*Editor’s Note: This review is spoiler-free, but if you want to go in 100% clear – it’s worth reading this after!*
Since 2008’s ‘Iron Man’ and an expansive range of 21 movies over the past 11 years, it’s all be leading up to this movie which acts as the final part of the ‘Infinity Saga’. After the devasting ending of the previous Avengers instalment’ Infinity War, in which 50% of all life in the universe was erased, the remaining team have to band together with newcomer Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) to restore the Universe.
Avengers Endgame has to juggle with the emotional weight of fan-favourite characters being dead, long-term character arcs continuing to unfold on screen, while also presenting a hopeful depiction of how to live on in the face of adversity. Much like Captain America, you don’t just give up when the odds aren’t in your favour, you get back up and keep going. The Russo Brothers do a tremendous job of showing hope even in the darkest times, whether it’s through humour (of which there is a tonne of laugh-out-loud moments) or inspiring speeches.
With a heavier focus on characters and the way they have been dealing with the snap as opposed to heavy action scenes, the Russo’s manage to pull off both extremely well. It’s ironic that the creatives that have brought Thanos to life do such a fine job with balancing. It’s worth noting that Alan Silvestri’s score is incredible and will make you punch the air at certain key moments throughout the film.
How do you conclude multiple narrative threads, continue off from one of Hollywood’s biggest cliffhangers, end a decade worth of storytelling while ALSO ensuring that the future of the franchise can continue and thrive? It’s a daunting task, next to Star Wars, the MCU is one of Disney’s biggest cash cows. But much like the Avengers themselves, Marvel Studios have managed to defy the odds and deliver a film that celebrates 11 years of universe world-building in a pleasing way.
The movie also gives us the best performances from the original six Avengers in ANY MCU outing with Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, and Jeremy Renner acting their hearts out. Each actor gets to demonstrate a complex range of emotions from remorse to pure glee – without ever feeling out of character. A true testament to the group and their hard work all these years.
Overview: Avengers Endgame is an emotional journey of a film that celebrates a cinematic achievement unlike any other. A masterpiece that fits the very definition of ‘satisfaction’.