back in time to 3 different locations as the newly assembled Avengers, including the likes of Nebula and Rocket try and retrieve the stones before Thanos manages to collect them all. It was nice to see glimpses of characters from past movies that didn’t manage to make it to the final showcase such as Loki, Crossbones, Gamora and The Ancient One.

There was a lot of emotion scattered amongst the chaos as we witness the demise of Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Tony Stark as well as Captain Steve Rogers getting his happily ever after moment. Again, the end battle scene was incredible and a CGI masterclass of what’s capable when the budget and personnel are in place to create something truly magnificent but it was a nice change of pace to see characters show their mortal side as everything unfolds and after over a decade of movies leading up to this final moment, the emotion felt legitimately real as for a lot of these actors it will be the last time they appear as their on screen super hero persona. As everything fell into place we got to see what each character was doing next after finally achieving peace, at least on Earth, and I really do hope that Thor joining the Guardians of the Galaxy becomes something we get to see in the future as Chris Hemsworth and Pratt share great chemistry and the dynamic between the two characters work so well. While it’s greedy of me to yearn for more I think The Asgardians of the Galaxy would be a nice spin off for a stand alone movie but only time will tell but chances are nothing will develop from it.

Despite its magnificence there were a few brief aspects of the movie that didn’t sit well with me and I didn’t react in the same way as other people did towards some of the major twists in the film. For example did anyone actually care that Pepper Potts donned one of the Iron Man suits, technically making her Iron Woman, and fought in battle. I really hated seeing Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie being a bad ass as if she’s been a saviour this entire time and she seemed to get quite a lot of screen time during the battle which took away from characters that actually deserved a little more time to shine in he movie such as Okoye, Drax, Shuri and Bucky Barnes to name but a few. I’m not sure if this was just me but I didn’t care when Natasha Romanoff died. I feel that while she has been part of the Avengers since he beginning she’s never been given the opportunity to truly shine or stand out as she’s largely just been a spoke on the wheel, whereas the other Avenger members have been built up and made indispensable but Black Widow seemed easily replaceable as if her contributions haven’t been as impactful or important so when she sacrificed herself so Hawkeye could retrieve the soul stone in their quest to undo Thanos’ finger click of doom. I’ve read that Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as Black Widow in a project titled with the same name but I feel to truly give Black Widow a triumphant send off this movie needed to have been released prior to Endgame, but that’s just what makes sense to me.

Finally Captain Marvel? I enjoyed the Captain Marvel movie quite a bit and while it wasn’t the best movie that Marvel has stamped their name on it also wasn’t the worst, that award belongs to Iron Man 2. The release of her stand alone movie felt rushed but also was necessary if she was going to play a huge part in saving the universe as trailers and predictions seemed to have suggested. I’ll be honest and say that this movie would have been just fine without her involvement as she was in such a small amount of it that she didn’t really make much of a difference, aside from destroying Thanos’ ship. I believed she was going to be the integral piece of the puzzle which would lead the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy to victory but by the end she just didn’t feel or seem important and was just another character.

Overall, Avengers: Endgame was an incredible movie and a fitting send off to what has been a fantastic journey. I’ve enjoyed the rollercoaster ride that the entire movie collection has offered and I’m sure it’s going to all get rebooted in about a decade or so, it’s too big of a money spinner for it not to be, so will look forward to seeing these characters again. In the mean time it will interesting to see what lies ahead for some of the actors who have spent a decade playing the same character and not being able to commit to too many other projects so will be nice to wait and see what develops there.

10/10

I’ll see you guys next time

-Mike

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