Corey Kitchen’s review published on Letterboxd:
This and The Deer Hunter will always break me emotionally.
Avengers Endgame, the epic conclusion to the story of the avengers in the MCU. After Thanos wins the Avengers that still remain are left broken with no hope, until a rat finds its way on to a truck... a time travelling truck.
The story is the perfect conclusion to everything that’s come before, as a film it’s got an easy to follow and well paced structure as well but to isolate this film and talk about wether it can stand alone is unfair. This isn’t a solo movie, it’s a series finale. As a climax to the whole story the MCU has told so far it’s a genuine masterpiece and continues the quality seen in Infinity War. The characters again are handled with such delicacy and I absolutely love the theme of grief in this film, the way every character is individually affected by the current state of the world and their role they played in the making of it is just incredible, it adds a level of emotional depth I never thought was possible from a superhero flick. The element of time travel is handled well and makes sense, time travel is often regarded as lazy story telling but here I think it’s done really well, especially with the way Thanos is intertwined in it. However I was hoping for something more unconventional from this, time travel has been done before and now endgame is just another one of those films, alternatively I would have like to have seen the soul stone be used with all of the dead souls existing within it like in the comics, but I’m not the writers here and nonetheless they perfectly executed the route they went with.
There isn’t much to say about this film other than its everything I’ve ever wanted from a Marvel movie, the MCU started when I was 6 years old back in 2008. I’ve grown with these films, they shaped my childhood, as I got older the films got more mature and interesting and now we are at the point where a Marvel film can still keep its audience from 13 years ago who are grown up while also bringing in new kids to enjoy the imaginative worlds. The MCU has peaked here, for me it’s the culmination of everything I loved growing up, it’s the musical crescendo of my childhood interests.
As of now (24/03/2021) only two films can make me cry for the rest of their third act, number one The Deer Hunter, number two this movie.