A Review of Avengers: Endgame

If you are even remotely connected to social media or the movie scene–and even if you aren’t, honestly–then you probably know that Avengers: Endgame was released in theaters this week. This was not only the fourth Avengers movie and the sequel to the cliffhanger-ending Infinity War, it’s also the end of what the people at Marvel are now calling the “Infinity Saga”–the 22 movies in the 11-year-long Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s no wonder, then, that the movie made a staggering $1.2 billion opening weekend.

 

But money aside, what is the deal with this movie? Can it really live up to the hype generated by a year of waiting for answers to Infinity War‘s heart-wrenching ending? The short answer: yes, it can, and more. Endgame is without a doubt one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. I can’t imagine liking it more than I did. I’ll keep this review spoiler-free for the sake of those who haven’t seen it, but there may be spoilers for Infinity War.

 

After the Decimation (the official name for Thanos snapping half of all life out of existence), the original six Avengers, plus War Machine, Rocket Racoon, Captain Marvel, and Nebula, are left to figure out what to do in a world where most of their friends and family have vanished. Without a doubt the shining stars of Endgame are Captain America and Iron Man. It had been widely accepted even before Infinity War was released that these two heroes could be soon coming to the end of their careers, as respective actors Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. completed their contracts with Marvel. And with that in mind, with no spoilers as to either hero’s fate, I will say that both characters were incredibly written and acted. Their emotional beats and action moments were the best moments in the whole film for me.

 

The story contained a lot of surprises for me, as I fought to stay spoiler-free until I could see it for myself. The first fifteen minutes alone contained jaw-dropping moments, and from there things never let up. Emotional moments, intense action scenes, and comedic moments blended together perfectly to form a movie that makes viewers laugh, cry, and cheer–all three of which I actually did at various points in the movie.

 

What blows my mind is that even though Endgame is three hours long, it somehow feels shorter than Infinity War, which is nearly half an hour shorter. The movie breezes by, never dragging or feeling like it’s meandering to fill out the time. Every minute of the movie is used for maximum effect, and by the time you reach the final hour, the emotional payoff is massive and epic.

 

No movie has made me cry so hard since I saw Lord of the Rings: Return of the King when I was nine years old, but nor have I cheered out loud in a movie theater for sheer excitement since watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. Moments that have been teased by Marvel since some of its earliest movies finally pay off, and it creates an epic, masterful tapestry that was a joy to watch. For the three hours that I watched this movie, everything else faded away. I was a kid again, watching my heroes battle to save the day. There’s no moralistic pondering here–just an innate desire to do good. And they do.

 

I cannot recommend Avengers: Endgame enough. It truly has some of the most epic moments in movie history, some of the best visuals I’ve ever seen, and some of the best acting these people have ever performed. Go see this movie, and do it without being spoiled. A spoiler-free experience is the only way to watch this movie. Thank you, Marvel, for this amazing movie, this love letter to superhero fans everywhere. Thank you. And thank you to the late Stan Lee for creating these characters in the first place, so that we could experience something like this someday.

 

If he had been alive to see the movie, I believe I know what his response would’ve been.

 

Excelsior.

 

Overall score: 10/10

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