Avengers 5/1

I went into “Avengers: Endgame” thinking it was going to be a decent movie, but worrying I wouldn’t really like how it finished off the original Avengers saga. I was so worried it would make the whole buildup feel pointless just to get to a movie that didn’t finish it off in a grand fashion.

However, after leaving the theater, I don’t think the saga could have ended in a better way. After 11 years of movies, “Avengers: Endgame” was the perfect end.

I also won’t be spoiling any of the movie, so that’s not something you need to worry about.

However, I will start off with a negative of the film. The tone of the film didn’t really work at some points.

The film takes place after “Infinity War,” and for those who have seen that film, you know why “Endgame” should present its characters with a grimmer tone. And at some points in the story, there were jokes where I don’t think it felt right for a character to make a joke.

This has worked for other Marvel movies because their tone has consistently been light-hearted fun, but “Endgame” doesn’t really fit that mold. Because of that, I was kind of thrown out of the moment a couple of times.

Characters and character development were kind of hit or miss too. Chris Evans, who plays Steve Rogers, and Robert Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark, were both amazing. They each had one of their best performances of their careers in Endgame. Chris Hemsworth, in the role of Thor, wasn’t bad, but it was what his character did in the movie that I didn’t like. I really wasn’t a fan of what they did to his character. I understand why they did it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. He didn’t feel like Thor in this movie to me, and he wasn’t what I wanted to see. The last of the main four Avengers is Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner and the Hulk. His performance was good, I guess. There wasn’t necessarily anything wrong with it; it was just weird. I won’t say why, but it was just different.

Other than the main four, some other standout performances were Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton and Karen Gillan as Nebula. They are two minor characters in the grand scheme of the performances, but I loved their roles in the movie.

Also, the pacing was kind of all over the place. The start of the movie begins somewhere intensity-wise that the movie doesn’t get back to for a while, and I didn’t really like that.

After these three points, it’s time to get to the positives. I loved everything else about the movie and the story most of all.

There are a couple of easy-to-spot plot holes, but overall, it’s spectacular. The first act of it is great. I loved the way it started, and I didn’t expect any of it. Obviously, the first act is supposed to set up all of the characters and how they will be together in the movie, and “Endgame” does a great job of that.

It also does an amazing job building the world. After “Infinity War,” a lot happened in the world of the Avengers, and “Endgame” makes that world feel different. It feels like the world has been affected by the events of the previous movie, and that was cool.

The second act of the movie isn’t as action-packed, but it does have plenty of memorable moments. Even mentioning anything from this act gives away the whole crux of the movie, so I will just say that I loved everything the Russo brothers did with the second act. This was one of the most difficult parts of the movie to get right, not only in terms of pacing but also having it make sense for the viewers. For those who have seen the movie, you know what I mean. This act is also where a couple plot holes come into play, but it’s nothing too bad to knock the film a lot.

Lastly, and most importantly, the end of the film is, bar none, the best part in any of the Marvel films. It feels like the perfect culmination of everything that has happened since the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of “Iron Man” in 2008.

There were a few scenes in the last act where I could say they were the best scenes in any superhero movie. I will remember the last act of “Endgame” for as long as I live.

I will always argue for the merits of the Battle of Helm’s Deep and the Battle of Minas Tirith from “The Lord of the Rings,” but the final battle in “Avengers: Endgame” is legitimately up there for me. I don’t know if it will be remembered for as long as those two battles are, but I think it should be.

Overall, this movie was not only everything I was hoping it would be, but much more. I have been watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies for half of my life, and the way this movie ends those 11 years could not have been better.

Yes, I know, the movies are not over. There are still more movies coming out. But this is different, and it felt different when I left the theater after the movie.

I didn’t just finish watching a movie; I finished watching an era. Nothing will ever be like what the last 11 years were like, and I don’t think the amount of patience and buildup to this conclusion will ever be topped.

The movies will continue, and new sagas will be built on this one, but I don’t think anything will ever beat the first.

 

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