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Movie Review: “Avengers: Endgame”

There are many movies that are worth seeing, but there are a lot of stinkers as well. My goal here is to weed out the good from the bad.

Theatrical Release: 4/26/2019

Theatrical Release: 4/26/2019

Synopsis

Thanos (Josh Brolin) achieved exactly what he set out to do. The Avengers were unable to stop him, and he wiped half of the universe’s population from existence—including many of their friends and loved ones. Unable to accept this loss, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) tries to reunite the surviving members of the team. Along with a powerful new ally in Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), the Avengers may be able to take down the titan. However, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is very far away. He is on a spaceship without power with an unlikely ally, and they are running out of oxygen quickly.

The team is still strong, but Thanos has taken steps to ensure that what he has done cannot be undone. All hope may be lost, and the surviving members of the team struggle with that reality. However, the arrival of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) brings a glimmer of hope. Scott Lang has a sort of wild card idea that Thanos could not have counted on, but it is certainly a long shot. They may not be able to save the lives of those affected by the snap, but the surviving heroes are willing to risk everything to avenge them.

Official Trailer

The Pros & Cons

All movies start with an average score of 75pts, points are then added or subtracted based on each Pro and Con. Each Pro or Con is designated points, ranging from 0-10, to convey how significant these Pros or Cons are.

The ProsThe Cons

The Avengers (+10pts)

The Second Act (-2pts)

The Plan (+9pts)

Plot Holes? (-3pts)

The Battle (+9pts)

Thanos (-2pts)

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Pro: The Avengers (+10pts)

Without giving anything away, I loved what the filmmakers did with each of the members of the original Avengers. The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) was probably the least developed character of this group, but he was definitely entertaining whenever he was on screen. The filmmakers were able to give decent character stories to Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man, and Captain America. Each of these characters dealt with their loss to Thanos in different, yet equally compelling ways.

I really do not want to spoil any of these storylines, so excuse me for being so vague, but know that this was my favorite part of this movie. I liked seeing how Thanos‘ snap impacted each character, I liked seeing how each character dealt with that, and I liked how this movie served as a culmination of each character’s stories throughout their entire run in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This movie showed each of these characters at their lowest and most desperate, which was very compelling to watch. This was a massively epic movie in which the characters were given captivatingly dramatic stories, and the cast delivered the great performances that these stories needed. Together, this combination made for an emotional roller-coaster that—if you are anything like me—will have you more invested in these characters than ever before.

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Con: The Second Act (-2pts)

The first act hooked me, and the third act delivered an incredibly satisfying and epic climax, but I will get into that later. The second act, however, seemed to struggle a little in terms of its pacing. This movie picked up right where Avengers: Infinity War left off, and it gripped the audience immediately. It was an intense start, but the movie ended up slowing way down.

Slowing down the movie was definitely necessary in order to flesh out the characters, and in order to cool-down the audience before eventually dialing up the intensity again. However, it was how slow the movie got that was the problem here. If you are as invested in these characters as I was, this will not be a problem for you—you may not even notice it. Some audience members, while mind-blowing to me, may find this slower section boring or uninteresting. For me, as invested in these characters as I was, I was at times left wondering why the filmmakers needed to drag this section out for as long as they did. It is not like this would have been a short movie if they trimmed it down a bit. Fortunately, the movie did get rolling again, and it will quickly re-hook anyone whose attention may have dropped off in the slower second act.

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Pro: The Plan (+9pts)

Alright, this is going to be brief, because I cannot say too much about what I liked about the plan that the Avengers came up with without giving away what that plan was. What I can say is that I thought this plan was perfect for a movie that was intended to be the culmination of a massive, twenty-two movie franchise. The plan did a great job of paying homage to the movies and stories that have came before this one, and it did so in a way that added new perspectives to those stories. The plot of this movie was a lot of fun, it played with some iconic moments, it felt was an epic heist story, it was thought provoking, and it was a fitting tribute to the rest of the franchise.

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Con: Plot Holes? (-3pts)

One side effect of the plan was that it opened up the door for a lot of inconsistencies and holes throughout the plot of this story, as well as other movies throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In other words, it makes you ask a lot of questions about whether or not things make sense, in both this movies as well as several of the movies that came before it. Fortunately, I do not think any of these inconsistencies hold up. To me, every “plot hole” can be explained logically.

Just because we do not see every single moment on screen, that does not mean that those things did not happen, and it therefor does not mean there is a plot hole. In my opinion, everything still holds up, but if these things do not make sense to many who have seen the movie, then that means the filmmakers should have given these things a bit more attention. In other words, while I do not agree that these issues were “plot holes”, I agree that the filmmakers should have given a little more effort to clearing them up. Either way, these “issues” were very minor, in my opinion, and they had little to no impact on my thorough enjoyment of the movie.

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Pro: The Battle (+9pts)

To put it really simply, the final battle of this movie was epic. Do not get me wrong, the movie was absolutely full of great, epic, and entertaining action sequences and moments, but the final battle brought it to a whole new level. It was full of great characters doing awesome things, it had plenty of memorable moments, it had plenty of surprises, and the stakes could not have been any higher. I liked pretty much everything that led up to it, but the final battle delivered a very satisfying climax for this movie, as well as for all of the movies that came before it. It was just a ton of fun, and it was the type of epic, blockbuster climax that makes people love going to the movies, and to witness it all with the energy and enthusiasm of an opening weekend audience was truly special.

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Con: Thanos (-2pts)

Avengers: Infinity War did a really good job of setting up Thanos. In Avengers: Endgame, however, he did not get nearly as much focus. To be fair, the last movie was very much Thanos‘ story, while the focus of this one was on the Avengers and how they dealt with what happened. Unfortunately, it felt like Thanos was a bit of a background character in this movie.

His motivations were compelling in the last movie, but this movie felt like a step backward in that respect. The filmmakers did a really good job with him in the last movie, and while I did not think he was a poor villain in this movie, I thought his story could have used a little more attention. His motivations felt far more one-dimensional than they did in the last movie, and he felt like he had far less conviction than he did in Avengers: Infinity War. Fortunately, the filmmakers did such a good job with him in the last movie that audiences would have been totally invested in seeing the Avengers take him on again no matter what. Nonetheless, I thought the filmmakers could have done a better job of adding new layers to his story, rather than simply making this the one-dimensional version of the compelling character we got in Avengers: Infinity War.

Grading Scale

GradeCategoryPoints

A+

Amazing

95-100

A-

Great

90-94

B+

Good

85-89

B-

Decent

80-84

C+

Average

75-79

C-

Watchable

70-74

D+

Bad

65-69

D-

Terrible

60-64

F

Garbage

45-59

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Grade: A+ (96pts)

This movie was simply awesome. It was a massively epic movie, with incredibly high stakes, an entertaining plot, and compelling character development for some iconic characters. I did, however, have a few very minor issues with it. Thanos’ story felt a bit underwhelming when compared to the last movie, the second act of the story slowed way down—and it stayed slow for a while—and the plot seemed to open the door for some audience confusion. Fortunately, these were all very minor issues, as the movie’s strengths far outweighed its weaknesses.

This movie followed the original group of Avengers, as they struggled to deal with their loss to Thanos. They each got really strong and compelling character stories, and I enjoyed every second of it. The writing was strong, and the performances were strong, and it made for a captivating combination. The plot of the movie was an entertaining one that paid homage to all the movies that came before it, and the final battle was absolutely epic and packed with surprises and instantly iconic moments. This movie was fantastic in the most satisfying way, and served as a fitting conclusion to this saga—as if Marvel planned on stopping any time soon.

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