Part of the journey is the end, and what an ending it is! The final chapter in the Infinity Saga, Avengers: Endgame is a little messy and sometimes convoluted, but an ultimately satisfying ending to one of the greatest run of films known to cinema.
This will mostly be a spoiler-free review, but it would be nearly impossible to discuss a movie such as Avengers: Endgame, without mentioning a few details.
The film picks up after the events of Avengers: Infinity War with earth’s mightiest heroes struggling with their loss to Thanos. After all hope seems lost, a speck of optimism comes from an unlikely source that puts the main events of the film in motion. While that description itself could come from a number of different movies, it’s really the history that the audience has with the characters and films that helps the story rise above.
Every major performance was wonderfully acted, but there were definitely a few standouts. Robert Downy Jr. as Tony Stark and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton are the two that really stood out. There are quite a few small scenes, with just a few characters talking, that almost made me forget that this was a superhero film. Those scenes were some of my favorites in the film and featured some great acting and skillful writing. But the bigger and louder scenes were nearly just as good. The action was well choreographed and easy to follow and never felt too long.
Most of my grievances with the film come from how some of the characters were treated. Captain Marvel’s role in the film was truly bizarre with no kind of introduction. I didn’t care that Thor was nearly just a long-running gag through most of the film. And worst of all, a major character with a long-standing storyline completes said storyline off- camera and is explained in just a few lines. The story gets a little too “big” in the middle and left me trying to remember things a little too often as well. Also, this was the least funny MCU film of the last couple of years.
Ultimately though, this is a movie for the payoffs, and it delivers those in bunches. It is a grand crowd pleaser that gives the audience scene after scene of payoffs that the franchise has been building towards for years. They mostly all feel earned and not just thrown in cheaply. Some of the characters have very emotional conclusions to their story-lines and it was honestly a little melancholy knowing their stories are finished. Not enough can be said for how well Disney and Marvel have cast and developed their characters over the course of the last 11 years.
Avengers: Endgame is highly recommended. A seasoned fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will get the most out of the film, but nearly everyone should be able to enjoy the quality put forth on the screen.