I’ve been given the nearly impossible task of reviewing the follow up to not only one of the most anticipated films of the year, but also a film that follows the biggest cliffhanger since the Empire Strikes Back. Why is it impossible? Because I have so much to say about AVENGERS: ENDGAME but almost all of it would spoil the movie!
If you have seen Marvel Studio’s 2018 Avengers: Infinity War, there’s no question you are chomping at the bit to find out if Thanos really did kill off half the universe’s population. So my task at hand is not too convince you to see the film because obviously you already want to. I am here to inform you that not only is ENDGAME a high-quality film, it is also a worthy follow up to not only Infinity Wars but a very worthy conclusion to a twenty-two film saga.
ENDGAME is a cinematic achievement that was able to seamlessly incorporate storylines and characters from twenty-one other films! There is no other film series in the history of cinema that has even attempted something like this, let alone executed it so perfectly. Nothing felt forced, with everything just flowing together perfectly like a symphony. Because of this ENDGAME is the most satisfying Marvel Studios film to date. There are so much fan service and payoffs from the previous twenty-one films, you can’t help but feel satisfied!
One element of ENDGAME that surprised me was how much humor was in it. Infinity Wars is pretty tense throughout but ENDGAME builds up to that tension with pure comedy gold. Of course, there are the tension breaking one-liners we have come to expect from Marvels films but there were also some ridiculous scenarios that were not played off for a cheap laugh but stayed present as the film progressed.
But don’t get me wrong, this film is not light-hearted. There are several gut punches that will be at the forefront of your mind as you exit the theater. But just like in real life, eventually the pain dulls down and you remember the “good times”; you can’t have the bitter without the sweet. ENDGAME has moments of pure joyful bliss that I would love to share with you but I’d rather you experience them for yourself.
ENDGAME was not at all what I expected as I had figured it would continue the tone of Infinity War by creating a giant 5 and half hour movie, but ENDGAME is truly its own film. It is a remarkable achievement and a tough act to follow for all future Marvel films (including the upcoming Spiderman: Far From Home hitting theaters this July). Even if this were the last Marvel Cinematic film ever I would be completely satisfied with this conclusion. In short, I loved this movie and I can’t wait to see it again! AVENGERS: ENDGAME arrives in U.S. theaters April 26, 2019.