The following is a spoiler-free review of Avengers: Endgame. It’s based in part on my previous post of predictions made before I got a chance to watch it.
So without further ado, here’s my takeaway.
1. I was entertained.
I already knew I’d probably enjoy it, but I’m also happy to report that I was surprised more than once. There is one BIG surprise in particular that I rather enjoyed.
For starters, almost everything you see in the trailers takes place in the first fifteen minutes of thr film. There are a few notable exceptions. And almost nothing takes place in the order I thought it would.
2. It was an emotionally satisfying thrill ride.
“I laughed. I cried. It moved me, Bob.”
In all seriousness, the people who went to that very first early showing wanted to be there badly. I haven’t experienced that much spontaneous fan interaction since my dad and uncle took me to see Return of the Jedi back in 1983. We laughed, cheered, applauded. It was awesome in all the right places, referring back through the catalogue of 21 movies that preceded in clever, winking ways.
3. It involved time travel and the Infinity Stones.
That’s all I’m really going to say about this except that the rules of time travel are slightly different from what other movies have taught us. Endgame does a good job of sticking to its rules, except in one specific case.
And you will have to wait for the spoilery review to find out what that was.
4. Somebody died.
In fact, nearly two people die each second. Statistically speaking. In the real world.
I’m not going to tell you if anyone dies in this movie.
5. There was a big fight with Thanos.
There might’ve even been more than one. Whatever it takes, y’all!
6. Everybody came back from the Snap…
…to watch this movie. By everybody, I mean every fan, of course. The Snap was hardest on us. Yet we put the disquiet of Infinity War behind us and returned to the theaters with hope.
Whether our Marvel heroes returned from the Snap is another issue entirely.
7. I did not even think about the restroom during the entire 3 hours of Endgame.
Then again, I sat through the entirety of LOTR: Return of the King with no problems – and it was more than 20 minutes longer than Endgame!
The bottom line is that this movie is emotional and rewarding without resorting to fanservice or shock value. There are enough surprises, thrills and laughs to keep your interest the whole ride. Not only do I not have superhero fatigue after this film, I’m actually looking forward to Spider-Man: Far from Home.
I’ve been told that these 22 movies will be labeled The Infinity Saga. This film was the most fitting conclusion to this saga. I strongly recommend that you see it in the theater to get the full effect and that you do so before the trolls spoil the surprises.j