Movie Review: “Avengers: Endgame”
Thanos (Josh Brolin) achieved exactly what he set out to do. The Avengers were unable to stop him and, as a result, half of the universe’s population (including many of their friends and loved ones) have been wiped from existence. 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 team may still be able to take down the titan. However, Tony Stark is very far away, on a spaceship with an unlikely ally and running out of oxygen.
The team is still strong, but Thanos has taken steps to ensure that what he has done cannot he undone. All hope may be lost, and the surviving members of the team struggle with coming to terms with that possibility. However, the arrival of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) brings a glimmer of hope. Scott Lang has a sort of wild card idea that Thanos definitely 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.
The Pros & Cons
The Avengers (+10pts)
The Second Act (-2pts)
The Plan (+9pts)
Plot Holes? (-3pts)
The Battle (+9pts)
Pro: The Avengers (+10pts)
Without giving anything away, I loved what the filmmakers did with each of the members of the original Avengers. Hulk 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, Black Widow, Thor, 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 roles in all of the earlier movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This movie shows each of these characters, who I enjoy, at their lowest and most desperate, which was very compelling to watch. This is a massively epic movie in which the characters were given captivatingly dramatic storylines. The filmmakers delivered compelling stories, and the cast delivered the great performances that these stories needed. Together, the combination makes for an emotional rollercoaster that will have you more invested in these characters than ever before.
Con: The Second Act (-2pts)
The first act hooked me, and the third act delivered an incredibly satisfying climax (which I will get into later). The second act, however, seemed to struggle a little, in terms of its pacing. This movie picks up right where Avengers: Infinity War left off, and grips the audience right away. It was an intense start, but ends up slowing down a bit.
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, the start of the second act did slowed way down. 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. Fortunately the movie does find its groove and will quickly re-hook anyone whose attention may have dropped off.
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 come up with, without giving away what that plan is. 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 does a great job of paying homage to the movies and stories that have come before, but it does so in a way that adds new perspectives to those stories. The plot of this movie was a lot of fun, played with some iconic moments, felt like the lost epic heist movie, was thought provoking, and was a fitting tribute to the rest of the franchise.
Con: Plot Holes? (-3pts)
One side effect of “The Plan” was that it opened up the door for what could be a lot of inconsistencies and holes throughout the plot of this story, as well as other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In other words, it makes you ask a lot of questions about whether or not things “make sense”. Fortunately, I do not think any of these ”inconsistencies” hold up. To me, every “plot hole” can be explained logically. Just because we (the audience) do not see every single moment on screen, that does not mean it 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” or “inconsistencies”, I agree that they needed more attention from the filmmakers. Either way, these “issues” were very minor, in my opinion, and had little to no impact on my thorough enjoyment of the movie.
Pro: The Battle (+9pts)
To put it really simply, the final battle of this movie was epic. Do not get me wrong, the movie is absolutely full of great, epic, and entertaining action sequences, but the final battle brought it to a whole new level. It was full of great characters doing cool things, it had plenty awesome and memorable moments, had plenty of surprises, and the stakes could not have been higher. I liked the build up, throughout this story, but the final battle delivered a very satisfying climax for this movie (as well as the movie that came before). It was just a lot of fun, and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
Con: Thanos (-2pts)
Avengers: Infinity War did a really good job of setting up Thanos. In Avengers: Endgame, he really did not get 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 one felt like a step backward in that regard. He just came across as a bit underwhelming. Again, the filmmakers did a really good job with him in the last movie and, while I did not think he was a “bad” villain in this movie, I thought his story could have used a little more attention. Fortunately, the last movie did such a good job of setting him up, that I did not think this was a major issue for Avengers: Endgame. I still understood the antagonist and his motivations, even though this movie was not the one that gave him proper development.
Grade: A+ (96pts)
This movie was amazing! 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, the second act of the story slowed way down (which may temporarily bore some audience members), and the plot seemed to open the door for potential plot inconsistencies (I personally do not believe there were any, as everything made sense to me, but these things could have used more attention). Fortunately, these were all very minor issues, as the film’s strengths far outweighed its weaknesses.
This movie followed the original group of The Avengers, as they struggled to deal with their previous loss to Thanos. They each got really strong and compelling character development that I enjoyed every second of. The writing was strong, and the performances were equally strong, which made for a great combination. The plot of the movie (as in the plan that The Avengers came up with) was a very entertaining one, and the final battle was absolutely epic and full of surprises. This movie was fantastic in the most satisfying way and served as a fitting conclusion to this saga (...as if Marvel plans on stopping any time soon).