Rating – ★★★★
Although personally not my favourite from the MCU, Avengers: Infinity War was, up until this point, the biggest thing Marvel Studio’s has ever brought to the big screen, certainly in terms of its grand scale. It felt like more than just another comic book film, it was a spectacle. Ten years of rich, intertwined storytelling, with some of the greatest character building for any franchise, leading to one giant blockbuster. A film that gave its audience what they deserved. Offering plenty of thrills, laughs and surprises on a level that was unseen even when being that far into the franchise. But then we got Endgame…
Even with projects constantly in the works for the MCU and the future looking as bright as ever for the company, Endgame is a farewell to everything we’ve seen so far. On paper, this is just the end of Marvel’s third phase, but in practice, it’s the end of an era. With the stakes being higher than ever before, Endgame constantly likes to keep its audiences on edge. Shocks and surprises come aplenty throughout its runtime and the Russo’s are gunning for every emotion. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll most likely leave the cinema with a sense of extreme satisfaction.
It’s hard to dive into the nitty gritty without giving too much of the movie away. There’s so much going on and the story is far more complex than what we’ve seen so far within the franchise. So much so that at times, it’s easy to get lost within its multi-layered plot. On top of this, it is a tonally confusing movie. It tries to blend hilarity with gut-wrenching drama, which for the most part works well, but occasionally comes through as feeling forced, on the purpose that it delivers the same formula, instead of leaning one way or the other.
The movie makes a few questionable decisions that could divide viewers opinions. From some of its bizarre characterisations, one of which being given a complete transformation that is humorous at first, but during the movies peak, feels completely out of place. There are also some key players that feel unutilised, built up for this final throw down of such, but feel subsequently disappointing due to their absence.
Despite its sombre opening, the first act relies heavily on the comedy aspect. Moving at a comfortable pace, allowing us to enjoy watching these characters do what they do best, reminding us of why we keep pulling for them. Especially after Infinity War’s devastating finale, there’s always a sense that some of these characters may not make it to the end credits, so these interactions feel as important and heart felt as ever before. A little slow at times, but it feels of value to drive the story forward. The middle act is where things start to get a little complicated, but this is where we get to see the overall plot start coming together. The pacing can be a little problematic and has to shift between different characters often, but it’s this segment that offers most of the highlights from the movie. Opting for a more fun romp, with plenty of throwbacks for the fans that have followed the saga since the beginning. This is when the stakes are heightened and our heroes have their time to shine. All of this leads to what has to be one of the most epic final thirds I’ve ever had the joy of watching. A real ‘this is it’ moment, that I’ve never felt before. Offering delicious cinematography to the total destruction and devastation going off on screen, all to an Alan Silvestri score that is simply spellbinding.
All in all, Infinity War for me felt like the more complete movie, as it didn’t have to try and juggle as much as Endgame had to. But that final act, makes Endgame’s small indiscretions (which they are), seem even smaller. Endgame is the most emotionally driven movie in the MCU canon and you may think you’re ready for it, but chances are you’re not. The Russo’s yet again deliver great fan service, providing plenty of nods, references and eye-watering set pieces that would give those die hard comic book fans, the upmost satisfaction. A cinematic achievement that has already become more than just a movie, it’s an event.
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