Avengers: Endgame, 2019
Signed up the 29/03/2017
Avengers: Endgame is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin.
The film is the “epic” conclusion to the epic Infinity War that was released last year. In Avengers: Endgame the survivors of Infinity War try to undo all the chaos caused by Thanos.
This movie is not the spectacular conclusion I was expecting, in fact the film is grossly oversold and what we end up getting is a film that is unnecessarily long, with a story that is nonsensical and confusing and dare I say features lazy writing with horrible pacing that makes it feel disjointed but is salvaged by a final battle that reeks of Zack Snyder & Dawn of Justice influence (Yup I said it).
The film doesn’t deserve its runtime because it really lacks the range to hold our attention, especially with the first two hours. The film would have benefited from stronger and tighter writing that didn’t try to do fan service but rather try to actually understand and show us actual human emotion in the MCU and not emotions followed by one liners that are out of place in the moment.
The first hour for me fails to explore the complexities of failure due to the epic snap from Infinity War, the film doesn’t capitalize on the opportunity given to them to show us that the characters understand true failure and rather it just has us jump to them in their new daily routines which show nothing emotionally and they scenes are badly lit and horribly paced and overall flat.
It almost feels like the filmmakers don’t know how to explore basic human emotion and what it’s really like to lose someone, the emotions are just too thin.
We’ve invested a lot of time in these movies and we’ve come to accept certain things from them but they always try to have their characters move forward or even remain stagnant but in Avengers: Endgame I expected the characters to have huge leaps of growth or at least something because of the time jump (lazy writing!), so what they did with Thor’s character is extremely disappointing considering the large amounts of growth the character has been through in his last two outings. To see him being turned into a character that’s basically there for their writers to let out their jokes that target Thor’s new physique (fatphobic much?) and Thor as a character for me has actually taken a billion steps back in terms of growth. A character arc that’s meant to be heartbreaking is rather treated as a comedic goldmine and that’s just sad. Avengers: Endgame can’t differentiate between growth and jokes, it seems to think that a character dropping one liners about the situation equates growth.
The second act tries to recover from the mess of act one but all it does is add some confusing plot points and drains all the emotion and that’s where they lost me. The final act is epic and with tons of action with some good CGI and an iconic yet expected death however the final battle needed better grading, tries to use spiritual imagery (which is misplaced IMO) and lacks the personality that the final battle in Infinity War had.
The film essentially is a fan service film but it doesn’t work because if you remove the unnecessary fan service does the film hold up? NO! Because it milks the fan service so much that it forgets to build an actual movie that’s worthy to stand alongside Infinity War. Relying too much on the nostalgia of the past 21 (okay films) Avengers: Endgame fails to deliver a special moment for me but rather it recycles jokes and emotions and to me that’s just lazy. Given that the actors actually delivered in their performances with standout performances from Paul Rudd, Karen Gillan and Scarlett Johansson and Brie Larson’s robotic portrayal of Captain Mehvel is just--- thank god that they underutilize her. Overall the film is super average with a couple of YASSSSS moments but is still flat and plays it safe and lazy (especially with the writing) and lacks range or the personality which Marvel’s The Avengers, Age of Ultron and Infinity War had.
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