Part of the Journey is the End - Avengers Endgame (REVIEW)
written by Anthony Vierra (@GFXSoulStudios)
No one would have thought that in 2008 with the release of Iron Man it would be the jumping off point of such an incredible journey. Changing cinema storytelling forever and creating a universe in its wake. 11 years and 22 movies later here we are, the culmination of it all, fittingly the endgame. While the MCU does not have a perfect track record with all its films, with films like Thor: The Dark World and Iron man 3 in my very humble opinion, what Marvel Studios has created is unlike anything in cinema history.
Avengers Endgame is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and is the holy grail of everything that the MCU has been working towards to this point. The Russo brothers are amazing at juggling the emotions and stories of many different characters. Following the events of Avengers Infinity War and what has been coined “the Decimation” our heroes are left trying to pick up the pieces in a world with an uncertain future. What happens next is pure spoiler territory, something that needs to be seen. Writing a review for this movie is one of that hardest things to do, because without seeing this titan of a film you will not understand what a triumph this movie is. Living in a time when comic book movies are a dime a dozen and always seeing your favorite hero come out on top, it’s easy to forget that sometimes it is not always a happy ending, or is it? That is for you to decide.
Endgame focuses on the aftermath of a world post “the snappening,” and allows you to feel the struggle and emotions that each of our remaining heroes is facing in their own way. Whether it is supporting others, trying to maintain order in the universe, finding vengeance or playing Fortnite and drinking beer (you’ll understand once you see the movie). The Russo brothers brought you in and allowed you to really take this journey of pain and hopelessness that our heroes feel. That is what’s special about this movie, it is not just about the badass fight scenes and the amazing special effects, which it has both. But rather it’s about the journey that each hero goes on to try and save all that was lost.
Watching Endgame is like reliving a tiny piece of the MCU’s history, paying tribute to what has brought us to this epic conclusion. With witty banter, thunderous action and just enough fan service that you leave with a new found respect for the movies that led us here. Of course we can not leave without talking about what was the late Stan Lee’s final cameo, such a fitting way to celebrate an amazing life and what a legacy to leave behind. The tribute to Stan is touching and emotional even if subtle.
Overall Endgame will make you laugh, make you cry, make you cheer, and leave you speechless. But most importantly it will make you feel like a kid again. This movie is everything you wanted in a finale with little to nitpick. As I did not agree with the direction some of the characters went. As well I feel like Infinity war did a better job keeping a more consistent tonal contrast in certain scenes. But overall Kevin Feige's Marvel under the leadership of should be proud of the universe they have made and I tip my hat to them and look forward to what’s coming next. Avengers Endgame is Epic.
jaw dropping comic book spectacle