Avengers: Endgame is the greatest cinematic achievement of our lifetime. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo manage to stick a landing that's taken over ten years and 22 movies to make, providing a thrilling conclusion to the Infinity Saga that's full of surprises and all ranges of emotion. This is an instant all-timer.
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo follow last year’s epic Avengers: Infinity War with Marvel’s largest and most conclusive film yet, Avengers: Endgame. Endgame is a three-hour blockbuster that raises the stakes to the absolute highest point, closing one of the most monumental chapters in filmmaking history in almost perfect fashion, thanks to the directors, their writing team and the epic ensemble of the greatest actors and actresses in the business.
Avengers: Endgame is the reason why we go to the movies. It connects us with every single character and story arc on an emotional level, where we feel invested and truly apart of something larger than ourselves.
Infinity War was previously Marvel’s biggest (and best) film to date, leaving us as a collective audience in shock as we witnessed the final moments. For those of you that haven’t seen it, I urge you to watch the film, as my review here will contain slight Infinity War spoilers, but no Endgame spoilers.
Endgame follows the immediate aftermath of Infinity War. Thanos (Josh Brolin) is still the baddest man in the entire universe, while Earth’s mightiest heroes are left broken and defeated, but eager to avenge.
Within ten minutes, Endgame hits the ground running and never lets up. I praised Infinity War for its near-perfect pacing — a nearly three-hour movie that feels brisk, moves fast and covers a lot of ground. Endgame dashes out of the gate with some heavy content, only to retreat for a while to develop some of the thicker plot points. I feel that a repeat viewing or two will help me judge just how efficient its pacing is when compared to Infinity War, but I can tell you that my initial viewing left me looking at my watch, hoping that it would never end.
Endgame isn’t a perfect film, but writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely do a damn fine job piecing everything together, creating one of the most ambitious storylines in movie-watching history. Yes, there are a handful of moments that get glossed over or ask you as an audience to not get too scientific with the material, but these are merely seatbelts to brace you down for the rest of the ride.
Some complain that the Avengers films struggle with capturing the essence of every character. Endgame focuses more on the “core” Avengers, but it does it in a way that makes perfect sense. Some characters do get the shaft, but the set-up and payoff is orchestrated in a way that makes the most thematic sense.
Infinity War was the highpoint for these characters, while Endgame strips them back and has them rebuild. Rebuild as a team.
I’m not even going to cover the cast, because it’s larger than I care to count or comment on. Every single player in this film delivers a reliable and invested performance that ranges from jaw-dropping to gut-busting.
Avengers: Endgame made me audibly laugh at times, only to be followed with uncontrollable sobbing or watery eyes — it captures all of the emotions and on a scale that feels unmatched. Every single moment of this film is earned through the long-form storytelling of the MCU.
If you thought that Infinity War was top-shelf Marvel, then get ready to have your fake Thor wig blown back, because Endgame cranks up the volume to twenty. It blows the roof off of what can be expected for such a large film. You can clearly tell that there was so much blood, sweat, tears and heart poured into this film and the ones leading up to it.
People worry about Disney’s ever-growing presence in the world of entertainment and while I agree that it’s no fun without competition, I must applaud their Marvel division for always staying true to their stories and their characters. Endgame does not feel like a lazy excuse to print money.
It feels like a collective movement on celluloid (ok — digital), presenting you the very best from such a wide variety of artists. This is what happens when you gather the very best filmmakers, actors, actresses, set designers, special effects teams, etc.
I have no idea what is in store for the future of the MCU, but I can firmly say that the Infinity Saga has been one of the greatest experiences to be a part of and Avengers: Endgame is the most fitting conclusion to everything before it. No ball has been dropped — this is the ride of a lifetime.