The culmination of a 10+ year saga ends with a bang, not with a snap.
Here lies the first Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Born May 2nd, 2008 with the release of the first Iron Man, the MCU has spanned twenty-two films over eleven years, with many ups (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok), some downs (Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 2), and even garnering an Oscar nod for Best Picture (Black Panther). With the release of the fourth Avengers film, we see the culmination of this epic saga that works on so many levels, leaving audiences laughing, crying, and wondering where the Universe will head off to next, especially in light of the recent Fox/Disney merger.
It is extremely difficult to discuss a film like this in depth without going into spoiler territory. For the few weeks leading up to the release of Endgame, I have avoided all things Avengers on websites and social media like the plague, even avoiding trailers until it became too difficult to do so. There is so much to unpack with the films beefy 182-minute runtime, but it never felt its length. Taking place primarily five years after the events of Infinity War, we see the Avengers that survived “the snap” try to figure out a way to possibly reverse time to try and bring back those they lost and to keep the Infinity Stones out of the hands of Thanos, The action scenes (especially during the second act) keep you engrossed without wondering what is going on, leading to an extended third act battle reaches maximum overload, both to the films advantage and its detriment.
Kudos to the Russo brothers for being to pull off Endgame in such a terrific way given the fact that Infinity War was release this time last year and we are now so deep in this saga. There were a lot of balls to juggle, and for the most part it was effective. Sure there were several scenes where a particular character was there just to play the role of ***-ex machina (no spoilers), and you have to be really paying attention to a lot of the bigger action sequences to catch everything that is happening. This a film built for repeat viewing, which is something I thought I would never say about a film that was over three hours. Get the large popcorn and make sure you use the restroom before the film begins, because there isn’t a lot of room to breathe.
As a film based solely on technical achievements, script, and performances, this is a solid B. That being, given the grand scale of the movie, how it ties the massive universe together, and the pure spectacle of it all, my final grade for Avengers: Endgame is an A- (9.3/10).
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