Movie Review Monday: Avengers: Endgame (Non-Spoiler)
There is literally no other film that we could have reviewed from this weekend outside of the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame. Picking up after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, the film follows our team of heroes as they attempt to defeat Thanos and reverse the effects of the snap. This film was once again directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The film sees the return of many of our established MCU stars like Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, and Chris Hemsworth as Thor. It also features performances from other established cast members like Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Karen Gillan, Brie Larson, Danai Guriria, Josh Brolin, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and more. The film has managed to completely shatter box office records by grossing over 1.2 billion worldwide over the course of five days.
The film begins with a heartbreaking moment for one of the original six Avengers. Clint Barton enjoys a day with his family right up until the moment where all of them vanish except him. The film then transitions to Tony and Nebula, stuck in space. In a recording intended for Pepper, Tony explains that they were able to travel for a short period of time, but their ship is now dead, and oxygen is running out. Before that end comes, though, Carol Danvers is able to rescue them and transport them back to Earth. The beaten team argue about their loss against Thanos, which becomes more complicated when they detect a power signal similar to the snap. The team goes to confront Thanos with the ultimate goal of reversing the effects of the snap.
So, I am quickly discovering that writing a non-spoiler review for Avengers: Endgame is more of a trying task than I was expecting. Approximately 90% of the marketing for the film encompasses the first twenty minutes of the film, so viewers walk into the theater with very little idea of how the plot and story unfolds. I don’t want that ruined for anybody, so my review will probably be slightly less detailed than normal. Now, with that out of the way, this film is an epic conclusion to the first twenty-one movies released in the MCU. It is full of unexpected moments, but it still manages to give closure to the characters we have followed for so long. There were a lot of callbacks and parallels to previous Marvel films, and while watching the entire Marvel catalogue is not a requirement to watch Endgame, there is a certain amount of payoff for longtime fans.
One of my favorite parts of this film is that it does not rush through the level of pain and grief that they each feel about failing to defeat Thanos. It expresses itself in different ways for each character, and the reactions stay true to each character. Cap, ever the optimist, encourages others to make the best of their situations. Natasha pours herself into patrolling the world and the galaxy for threats. Hawkeye takes vengeance against the survivors that he deems unworthy. Bruce works to resolve his relationship issues with Hulk after having difficulty during Infinity War. Thor consoles himself with food and drink while Tony decides to make the best of his second chance. Even characters like Okoye, Rocket, Nebula, Rhodey, and Carol all find ways to feel like they’re making a difference in this new world. This movie has some hard hitting emotional moments, and each of the original six Avengers gets their chance to shine. The story arcs for each of these characters are well planned, and they are only made better by the actors themselves. Every actor gave their best in this film, and it shows in every scene.
I can honestly say that Avengers: Endgame is a satisfying ending to an eleven year narrative that still allows this movie to stand on its own. It has the perfect blend of action, humor, and heart, and while there are some complaints that can be made about the logistics of their plans, I enjoyed it too much to go there. I also found it refreshing that the story still maintains stakes for these characters. Every single one of them is ready to sacrifice and lay down their lives to make things right, and they truly embody the mindset of “whatever it takes.” There are more than a few moments that leave the audience cheering, and the Russos and the writers provide a lot of moments that fans have been dying to see. I think that Avengers: Endgame is not just a great story but also a film that demands to be seen in theaters multiple times.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.