This movie review will contain no spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. It may however include spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.
The Avengers: Endgame hype was real. Everyone fought tooth and nail to get tickets to the opening night, resulting in the AMC app and website crashing and 2 to 3 hour queues on the Fandango website. 11 years of films all culminated up to this moment, and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. I watched this film twice in the opening weekend and have brought back a spoiler-free review for those of you who haven’t seen it yet.
Avengers: Endgame succeeded in giving the viewers and the characters the ending that they deserved. With a good balance of humour, drama, and action, almost every character had their moment to shine. The writers played to the actors’ strengths in developing the script. Though the start of the film was mildly slow moving, even in the quieter moments the pace never felt stagnant. These moments simply allowed the larger events more of an impact. The slow start can also be explained when taking into consideration that this movie is a continuation from Avengers: Infinity War. After the fast paced battle sequence and ending of the previous avengers movie, it only makes sense that Avengers: Endgame would start off with a slower moment in the aftermath of the previous movie’s events. (I am intentionally being vague so as to not spoil too much for those who have not seen Avengers: Infinity War.) While this prevents Endgame from standing entirely alone as a film, it does allow us as viewers to forgive the starting pace.
One thing that was thrilling about this film is the large number of truly surprising events. These days, it is hard to find movies that aren’t predictable. While every part of the film felt inevitable in hindsight, they never happened in the expected way. Heavy credit must go to the screenwriters for pulling together such a compelling and interesting story. Not once did I sense that this was a story that had already been told before, which is impressive given the vast multiverse already existing within the comics.
The film’s cinematography is also highly impressive. The video editing may have relied a lot on CGI, but that is expected when pulling together a film this grandiose in scale. Still, it didn’t seem heavy handed or unnecessary. The editing was smooth, and the cuts from one shot to the next never felt jarring. There was a wide variety in camera framing including a surprisingly large number of close up shots for a superhero action movie. Though long shots and cross-cutting are common in every Marvel movie, Endgame includes some of the most beautiful and moving uses of these out of all the films. These help add emotional impact to the climax of the film. These emotions are further reinforced by the score. The score of this film does a good job of guiding the emotion rather than overpowering the viewers with emotion. This is the mark of a great composer. Hats off to Alan Silvestri! (This is one soundtrack that I will definitely be buying. Any time I get ready to do something epic, I will play the music off my phone just to give my life a little more flare.)
There is really only one major negative worth mentioning in this film. While Marvel has had to explain science concepts before, this movie was largely dependent on a specific scientific concept (which will not be divulged to preserve the lack of spoilers) which viewers had to understand in order for the rest of the film to make sense. This wouldn’t be an issue except that they do not do a good job of explaining it. Many viewers who had a slight grasp on it, but not fully understanding, came out of the theater still confused about one part or another. If the film had just been given a little bit longer for explaining the science, people would have better understandings of the mechanics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the plot of Endgame. And chances are that if viewers were willing to sit through a three hour long film, they would have been willing to sit through a three hour and ten minute long film.
Even taking this one negative into consideration, Avengers: Endgame was wholly successful. The hard work of the actors, film crew, editors, and directors all resulted in this wonderful cinematic experience. I would highly recommend that everyone take the time to go see this film!