Tay’s review published on Letterboxd:
for me, Endgame surpasses so many of its predecessors because it just lets characters be characters—as spectacular as the final battle is, the smaller moments leading up to it are like precious pockets of fresh air. when the characters talk about their feelings, you are given a moment to breathe, but also process and laugh and grieve with them. the losses of this film are poignant because they’re emotional registers are earned. we aren’t just mourning the superhero fallen, but the person who has triumphed again and again, who has grown, who has learned, who has come to a moment of selfless sacrifice for the abstract greater good finally concretized and realized. we are mourning lives spread across a decade-long saga, which has stumbled often, but this film hits the ground running and doesn’t feel clumsy once.
well, almost—i’m not huge on Thor’s narrative, which feels like a bad joke that goes on for way too long, and his emotional arc feels stunted at best. otherwise Ant Man is incredible, and Paul Rudd’s timing is impeccable, down to the smallest facial expressions. Natasha and Clint are rightfully reunited, because their chemistry has always been best together, but something will always be dimmed between them about that mess of a relationship attempted in AoU between Natasha and Bruce............ but nonetheless, it’s great to see them back together again. Tony and Steve are surely the most incredible characters—this really is their long goodbye, their victory lap. their chemistry is complicated, as it should be for friends with such tension: their anger, their frustration, their guilt plays out and across the screen with a deep honesty that again is greater than anything superhero—it’s a very human feeling, to love someone and hate someone and want better from someone and need someone and forgive someone, because of course you love them.
the soundtrack is also Spicy if not a bit informative... but it made me cry so i’ll take it. i’ll also take salt n pepper Hulk anyday. this is tender and bombastic and what a journey it’s been