Thursday, April 25, 2019

Avengers: End Game Movie Review

Reviewed by Sean Ferguson
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, Avengers: Endgame, which will rewrite the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. When it’s all over, nothing will be the same.

Film (5 out of 5 stars)
Marvel has stuck the landing. The journey took eleven years and twenty-two films to reach this point, but they actually pulled it off. It was impressive how they assembled the solo origin movies that were perfectly cast and even more impressive when they actually tied the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the first Avengers movie, which at the time seemed unheard of. Now, with Avengers: Endgame, the total culmination of all of this effort is here and is bigger than anything anyone (other than perhaps Stan Lee and Kevin Feige) could have ever imagined. Not only do all of these different characters and their histories not get lost in the shuffle, but the overall arc of the story is better because of them. 
With Avengers: Infinity War leaving our heroes and the world in general in real bad shape when Thanos successfully defeated them to wipe out half of the universe's population with a snap from his Infinity Gauntlet, there were a lot of questions that needed to be answered with this film. Now reduced to basically the original band of the Avengers: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr., Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hensworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson), Hawkeye (Jereremy Renner),  and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), they question how can they actually avenge something that they couldn't overcome when they were at full strength. 
As more allies known and unknown come to their aid, a plan does begin to form on how they can rescue those that were lost and defeat Thanos once and for all. To do that though, will require a plan that I won't get into because I will not spoil this movie and that plan will be expected and audacious at the same time. It will also provide a very fun way to look at the first three phases of the MCU and see things from a different angle and offer some great fan service and closure too. I've been recommending to people that they rewatch the Avengers films, as well as the Captain America films Winter Soldier and Civil War along with Infinity War to fully appreciate what directors Joe and Anthony Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are attempting here. Not only do they perfectly juggle so many characters, but they also give them all their own moments to shine, a feat very hard to do with this many to include. 
End Game has a lot of fun twists and surprises to it as well as a lot of action and there are so many iconic scenes that fans will love that they're going to want to see it over and over again. There's a reason that so many people are going to laugh, cry, and cheer for these characters that we've loved for years. We genuinely care for these characters and that's in no small part due the incredible charisma of these actors who have done such a wonderful job bringing them to life. Part of the fun of this movie is how it plays off those expectations in both funny and emotional ways. The end of the film is fantastic and it's everything that I hoped it would be. Yes, this may be the end of the road for some of the Avengers as new ones have arrived to take their place, but what a way to go! My hat is off to Marvel and all involved on pulling off the perfect ending of the series in such an entertaining and emotional way. I can't wait to see it again!  

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