"Avengers: Endgame" Film Review
By: Nathaniel Simpson
After the shocking ending from "Avengers: Infinity War", fans had to wait exactly 364 days to get the conclusion that everyone has been waiting for: "Avengers: Endgame". This 3-hour epic provides everything a fan would want from this film, and is the perfect conclusion to the decade-long Infinity Saga.
The film opens up after Thanos (Josh Brolin) completes his mission to wipe out half of all living things. Now, not sure where to go next, the Avengers try to adjust to a new life without their friends and family, which leads to a five year time jump. However, when Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is able to escape the Quantum Realm (after the events of the end-credits scene from "Ant-Man and the Wasp), he proposes the idea of time travel through the quantum realm, allowing the Avengers to go back and retrieve all the Infinity Stones before Thanos is able to.
Now, with all of the original Avengers assembled again (and a few new members to the team), we watch as the superhero team now goes back to different major events in the MCU to retrieve these Infinity Stones to try and bring their family and friends back. However, when you mess with time travel, major repercussions could come back to bite them in the butt.
This movie has been set up for years now. Therefore, if it failed to live up to audience expectations, this could possibly ruin the Marvel Cinematic Universe for good. Thankfully, however, the Russo Brothers deliver possibly the best film in the entire MCU, and a fantastic conclusion to all of these characters that we know and love.
I would say the major focus for this film is to wrap up all of the storylines for the six major Avengers: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Even though most of these characters are returning for more films in this extensive franchise, I think the filmmakers did an excellent job wrapping up all these various storylines, and give a perfect pay-off for every single character in all of their own unique ways.
I really enjoyed the time traveling storyline, and I thought it was awesome to be able to go back to multiple famous scenes from the previous films. It is a joy to be able to reminisce on all these classic scenes, as well as seeing what happens when the camera cuts away in these past films. I also enjoyed the fact that Tony Stark was able to go back and see his father for one last time, and to clear the air between them. I just found this whole storyline and events very enjoyable, and each had a great payoff for longtime Marvel fans.
From there, the action sequences in this film are incredible. Without a doubt this movie has the best ending fight scene in any Marvel movie. This can be attributed to the entire movie being shot using digital IMAX cameras. It was amazing to watch everything the cameras were able to capture during this extensive fight scene between the Avengers and Thanos.
Due to the film being shot with IMAX cameras, the cinematography is absolutely breathtaking. Take for example the opening scenes where Tony and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are floating out into space. We get absolutely beautiful shots of the ship they are in, alongside the backdrop of deep space. It is absolutely incredible to watch, and you're left wondering how they were able to capture such an amazing shot.
Overall, this is without a doubt the perfect conclusion to the Infinity Saga in the MCU. We have watched multiple story lines and conflicts that have spanned over a decade, and it is amazing to watch the resolution in the end. I genuinely don't believe any Marvel film can ever top the last two Avengers films, but I'm excited to see what Marvel is able to come up with in the years to come.