***This is a spoiler-free review though there are spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.
On April 24th, 2019, I was fortunate to attend the Canadian premiere for Marvel Cinematic Universe’s epic conclusion to The Avengers saga, Avengers: Endgame. This film was directed by the Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe Russo, starring our well-known and beloved cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson and Karen Gillan.
This movie picks up after the events in Avengers: Infinity War, after Thanos succeeded in wiping out half of the universe, including many of our fan-favourite heroes. Now it’s up to the remaining Avenger members to find a way to reverse Thanos’s actions and restore the world as it once was.
If you haven’t seen this film already, you should know that I don’t believe any Marvel fans will be disappointed. I hope no one is because, for a film that’s three-hours long, the whole cast and crew put in so much time and effort to make sure that Endgame IS the perfect grand finale to what was eleven years and twenty-two films in the making.
Can I just say, massive kudos to Marvel for all the planning that went into producing such a long and successful series. Like … WOW.
I’m not going to lie, going into the film, I had my doubts about making Endgame a three-hour long movie. On one hand, it’s exciting because of course no one wants this series to end, nor do they want the movie to feel rushed. But on the other hand, it can be daunting. I’m the type of person who will sometimes pick a movie to watch based off its run-time. I mean, the last thing anyone wants, especially in an action film like The Avengers, is to be bored out of your mind, or feel like the movie was slow and too stretched out. I was very impressed to see that Endgame was not the case.
As expected, there was A LOT to cover and I know Marvel did a good job at handling the run-time because, not only was I intrigued as to what will happen next the entire time but the film didn’t really feel like three hours. I was so entrapped and fixated onto the screen that I didn’t realize time slipping away. There was hardly any dull moments (only one part in the beginning felt slow but then shortly after, the film began to pick up its pace and redeem itself).
I don’t want to give away how the Avengers intend to defeat Thanos and undo the snap (even though the theory has been circulating around the Internet), but I personally enjoyed the direction they took this film in. I actually love films that use this type of narrative so anyone who enjoys these type of films will enjoy it too. What I enjoyed from this narrative in Endgame was that these scenes and the characters involved were funny, exciting, action-packed and nostalgic.
Not everyone will like this narrative. The problem with it, especially in the last movie of the franchise, is that it can create issues that may deter you from enjoying the movie completely. I don’t look too much into a film for any gaps or plot holes, so for me, I enjoyed this narrative for its entertainment value. If you look at the film from a technical perspective, you might beg to differ.
The action will not disappoint any Marvel or action fans. There’s one scene in particular (you will know which one I’m talking about after watching the movie) that, to me, was the best Marvel action scene ever.
I. Enjoyed. Every. Second. Of. It.
I held my boyfriend’s hand throughout the entire movie and when every anxious, edge-of-your-seat moment happened, I would squeeze his hand. As for every exciting moment, I slapped our hands against my knee, as if I was cheering or our hands were jumping for joy because I couldn’t at the moment.
Let’s just say that during this part of the movie, I had an uncontrollable fit of squeezing and slapping.
Endgame had the perfect blend of action and comedy to keep you entertained and to help relieve you from the realization that, once this movie is over and the credits begin to roll, this film marks the end of an era. For the younger generation (like me), these films were part of our childhood. We grew up watching these films. For others, you may have grown up reading the comics.
We’ve been through so many adventures with these heroes. We’ve connected to them, admired them and followed them for over a decade, and to watch it all come to an end is heartbreaking. Everyone has a Marvel story to tell and how these films or characters have affected them over the years. So when you watch Endgame, be prepared for a three-hour rollercoaster ride of emotions.
The best words to describe this film is SPECTACULAR, NOSTALGIC and BITTERSWEET.
I hope this isn’t considered a spoiler in regards to the post-credits scene, but just to let you know, there is none. I’m sparing you from sitting and anticipating for something that will never happen, but if you prefer to sit and wait till the credits end and watching the names of people who brought this film to life for you, please go ahead. The cast and crew’s names honestly deserve to be recognized for their hard work.
At the end of the movie, I don’t know what made the audience more upset: the fact that the last Avengers movie ended or the fact that there was no post-credits. I mean, this is the last film so what would you expect? As we left, I heard many people announcing their frustration and disappointment in the theatre. In fact, there was one guy who screamed, “Marvel gave us no after credit scene, so WE RIOT!”
But despite there not being a post-credit scene, after reading some things online and hearing one guy among the silent auditorium gasp closer to the end of the film, maybe Marvel did leave a hint of what’s to come after all?
I don’t read or follow the comic books so I’m not an expert you should rely on, but whatever Marvel has instore, I’m sure it’s going to be just as well-thought out and enjoyable as all the other hundreds of films they created. And I’m sure that I’ll be there to watch it.
I hope you enjoyed Avengers: Endgame as much as I did! I think it was a really good conclusion to The Avengers saga and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. There were a lot of memorable scenes and action, a good mix of comedy and tragedy, a good pacing after you get through the beginning and an amazing performance by our favourite cast. There were minor issues (which contain spoilers) that I’m sure people may complain about but I chose to overlook them to fully enjoy this movie.
Comment below what your thoughts on Endgame were, if you agree/disagree, or if you want a spoiler review where I go into much greater detail of the film.
Just remember: Don’t Spoil the Endgame!
Avengers: Endgame is currently in theatres.