Probably one of the most anticipated movies of our generation, Avengers: Endgame is THE movie to see. People are frantically trying to get tickets, with many theatres being sold out for all of opening week. Memes about the movie have already been made before it even has premiered, and future marvel films and tv shows are already in the works. Never before has a movie been this anticipated by the public before, and with good reason, as the films ends a decades worth of world building.
Endgame has come out to strong reviews from critics and audience members alike. So far, the movie has a 78 on Metacritic, which indicates generally favorable reviews, and a 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus reading “Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel’s epic Infinity Saga.”
Me and my siblings entered the theatre to a completely packed house, which wasn’t surprising, as we had tried unsuccessfully to get tickets opening weekend, with all the houses almost or all the way full. We got all of our normal snack necessities and settled into a fairly rowdy audience, obviously very excited about the film. I had already heard good things from friends, who claimed they cried and thought it was absolutely brilliant: I had a somewhat different experience.
While certainly not crying (it’s very hard for a movie to make me cry), I did feel somewhat emotional during a few key moments sprinkled throughout the film. I had never really been a huge fan of Marvel films, so it didn’t come as a surprise that I wasn’t as invested in the film as the raving fanboys surrounding me (siblings included). But, even so, I was still very enveloped with what was going on, and was almost always paying attention.
One thing I didn’t think this film would have as much of as other Marvel properties was comedy, but I was very happy they did decide to take a more light-hearted approach for a majority of the film. Characters like Ant-Man, The Hulk, and Thor all were very good comedic foils to the more dramatic characters, and really helped balance the film out from being too melodramatic. I was very pleasantly surprised with how well done the writing was for this film, and haven’t been this impressed with a Marvel property since Captain America: Civil War. There were some very sentimental and dramatic moments that were elevated by how well the writing was.
As with every Marvel movie, the special effects were very well done, and a great asset to help the movie’s plot move forward in a coherent and visually stunning manner. I especially appreciated that it wasn’t TOO effects heavy, like Infinity War, which was one of my biggest problems with that film. The set and costume designs were also stunning, giving our favorite characters great badass looks.
Never before has such a powerhouse group of actors been assembled, and it really shows here in the final film. While everyone involved gives really good performances, there were some that stood out more than others. Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson both do really great work, and really flex their acting chops here. A big scene stealer though is Karen Gillian, who plays Nebula. Nebula has a fairly big role in this film, and Gillian does a great job at personifying her inner turmoil and repressed sentimentality, not to mention that Nebula’s arc is one of the best written character developments I’ve seen in a long while.
Even though the film does have a lot of positives, there are obviously still some things that bugged me. One thing that irked me when watching the movie was how the explained the time travel mumbo-jumbo. I think it’s a fairly clever way of making things work so that they aren’t left with too many plot holes (even though there still are plot holes), but it just felt more of like an excuse instead of an explanation, almost justifying the use of time travel. I also felt like the film was TOO cookie-cutter in way, almost as if there was no life in the film, and that it was just a bunch of checked boxes on Marvel, and the mouses, list for a successful conclusion.
But besides the somewhat minor flaws, the movie really is a great conclusion for all the fans favorite characters, while still giving other properties room to grow. I also know that fans have greatly enjoyed/appreciated the ending, which something lots of franchises have trouble doing (looking at you Game of Thrones). But, even if I’m not the biggest Marvel fan, I’ll definitely have to get used to them sticking around, because it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down.