Ethan’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Part of the journey is the end.”
Avengers: Endgame is not a standalone film, it is not even the sequel to Infinity War, it is an event film and the gargantuan conclusion to the Infinity Saga consisting of 21 films. To craft a film of this scale, with the responsibilities it entails is truly a monumental feat of cinema. The Russo brothers have defied all expectation, choosing to conceal major plot points and sprawling action sequences from the marketing, building to an unparalleled cinema-going experience that many thought was no longer possible in the modern age. Go into the film knowing as little as you can, and the element of surprise and the thrill of discovery will immerse you in its surreal and delirious grandiosity.
The godly avengers feel the most human they ever have; they reek of a strained desperation following their colossal defeat against Thanos. Lesser directors would not perhaps possess the necessary restraint to withhold massive set-pieces and actually devote significant time to develop these beloved characters.
I usually avoid using superlatives in describing highly anticipated films, but in this case, I think it is warranted. Avengers: Endgame is an abundantly gratifying finale that rewards long-lasting loyalty to the serialized saga. It goes to places you don’t expect and gives proper goodbyes to characters whom have been with audiences for years. If you are a fan of this franchise in any capacity, Avengers: Endgame will undoubtedly put a smile on your face.