‘Avengers: Endgame’ Review: This Is A Cinematic Experience That Happens Once In A Generation
With 11 years of hard work being put into a movie which is three hours long, Marvel Studios have pulled off a spectacular feat in ‘Avengers: Endgame’. Russo Brothers had the impossible job of taking the plot further after the events of Infinity Wars, but they’ve somehow managed to deliver a cohesive movie.
Disclaimer: This is a spoiler-free review. No plot-point was given away in this article.
When Kevin Feige had announced that Russo Brothers will be taking charge of the last two Avengers movies in the Infinity Saga, fans were sceptical if their favourite superheroes would get enough screen-time. With Avengers: Infinity Wars, the directors found a great solution for this problem by focusing the movie on Thanos.
As I walked into the theatre for a completely packed show of ‘Avengers: Endgame’, I was scared to get my hopes up because, in my opinion, there was no way Marvel Studios could top the previous ‘coming together’ of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
From the first scene to the end-credits, the three-hour-long movie felt like an event. Fans and families now form the chunk of the audience. This is one of the reasons why it’ll be unfair for us to judge a movie as a piece of art.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) makes this movie blur the boundaries between cinema and pop-culture entities. At first viewing, the Marvel fan in me was so enamoured by the events of the movie that I couldn’t find my objectivity. It was only after my second viewing, when I could figure out the problem sequences in the film. If the first time was only for shock and awe, the second viewing helped me judge this film as a piece of work.
Nick Fury talks about the Avengers Initiative for the first time in Iron Man’s (2008) post-credit sequence. With Fury turning into dust after ‘the decimation’, our favourite superheroes find themselves in a tight spot. Half living organisms were wiped out after the Thanos snap.
We see Iron Man, Captain America and other superheroes travel through time and doing much more to avenge the decimation. The plot moves on a relatively surprising path during the opening few minutes of the movie but there are entire subplots that focus on a few unlikeable characters.
When it comes to performances, we see the actors seem comfortable with playing the characters they’re already played as for the last 10 years. Robert Downey Jr. delivers his strongest performance as Tony Stark while the team-chemistry cleverly masks any deficiencies in this department.
You don’t hear the Avengers theme song till the final battle of the movie. I have never heard a louder cheer in the theatre.
‘Avengers: Endgame’ is a testament to what a company can achieve if they decide to pursue a larger franchise persistently. The directors have managed to tell a passionate story with larger-than-life characters. Editors could have chopped out 10-15 minutes of content to make the runtime tighter, and the pacing feels a little off in the second act.
To be honest, you must have already made up your mind about getting a ticket for the movie. This review will have no impact on your decision. If you’re on the fence about superhero movies, I’d suggest you to go watch this in a theatre near you to become a part of history. The film is a cultural phenomenon.
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