Now Showing: Avengers: Endgame

by David Gifford

 

It’s finally time.

It has been more than 10 years in the making, and this marks the 22nd film in the Marvel Comic Universe (MCU). If you have been reading my reviews for some time, you will know that Doctor Strange was my first review with the The Mountain Echo as well.

Avengers: Endgame is bringing everything full circle. The Russo brothers are back again to direct this one, and I honestly don’t feel it necessary to even bring up the film’s massive cast. If you don’t know the characters by now, you aren’t going to see this movie. That would be saying something though, as the movie has already broken multiple ticket sales records and is likely to be the biggest grossing film ever made.

It is the culmination of a full decade of work, and the story to build up to this moment. It is a lot of pressure for anyone. In fact, most people would easily buckle under the pressure weighing on this film. Does Avengers: Endgame hold up to the rest of the series?

To keep this review spoiler free, I will have to instead have spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, so if for whatever reason you haven’t seen that film (you need to) then you might want to skip ahead to the next paragraph of the review.

After half of the characters in the series have been wiped out of existence because of Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet, The Avengers must figure out a way to bring everyone back and make things right in the world.

Infinity War was an incredible film, one that took many people by surprise. They killed almost all of the new characters that people have grown to love, and many of them in incredibly sad ways. I won’t spoil what happens in this film, but this does continue the story of Infinity War. If you think I am being vague movie, it certainly is purposeful. It is best not to know anything and go into the movie without knowing any of the story, like I did.

Let’s get the negatives out of the way. There really aren’t any, but for some I could see a few things that they should know. The movie is very drama heavy in the first half. It works perfectly for the movie, because of the movie’s themes of loss and moving on, but to some I can see it feeling a bit slow. That also leads into the other thing that you need to be aware of. The movie is three hours long, although it doesn’t really feel like it. For people that have problems sitting around for three hours just be prepared for that.

During our screening I did get pretty tired of seeing the same people get up like six times during the movie, because they were shocked that drinking an entire large soda during the presentation will cause them to need to use the bathroom.

Everything else about the movie is incredible. Almost any franchise would fall with this much weight going into a sequel. It would be incredibly difficult to write an ending that will satisfy everyone after 21 films. Avengers: Endgame seemed to please everyone, as there wasn’t an unhappy customer in the theater when those credits started rolling. The storylines tie together well, and if you are someone who has seen all of the movies and invested a lot of time into these characters, all of their character arcs are incredibly satisfying. Every movie seems to matter in this series, as they are all directly or indirectly mentioned in Endgame. It’s not just a film, it’s a celebration of the most successful film franchise of all time.

Overall, Avengers: Endgame is likely everything you had hoped it to be. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions. I cried, I laughed, I even cheered. The movie somehow created a finale that wasn’t just a good ending, but one of the best movies in the entire series.

Its honestly hard to call this a movie though. I will be a little dramatic, and just call this an experience. I cannot see any movie this big coming out in some time, and this feels like more than just another film. It takes the things people love about the series, uses them and also throws them on their head for some excellent surprises.

Avengers: Endgame gets a 10/10, and is one of the greatest superhero movies of all time.

David Gifford is a sales representative with The Mountain Echo and a gaming and movie enthusiast.