Director: Anthony & Joe Russo
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlet Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Brie Larson, Jeremy Renner
The culmination of 10 years of marvel excellence has reached its epic conclusion in the final installment of the infinity saga – Avengers: Endgame. If there was one film that the whole world was collectively looking forward to, this would be it. Infinity War left a slightly sour taste in our mouths with the disappearance of some of our favorite characters.
After losing the battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin) in the previous film, the remaining Avengers must come together one last time to undo the effects of the Thanos snap, which wiped out half of all existence. The film picks up immediately after the events of Infinity War with Clint Barton (Hawkeye) under house arrest, while Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are drifting through space in a damaged ship. Meanwhile, back on earth, the remaining Avengers are still trying to get past their failures.
Spoiler Warning! This review does contain spoilers so please go watch the film and then read this.
In the previous film, I was worried about how they would manage to balance the script, given the vast amount of characters on display and scope of the story, but they did. The same can be said about Endgame. The script is well fleshed out and each character gets their moment to shine. This is especially true given the fact that this film involves time travel and wrapping up individual character storylines. It also features callbacks to previous films within the saga. With all this to deal with, the script still manages to deliver a well-structured story that leaves no stones unturned and ultimately leads to a climactic conclusion.
In addition, the film succeeds in creating poignant moments with characters and their loved ones when they go back in time, such as Tony Stark meeting with his father, Howard Stark, Thor and his Mother and Steve (Chris Evans) catching a glimpse of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) – his romantic flame. Each encounter with their loved ones serves as a motivation for the heroes, especially for Tony Stark (Iron Man), who has one of the most outstanding character arcs in a comic book film.
As the first Avenger we are introduced to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the one who saw a vision of the conclusion of Thanos’ conquest in Avengers: Age of Ultron, I was keen to see how his story unfolds. In his short encounter with his Father in the past, Howard Stark (John Slattery) mentions that he would prefer a daughter instead of a son because he was afraid that his Son, Tony, would have similar traits to his. Specifically, Howard Stark says that his selfish needs would always outweigh the needs of many. This serves as a key catalyst for Tony and affects the decisions he makes as the film draws to a conclusion. Ultimately, he does “Whatever it takes” to fix things, as do other characters such as Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
In the mix of all this chaos, the film does pack moments of humor with Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) leading the line. Not to forget Thor’s magical transformation from a godlike body to “Melted Ice-cream” as Rocket put it. Professor Hulk also has good moments in this. After Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and the Hulk come to an agreement after years of internal struggling, they finally decide to coexist as one powerful entity. That said, the CGI for the character could have been better, especially in well-lit scenes.
As a form of escapism, these films have delivered lung-busting action creating absolute delirium in cinemas. Surprisingly, there is less action in this compared to Infinity War. Although the final battle is a heavy CGI fest, it does pack good moments such as Captain America wielding Thor’s Hammer, Dr. Strange re-introducing the previously fallen heroes and Captain America finally calling out the famous rallying cry that is used by the Avengers in the comics “Avengers, Assemble!” Delivering Fan Service is certainly a plus in this. If you’re a hardcore Marvel fan, I’m certain you will appreciate some of these moments.
Ultimately, Endgame delivers a satisfying conclusion to the infinity saga. 21 films have brought us up to this moment, and I’m glad to say that this film is the cherry on top of a fine marvel run spurned across 11 years. It goes beyond expectations and will be one of the best viewing experiences you will have this year. My suggestion is this: Do “Whatever it takes”, to see this in Cinemas.