(This is Avengers: Endgame film review, which is the final film in Marvel’s Phase 3 projects)
So much to say; and so much to take. Endgame is possibly one of the biggest films to date in the current era that has almost half of the world expecting it since a year ago. It all began with Iron Man(technically The Incredible Hulk, but let’s just ignore that). And a decade later, we have 22 films that make up the Avengers roster.
Endgame is what its name suggested. It is here to be the spectacular ending to this decade of enjoyment: a legacy itself. The film starts right after the mid-credit scene in Captain Marvel(2019) where the leftover heroes have to find ways to revive the ‘snapped’ humanity and the other beings that are affected in the galaxy.
It is directed by the awesome Russo Brothers, who also did two of Captain America‘s sequels and the splendid Infinity War(2018). Coincidentally, the writers are also a pair of duo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, that have done some other Marvel films, especially the Captain America trilogy.
Of course, it stars the big names such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin.
Without further ado, let’s delve into the Avengers: Endgame film review below to see if this is indeed the film that is worthy to be the end of the era.
The story picks up from the Infinity War where Thanos has successfully managed to wipe out 50% of the living population in the whole galaxy. Captain America and Black Widow have come out of hiding and is planning to find ways to search for Thanos. And Captain Marvel is back as well to assist. But could they manage to save the world again against such great threat?
Avengers: Endgame Film Review
I got to admit, I have never read the comics at all. So I come into the theatre with a fresh mind that knows nothing. Straight off the bat, the story continues from the last film and it includes more scene for us to be reminiscent of the past films. In fact, the story took us back in time to films such as the first Avengers and all the way to pre-Iron Man era.
It is an interesting way to use the concept of time travel which then links to all of the past films that we have watched. This is more than just paying homage, no, this is a revisit, for us fans to remember why we become Marvel fans in the first place. The premise keeps things fresh yet also familiar, a delicate balance which is a tough nut to crack. But Endgame cracks it nonetheless, and it does it splendidly hard.
The usage of past realities and also with interactions with some of the heroes’ past selves give us an interesting point of view. It allows us to see how much they have grown through this decade on screens. And for the characters to use their future knowledge to deal with the problems, it just looks clever and sick! Though there’s one part about the time travelling that seems a bit forced. Like Stark suddenly solves the problem just once without a failure.
And though it is a tearful journey, it has been a wonderful end to a film that aims to represent the past 22 films, and be the one that ends it gracefully.
Finally, I feel that the film does it well portraying the antagonist to show us that Thanos is not a mindless killers but a responsible one. And that when the one that starts everything also becomes the one that ends this Marvel era, it strikes me hard. The cycle has gone the full round and has finally completed its journey. And though it is a tearful journey, it has been a wonderful end to a film that aims to represent the past 22 films, and be the one that ends it gracefully.
Pacing wise it takes time for us to see how the heroes cope with their first big loss in a while. Thanks to the slower beginning, we are shown more interactions and how human the superheroes are. We see them grief and stuff, and tries to get on.
The film expertly picks the pace up once the characters have found ways to get to the past, and things goes pretty fast yet firmly from there. Non-stop action scenes and intense moments come one after another, and you won’t feel bored at all with the myriad of perspectives from so many of the characters.
The CGI is just as excellent as is in the Infinity War. They are used subtly and never become the main focus of any scenes. No, this film knows that its story and characters are the key, and the visuals just there to give a maximum impact. We are treated with plenty of space environments as well as some cool special effects used in the fighting scenes.
The battleground feels grand and the numbers too big to be counted.
What’s more, during the final big fight, it is just fcking awesome. The battleground feels grand and the numbers too big to be counted. Every sequences are filled with powerful moves, lasers, weapons and others that makes it so tense and fun, and ultimately memorable and impactful. All-in-all, this film kills it with a CGI that’s meant to enhance the story and not purely for visual purposes.
Now we get into the meaty part. Oh boy, the characters are literally the ones that make Endgame such a tearful yet intense journey right till the credit scenes. Let’s start with Iron Man, shall we. The one that begins it all has received his deserved screentime and some down moments. We are shown how human he is despite his abnormal genius mind and his arrogant-ness as a rich guy.
Iron Man is the one who suffers the most from the losses, and yet can be considered one of the luckiest as well. From his loss of 50% of the Earth’s population and his beloved SpiderMan, he gains a family of his own with Pepper Potts. He is the one who has to choose to sacrifice his current life for a possible chance to rescue the other 50% of the population. And in the end, be the one that ends the war with his life.
Stark is easily the main star here, and the one going through the most hardship. I like how he has changed a lot since the first Iron Man film. Now, I can see that he has truly become the 2nd leader of the Avengers that is able to get back up despite the tremendous losses he suffers. And when he sacrifices himself with the Infinity Stones, it just feels so dignified. For only he could be the one to end it all.
ps There’s also a part where he meets his father in the past, and damn that part is touching as we see yet another cycle ends. This time with his death to protect the family, just like his father’s.
Then we move on to Captain America, the ultimate leader of the Avengers who now have to carry on the slack when Stark is at his lowest. He is still as cool and calm as ever. We see less changes but he carries the film right till the end. The film mostly focuses on his fighting skills and charisma as a leader.
And the part that makes it so sick? It’s when the Mjollnir recognises him as worthy and he lifts it up in the final fight! There’s an impactful scene where he uses that to fight Thanos and almost has the upper hands. Man, those are some powerful fight scenes that are pretty symbolic itself. And when he fights himself and tricks the Hydra agents, that is pretty badass as well!
As for the other characters, not all of them receive equal screentime or treatment. Some of the memorable ones are Black Widow, Hawkeye and Thor. Black Widow and Hawkeye are becoming like lovers here, though one-sided. We are shown the true emotion of the assassins who is normally composed. She acted as the 3rd Leader of the Avengers and then we are shown her sacrifice when they try to get the Soul Stone. Sadly, nothing much is shown after.
Hawkeye receives better treatment than her in that we are shown why he is angry. His whole family turn to dust right at the beginning of the film. And he goes rogue for a while before Black Widow found him to recruit him back to the Avengers. Thor, though, has become something like a joker character, especially with the biggest transformation we have seen. He is now a fat dude who loves alcohol and games. And his scenes are mostly for laugh or for the grand fight.
And would you imagine that Captain Marvel receives even less screentime than the Raccoon?
Gone is his Ragnarok’s coolness, though it’s a unique sight to see the Norse God become goofy. There’s a scene where he meets his dead mother and though that was slightly touching, it’s just a small moment to remember. While the rest like Antman receives nothing significant other than to advance the story. And would you imagine that Captain Marvel receives even less screentime than the Raccoon? Dayum, she is basically there just because she’s there.
Another character that has the biggest transformation but quite disappointingly is Hulk. Now, he is basically just Banner with a Hulk’s body. I know it’s meant to be comedic, but I miss the Hulk’s original attitudes and powerful aura. Ironically, we see this exact Hulk in one of the time loops. And Hulk never appears at all, which is pretty waste of potential.
As for Thanos, well, he is not as badass as in Infinity War. And now he becomes more cold-blooded after he knows the future. So it kinds of reduces him to a mindless killer level, yet another disappointment.
The soundtrack is done by the Master Alan Silvestri, who also composed for Infinity War. As expected, his soundtrack brings the whole film to a new level. With memorable and impactful soundtrack accompanying every crucial scenes and fights, Endgame has truly reached the level of filmmaking among the greats. I will just say you will not be disappointed with it.