Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios present one of the year’s most anticipated movies, Avengers: Endgame. Picking up after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame finds Thanos (Josh Brolin) basking in his victory of eradicating half of the universe. The earthbound Avengers who survived include Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
Meanwhile, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillian) are using their combined knowledge to find a way to return to earth. The Avengers receive help from new allies including Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and Okoye (Danai Gurira). Former Avenger Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) as well as old-friend Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) also make appearances.
I highly advise you to walk into Avengers: Endgame blindly by avoiding spoilers. I recommend seeing Avengers: Endgame on the biggest screen possible. I do want to give fans a heads up: the first half of Avengers: Endgame is all about the build-up to avenging the fallen, so you have to wait a bit for the action.
The screenplay from the writing duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who previously wrote five films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the perfect culmination of every Marvel film that preceded Avengers: Endgame. The writers made the wise choice not to sugarcoat the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War. The mirror-like image the writers created for both the audience and the characters dealing with grief and loss is genius. In the hands of lesser writers, the choice to use the five stages of grief in a comic-book film might have come across as forced.
Returning to the director’s chair for their fourth Marvel Cinematic Universe film, the Russo brothers have once again constructed a comic-book film full of fantastic action sequences. In previous films, the Russo brothers put me into the action, and the directing duo succeeds once again with Avengers: Endgame. It is still unbelievable that these filmmakers started out in the comedy genre, as they direct an action sequence as if it is second nature. The fight scenes are believable and avoid the overused shaky cam technique.
The acting in Avengers: Endgame stays on the same course as the previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While all of the cast shows off their acting chops during the film’s first hour as they deal with grief, once the action starts, it’s game time—they’re back to the characters you know and love.
While the film does have a three-hour run-time, Avengers: Endgame is never dull. The script allows the running time to go by quickly. Rest assured you can take a bathroom break, just be sure to be back before the last hour of the film.
Eleven years and twenty-two films later, the story arc comes to an emotional and satisfying conclusion in the form of Avengers: Endgame. Filled with humor, tearful moments, and fantastic action sequences, Avengers: Endgame is the perfect cinematic payoff for fans.