Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson, Jeremy Renner, etc.
Movie Run Time: 3hrs 1 Min
Review Read: ~ 10 mins
Disclaimer: Avengers: Endgame is a huge cinematic title. In order to avoid spoilers, Playbomb Reviews will refrain from revealing plot points and showing screenshots of the movie, regardless of whether these pictorial depictions or plot points were featured in the trailers or otherwise.
It’s been 11 long years since the debut of the first whispers of an Avengers movie; 7 years since the first Avengers graced the big screen, causing this new sense of wonder we first experienced to bubble up since our childhood looked at superheroes through comic books and cartoons. Avengers: Endgame brings the conclusion of the original heroes we all grew up with for these past 11 years with a satisfying payoff; albeit with the caveat that there are some plot points that we will just have to accept and move on in order to fully enjoy the plot’s logic. Regardless, the movie has convinced me to once again believe that in every story there can still be happy endings in a time where mainstream screenwriting has more or less evolved to dark undertones and more mature themes. Endgame also has an added layer in its messaging that happy endings can also come at a bitter-sweet price; also albeit, sweeter than they are bitter.
In order to make this review as bearable as possible, I will be labelling three terms:
- Pure funny points of the movie to be “ha-lights”.
- Points of the movie where it warrants cheers and applauses to be “cheer points”
- Lastly, points of the movie where it makes you cry to be “cry-holes”.
In the shadow of Infinity War (where it had left all of us with heavy hearts last year), Endgame lives the spirit to bring the avenging of those heavy hearts with a generous amount of ha-lights, cheer points, and cry-holes. Endgame is a movie that sets all (actually, most) heartbreaks of the previous 21 movies (specifically more for the original Avengers) justified and satisfied, leaving healthy bipolar events that jerks you to tears of joy one moment, and then tears of sadness another. The plot is so filled with cry-holes and cheer points that it’s hard not to hold those tears back. It pulls no punches in sparing your eyes because you are already so invested in these characters for the last 11 years; that you’ve known them so well and that you would’ve wanted the best for them. You weep when they weep, and you feel the joy that they felt in their most joyous or wonderous moments. It’s a movie that helps you learn the sub-conscious of empathy, and it’s surprising how the cinematography and writing of these superheroes bring so much emotional value to us mature audiences on a personal level. Endgame is also sprinkled generously with ha-lights in its clever writing and running jokes; some of these ha-lights might even compel you to scream in the cinema “THEY DID NOT JUST DO THAT”. Nevertheless, the highest moments of the film would definitely strike awe and excitement for all who are familiar with the MCU, paying honour to every past-21-movie installations.
There are many cheer points in the movie. The climax of Endgame brings the return of Gandalf and his army in the Lord of the Rings’ battle against the forces of Sauron in Minas Tirith to shame. Additionally, even the moments where femininity highlighted felt natural, although clearly distinguishable in the scene’s agenda.
I only had one caveat of Endgame. With the weightage of Infinity War in its wake, the words from the Russo brothers ring very true in paraphrase: That it would be near impossible to make things right in its chronological plot after the destruction by Thanos in Infinity War. I would agree from their perspective explanation that it would be hard to provide the clearest, most holistic, and proper reasoning for what the Avengers were trying to accomplish in its plot. Then again, the cleverness of the writing in its prequel demands and forces audiences to accept that there are certain deus ex machinas and coincidences that will have to happen. That things on and off screen that don’t make sense have to make sense – all because the Avengers only had one possible outcome in which it brings the most satisfying conclusion. Endgame is one of those movies where the emotional payoffs of their characters are more important than the logic of the plot itself. And is the payoff worth it? Most definitely!
I would say that if Avengers: Endgame was the final movie for the MCU, I would have been satisfied without the existence of future MCU phases. The 11-year-long fight against Thanos is one that was satisfying to catch after this whole 22-movie journey. The movie brings fitting conclusions to the original Avengers and I’m really excited to see this legacy incepted by the respected Stan Lee continue through the years.
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