Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame ★★★★

Avengers: Endgame is about a superhero team of the world's finest heroes, consisting of Freakazoid, Deadpool, The Tick, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Squirrel Girl and Wildcat. They're on a mission to fight M.O.D.O.K., Steppenwolf, Megatron, Skeletor and a Naked Zombie Sean Connery, who are all hell-bent on gaining the powers of Genie, played by Will Smith, in order to fulfill their wish of becoming joint leaders of the universe. While all of this happens, Mr. Spock is trying to forge an alliance with Luke Skywalker's force ghost to ensure that Captain Kirk can win the ultimate battle against an overpowered version of Khan, who has gone to Mars to duel in a wrestling match against a cyborg Abraham Lincoln. Yeah, no, I'm not going to spoil the Endgame film for you.

22 films and 11 years after the first entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we now stand at the end of an era. An end which has everything a fan like me could've asked for. We get a film in which, without saying too much, none of the heroes come out as "the one", but instead are working together as a team and everyone gets their moment to shine. Another thing Endgame has to its advantage for me is that, in contrast to most MCU films, I could actually feel the stakes at hand for every single hero here. In that regard, the writing has taken a great step forward. Alan Silvestri's score remains as bombastic as ever, and it is a definite highlight for me personally. The performances are solid all around, and without explaining too much, Paul Rudd, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin and Robert Downey Jr. were those who excelled among this massive cast.

Regarding flaws, while I'm personally not too bothered by these (as evident by my rating), I have to point them out. For one, if you're not a fan, you have to stay away from this film. It pays tribute to almost to every single hero's past stories in a rather intricate plot, that can come off as contrived, if you're out of the loop. This is definitely a film targeted for the long-serving fans, and if you can't find heads or tails on this massive franchise, you will easily get lost. In that sense, this film might not be as great an experience as a standalone film, but I did not expect it to be so. Even though every character gets a moment to shine, I do feel one certain character got the short end of the stick in terms of character development. Without spilling the beans, Thor's arc here is kind of lame, which is sad, as I did like Thor: Ragnarok a lot. With that in mind, I do also feel that the humor could be extremely distracting in the light of the massive stakes at hand. I can at least imagine a lot of people being pissed about this exact thing about the film.

In conclusion, Avengers: Endgame is not a perfect film, but I had a great time with this large book-end to this era of MCU films. They might not be fine art, but films do not necessarily have to be so in order to have some kind of emotional resonance with me.

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