And there came a movie unlike any other when The Avengers came to big screen. Throughout the years Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have graced the silver screen with their various adventures and their massive team ups. However after 21 movies the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings the Infinity Saga to a close with Avengers: Endgame. Directed by the Russo brothers, Endgame continues the events of Infinity War with the Avengers heading into one final clash with Thanos (Josh Brolin) and the Infinity Stones. With a year of build up and culminating a decade of storytelling, the stakes for this finale were at all time high. So when dust settled on Avengers: Endgame I did not find myself in complete awe, but I was satisfied with this conclusion.
Endgame centers on the Avengers who have suffered a great loss at the hands of Thanos. However when Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) arrives from the Quantum Realm, Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) must bring the heroes together to find the Infinity Stones and stop the Mad Titan once and for all. The plot of Endgame is as much an epic adventure as it is a homage to its tenure. Yet this is not to say this superpowered story is perfect. While it had some captivating concepts the plot’s execution raised more questions than I would have liked. This was evident in story’s use of time travel. The idea was dynamic but it could be problematic as it relied too much on plot convinces Furthermore the plot’s structure was a but inconsistent. The pacing overall was good but there were times where plot was padded out to reach its 3 hour runtime. Yet despite its issues, the story’s merits truly shined through. As stated this story was an homage to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as its callbacks to past films allowed this plot to come full circle. Furthermore the plot was exciting from beginning to end as every moment had my full attention which culminated in a climax that excelled on all levels. Needless to say the plot to this finale was indeed fitting; not perfect but fitting.
Infinity War brought the MCU together in a massive ensemble and Endgame simply followed suit on this concept. The cast’s strongest attribute was the dynamic nature between the characters. Seeing Ant-Man interact with the likes of Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) was engaging as it created a captivating chemistry between hero. Along with the stellar principal cast was a surprising lineup of supporting characters. From Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) to Howard Stark (John Slattery) the supporting players truly encompassed the scale and the variety of the MCU. The only issue the cast endured was the inconsistency in character development. While the likes of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers were handled well other such as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) felt eccentric in their direction; though in Thor’s case his dilemma was understandable. This issue was also present in Thanos as his development had little to offer the film, but he did make up for it with his formidable presence and Brolin’s solid performance. While this issue could be taxing the cast of Endgame overcame it thanks to its captivating performances, surprising additions and good sense of character.
With a film such as this, one would expect Endgame to have a massive sense of spectacle and it certainly did. While it may not have broken new ground in filmmaking the film uses its techniques of its to the best of its abilities. When it came to action Endgame thrived by featuring sequences rich with imagination. Along with the stellar action was of course the movie’s sense of humor. The comedy could be excessive in its delivery, but I will not say that it was ineffective as I did chuckle at the film’s joke and it did not take away from its serious moments. Rounding things out was yet another resounding score from Alan Silvestri. Along with keeping true his original score, Silvestri’s work on Endgame was impressive so say least as it added to the compositions of Infinity War and aided in enhancing the grandeur of this finale.
Bringing a conclusion to the likes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is no easy thing, but Avengers: Endgame managed to pull it off. The film is not perfect as its issue in storytelling and character development did hold it back. However when it came to its presentation, this superhero movie exceeds as its sense of adventure, solid cast and fantastic spectacle made 10 years worth the wait. It may not have been the most glamorous of conclusions but Avengers: Endgame was still a satisfying experience and in its own way this superhero blockbuster turned out to be an ending, and a movie, unlike any other.
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