Disclaimer: I did not write this review, but I am posting it on behalf of Renny Lall who is a huge Marvel fan! I saw the movie myself, but I think the review coming from his point of view is much better than anything I could’ve written. (I haven’t seen all of the marvel movies yet unlike him).
Disclaimer: This post has spoilers!
Marvel Studio’s Avengers: Endgame is a huge blockbuster that serves as the culminating cinematic experience of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers: Endgame was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. The Russo brothers have also directed Captain America: the Winter Solider, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War. The production company for all of these films is Marvel Studios. The studio itself created its own cinematic universe, which have been a major hit in the past eleven years. The studio has put out movies based on popular. Marvel comic book characters, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America to name a few. I attended an early screening of Avengers: Endgame on April 25th during the evening hours. Endgame picks up right after Avengers: Infinity War, and it tells the story of the remaining Avengers who had lost their battle with the villain Thanos in Infinity War. Avengers: Endgame is a movie for the fans and it was the perfect cinematic masterpiece to wrap up eleven years of Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In order to understand Avengers: Endgame, one must first see Avengers: Infinity War. In Infinity War, the big and bad villain Thanos is in pursuit of the six infinity stones. These stones individually have great powers, however once put together in a gauntlet and wielded, the user will have the power to destroy half of the universe. This is Thanos’ ultimate goal, as he fights the superheroes and give them all a beating they’ll never forget. By the end of Infinity War, despite their great efforts, the Avengers stand defeated by Thanos. Thanos wields the gauntlet powered by the infinity stones, and does in fact wipe out half of the universe.
Endgame picks up five years after Infinity War. It is revealed that the Avengers themselves have a hard time coping with all that they lost. However, Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr discovers a way to go back in time. With his new discovery, he reveals a plan to go back years into the past and collect the past infinity stones. Once collected, they will use the stones to bring back the half of the universe Thanos had killed. The Avengers then branch out and go back in time to collect the stones. They successfully do so, however they have to suffer consequences of losing an Avenger. Once they collected the stones, they gave the Hulk played by Mark Ruffalo to wield the gauntlet. Right after the Hulk does that, the Avengers then get hit by Thanos and his army from the past. They all fight to keep him away from the gauntlet. During the battle, the people who were previously destroyed by Thanos even came back to help fight. Ultimately, Thanos seemed like he won until Iron Man cleverly snatches the stones away from Thanos and uses them to destroy Thanos and his army. However, Iron Man dies in the process.
Endgame told the story it wanted to tell perfectly. With the lack of light used in the movie, it emphasizes the severity of the situation. The darkness allows the movie to encapsulate a somber mood. The death scenes for the two Avengers who died in the movie was also executed well. When Iron Man died, the entire theater was swept with emotions. The score of the movie is also another factor that made it so great. The score was composed by Alan Silvestri, who had also done some works for Marvel Studios in the past. The hyper and empowering score during the battle scenes gave me a rush, while the depressing, soft violins and piano resonated with me. Endgame also had a perfect cast. I believe the best actor there was Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man. It is like he was born to play the eccentric billionaire playboy who just happens to be a philanthropist and own a suit of armor. Downey’s performance is second to none as all of his scenes were perfect. From his one liners, to down to his sad death scene, he had outdone himself.
The Russo brothers directed this movie with the Marvel fans in mind. The entire movie felt like they recreated scenes from a comic book. As a fan who has been there from the beginning, I cheered, laughed, and cried during this movie. From the perfect casting, to the amazing score, Endgame is not just a movie, but it is an experience. The movie closes the chapter of the Avengers perfectly. I also love how the movie referenced past movies in the cinematic universe along the way. Avengers: Endgame was a high anticipated movie that many viewers from across the globe wanted to see. Avengers: Endgame has also surpassed Titanic on the highest grossing list, and it is even projected to beat Avatar and become the high grossing movie of all time. Avengers: Endgame is a movie that is eleven years in the making, however it was well worth the wait as it lived up to the massive hype it generated.