Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame

Works utterly in spite of itself. Only the first of the movie’s three hours is conventionally good. The time heist stuff is dopey, but fun, and the big third act climax is an absolute mess. The big moments are cheap and unearned, and the direction is uninspired.

And yet

Everyone in this is giving it 110%. I don’t know that any of the major players have done better work thank they do here. The stuff in this that shouldn’t work works solely on the merits of this cast. The story of this thing is wet tissue paper, it falls apart under the slightest pressure, and yet it’s easy to get swept up because the cast is bought all in on it. I wish more interesting filmmakers than the Russos had gotten the job, but this is absolutely a case where the old adage of a director’s job being made easy by a good cast applies.

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