Kane Vallance’s review published on Letterboxd:
Now every time I rewatched this film before I’d like it a tiny bit less and I wasn’t sure why, it was just each time I enjoyed it less and found the pacing more tedious with each rewatch (I still rated it incredibly high but you know what I mean) but this time around I loved this film almost as much as I loved it opening night back in 2019.
I actually loved the pacing this time around, that slower first hour builds up the tension and, despite using a lot of humour, the dramatic nature of this film. Everything really does feel lost and it hurts to see all of our remaining heroes so depressed; and seeing the effect the events of Infinity War had on everyone, notably Hawkeye, who’s opening scene is one of my genuine favourites in the MCU with its setting of the tone for the film and the scene in Tokyo is dark and I love it so much.
Everything pays off here, and I mean everything. Naturally we get lots of fan service and call backs, especially with the whole time travel plot they went with, but I think it’s deserved and I love all of it. The third act alone pays off small details, like Cap calling Spider-Man “Queens” as a reference to Civil War and the look Ant-Man looking at Wasp when she calls him “Cap” as a callback to Ant-Man and the Wasp. Hell Spider-Man finally gets his hug from Tony.
All of the action is admittedly total CGI, but it’s impressive and exciting, and the final fight contains a few scenes that give me goosebumps every time. I genuinely love the cinematography and colour correction in this movie too, especially in the darker first act of the film.
The score is my literal favourite of all time, and the emotional beats land. Tony’s ending is the one and only time I’ve cried in a cinema; and Nat’s death is genuinely sad. My mum cried twice, the second time at Tony, which had her crying the most I’ve seen her cry at a film before. It really feels like an ending, and I love that Cap finally got the life he wanted.
I could go on for days but it’d be repetitive and go on way too long so I’ll restrain myself here, but I truly love this film. Time to fill in the gaps now from my awkward rewatch order.
Mum gave this a ten and said it’s tied with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for her favourite now!
Avengers: Endgame is an exciting and dramatic, yet still really-funny, time without feeling tonally inconsistent that perfectly closes out the MCU’s story so far in a fan service filled climax that satisfies most.
I am inevitable