Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’
Jake Sapp | Staff Writer
Story/Characters: It is almost impossible to talk about this movie without mentioning the absolutely immense cast that it carries with it during its three hour runtime. Almost every character from past Marvel films is here, including some that you may not even remember existed until now. The original six avengers take the spotlight here, unlike in ‘Infinity War’ where Thanos was arguably the main protagonist of the film. Almost everyone gives an absolutely stellar performance, especially Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, who are able to both deliver some of the most heartfelt and emotional scenes in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Without devling into spoilers, the plot is far more reliant this time around on character moments rather than a constant barrage of action sequences, a filmmaking choice that pays off in the end. Some people may be disappointed to hear that Thanos doesn’t have nearly as much of an influential role in this film than he did in Infinity War, and is almost a shell of his former self in terms of how well his dialogue was written. Another character that wasn’t handled too well was Captain Marvel, who comes across as far too arrogant in the scenes that she is in, and oftentimes talks down to the other characters.
Verdict: In all, Avengers: Endgame is a near perfect conclusion to the last ten years of Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe, and a jumping off point for the years to come. Every character gets their own time in the limelight, and each one gets a strong conclusion to their own individual plotlines. There are a few hiccups along the way, but they don’t detract from the film in any significant way beyond minor gripes or annoyances. For fans of the Marvel franchise, this film is incredibly satifying, and will surely be talked about for years to come. The film is projected to be the highest grossing movie of all time, and from what can be seen of it’s opening weekend, it will surely blow past that goal. If you aren’t completely invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you most likely won’t find much to enjoy during this film, but for Marvel fans, it is completely fulfilling. There are moments within “Endgame” that feel like pure fan service, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since they had almost everyone in the theater cheering and crying. The film is more of an event than an actual movie, and is incredibly indicative of how successful of a universe Marvel has built over the last 11 years. Some could say that these films are artless, and are ultimatley dangerous to the film landscape as a whole, but it could also be argued that the Marvel films have introduced an entire generation to the art of filmmaking, and will likely go on to inspire the next generation of creators within the film landscape. With the endgame finally past us, Marvel has yet another chance to show the world what they can do.