Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Quote from Avengers: Endgame by Doctor Strange: “If I tell you what happens, it won’t happen.”

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Avengers, Avengers, and More Avengers

When The Avengers came to the theaters in 2012, it was the highest grossing film that year with 1.5 billion worldwide gross.  The second movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, earned 1.4 billion for Disney in 2015 and was the fourth highest grossing movie.   The third in the series, Avengers: Infinity War, was the highest grossing film with 2 billion in 2018.  This leads to the last movie, Avengers: Endgame, with a worldwide gross of 2.18 billion (as of today).  It has put the movie as the second highest grossing film, behind Avatar from 2009.  Who knows where it will end up.

Those Behind Avengers

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Avengers: Endgame is a Marvel Studios production with the executive directors of Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito, Jon Favreau, James Gunn, Stan Lee, and Trinh Tran.  It was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and based from the Marvel comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and comic book by Jim Starlin.  It was directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. The major cast with two names include Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War  Machine, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord.  The major cast with one name include Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Rene Russo as Frigga, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Benedict Wong as Wong, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Baustista as Drax, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, and Josh Brolin as Thanos.  It has a MPAA rating of PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, and action, and some language.  It is 3 hours and 1 minute long.

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There will not be any major spoilers unless you have never seen any Marvel movies and in particular Avengers movies.  Avengers: Endgame begins where Avengers: Infinity War ended.  Thanos, the antagonist to the Avengers and everyone else in his path, still possesses the six Infinity Stones.  If you want to learn more about these stones, click the picture of the stones above.  I warn you there are spoilers to other Marvel movies in the descriptions and information of each one by Lindsay MacDonald.  Avengers: Endgame is a movie about how to right the wrong even if it means the outcome could be worse than the one already experienced.  The success of the remaining Avengers hinges on whether they can put their emotions aside and work together.  It is clear enough time has passed for the Avengers to admit defeat and deal with their new life unless you’re name is Black Widow.  She works to persuade others to join her cause in finding Thanos and the Infinity Stones.  Thanos might have wiped out much of the universe, but things have been set in motion.  This movie is about also about forgiveness and sacrifice.

Characters and Plot Summary

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Here we go and again, there will not be any major spoilers.  The remaining Avengers decide to find Thanos and the stones.  It becomes apparent when they meet with him, it poses another problem.  There won’t be any chance of reversing the Avengers lost during Thano’s destruction… for now.  Life continues and five years later, Ant-Man appears to find too many garbage bags in the streets and vacant homes.  He tells the Avengers of time travel and how it might be their ticket to bring back their loved ones.  After deciding who will be the guinea pig and after some success, the plan is as good as it’s going to be.  The Avengers split the locations and years, in order to find the stones, and they all have one shot.  There can be no mistakes.  When they return to present time, their enemies some how find a way to thwart their mission.  It becomes another battle between Thanos and the Avengers, but this time there is a certain end for some and rebirth for others.

Who’s on First, Second, Third, and Other Bases You Can’t See?

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It’s funny I’m using a baseball reference because I find the game rather boring (sorry baseball fans), but if this movie was one, it would have gone into overtime for the fact it’s basically three hours long.  There’s a lot of characters and prior stories in this movie that play out around the middle.  It’s basically when they start going back in time.  While I made it clear in a past blog, I haven’t seen every Marvel movie, but even so it was okay (for the most part).  I got the gist of Captain America during the 1970s and Captain Marvel’s powers of today.  The transition to the past was the favorite part of the movie for me.  I wasn’t sure if anyone would die and how they actually die, but I thought the chances were half and half.  I had to wait and see.  The promise of this movie was the variety of characters and how they served a common purpose.  This is where hardcore Marvel might not like me, but I wasn’t crying at the end nor was I clapping my hands.  I wasn’t covering my mouth either like the person sitting next to me during the fighting and intense scenes.  While I thought Avengers: Endgame was an entertaining movie, I regarded it as mostly that although there were a few deeper emotional moments I couldn’t deny.  Yet, a pretty spectacular feat for the modern times.

Final Evaluation of Avengers: Endgame

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I recommend Avengers: Endgame for its entertainment value and the fact it is the culmination of all the previous movies coming to a glorious end.  It’s suitable for children, teenagers, and adults based on today’s standards in terms of content.  The one major drawback is the length.  I admit I looked at my watch, but not because I was bored.  There’s a lot of ground to cover with this type of movie. While it did drag a little bit in a few scenes, it wasn’t long before I became fully invested again.  The second drawback I found was the voice over at the end.  Sometimes silence is better and personally would have been just as effective.  It’s clear from the beginning that nothing else matters when there’s no universal order.   I read some viewers didn’t like how what happened to Captain America, but I’ve only seen one of his movies.  It’s made me want to start from the beginning to fill in the “missing” pieces.

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I rate Avengers: Endgame NEAR PERFECT at 96%.

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