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Avengers: Endgame SPOILER-FREE review

 

 
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Stars: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin
 
Theatrical Release Date: April 26, 2019
 
Synopsis: The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
 
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The Good


  • Pays off eleven years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a satisfying way
  • Makes excellent use of its entire runtime
  • Subverts fan expectations at every turn

The Bad


  • Lacks the sheer volume of character interactions we got from Infinity War
  • One important event feels a bit glossed over


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Posted April 25, 2019 by

 
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This review for Avengers: Endgame is spoiler-free. Thank you to Marvel Studios and Allied Global Marketing for giving us an early press screening of the movie.

Avengers: Endgame
First things first: this review will not contain any spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. That’s just not how we roll around here. However, I will be touching on some things from Avengers: Infinity War so, if you haven’t seen that film yet, you might want to bail now. Although, if you haven’t seen Infinity War, I’m not sure why you’d be interested in a review of its follow-up.

Because there are just too many potential spoilers when talking about Endgame, we’re going to do this review a little differently. Rather than analyze specific plot points or character arcs, I’m going to answer some frequently-asked, more general questions about the film.

Is Avengers: Endgame good?

No. Avengers: Endgame is not good. Avengers: Endgame is great. The Russo brothers have accomplished the monumental feat of wrapping up twenty-two films’ worth of stories and character development. Not only does Endgame tie up all the loose threads from Infinity War, but it even manages to plug any potential plot holes that Endgame itself introduces. What the Russos have pulled off is nothing short of amazing.

But is it as good as Infinity War?

Yes, and no. In nearly every way imaginable, Endgame successfully ups the ante. The scope is bigger, the stakes are higher, and the spectacle is more… spectacular. The one area where Endgame doesn’t quite measure up to Infinity War is in the sheer number of interesting character interactions. This was to be expected considering that Infinity War ended by dusting most of the cast. You can’t have character interactions with characters who have been snapped out of existence. We got pretty spoiled by the plethora of fan service in Infinity War and, while I found myself missing some of those crazy character meet-ups, the interactions that do make it into Endgame are impactful and memorable.

Does Endgame feel like a three-hour movie?

Nope. Not in the slightest. I remember being a bit surprised when I realized we were entering the film’s third act.

Whenever I watch Infinity War, I usually use Thor’s quest to craft a new weapon as an opportunity to grab snacks, go to the bathroom, etc. It’s not that I dislike that part of the movie, but it does take me out of the main action a bit. I honestly don’t recall Endgame having any moments like that. So be warned; you should NOT buy that large Diet Coke to enjoy during the film. Before taking your seat for the movie, you need to have a serious discussion with your bladder about how interruptions will not be tolerated.

Will I cry?

There’s a very good chance of that happening, yes. My wife and daughter both cried. Had I not been emotionally drained from the recent real-life passing of a close friend, I probably would have been a bit misty-eyed myself.

Make no mistake, Endgame is an emotional movie. Yes, even more so than Infinity War. But it’s not all tears and heartbreak. Endgame also has the single greatest scene that brought me the most joy, out of the entire slate of Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Obviously I’m not going to say what the scene was; you’ll know it when you see it. What I will say is that I audibly gasped and let out a fangirl-ish squeal of pure glee. I get chills just thinking about it.

What didn’t you like about the movie?

My gripes with Avengers: Endgame are few and far between. Other than wishing there were more characters interacting with each other, my only other complaint is that one of the movie’s major events felt a bit glossed-over. I mean, I get it. The film is already three hours long and there’s a lot of story to tell. I just wish we’d had a bit more time to breathe with this particular moment.

Can I take my kids

Hey, you do you, Boo.

Kidding aside, if you felt comfortable taking your kids to Infinity War, you’ll almost certainly be OK with them seeing Endgame. There is a bit more mild swearing than in the average Marvel movie, and it is an emotional roller coaster. But if they handled Peter Parker’s tearful dusting without suffering PTSD, they should be OK after Endgame as well. We left the theater feeling generally pretty happy, despite some tears being shed during the film.

Final thoughts

Obviously, if you’re a fan of the MCU, you’re going to want to watch Avengers: Endgame. My wife declared it her favorite movie ever. And while I’m not ready to make that kind of commitment, I will say this: after our initial viewing, I considered myself satisfied. My family wanted to see Endgame again right away, but I was content to wait until it hits the home market. However, after writing this review and reliving the film’s best moments, I’m happily ready to jump in the car and take in a second showing.

Marvel Studios has done a fantastic job with all these characters I’ve grown up with. Even though Endgame is the end of the MCU’s current chapter, I can’t wait to see where they take us from here.

Excelsior!


Tim Wells

 
Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.