April 26th, 2019 | Updated on February 19th, 2022
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios‘ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
Movie Reviews “Avengers: Endgame”
Movie Review: EMPIRE
Last year’s Avengers: Infinity War was as finely calibrated a piece of action cinema as you’re ever likely to see, with a vast host of characters taking their turn upon the stage. There, each one generally did something awesome during their moment in the spotlight and passed the metaphorical baton gracefully to the next comer. You might expect more of the same in the Endgame that now follows, but this time Joe and Anthony Russo have delivered a stranger, scrappier beast. This deals with the messy business of emotional fallout and character development. The trick is that it does so in a way that’s equally satisfying – and that the action, when it comes, is less precise but far more impactful.
Marvel fans won’t be surprised to learn that most of the clips you’ve glimpsed in the trailer come in the first 15 minutes of the movie and were given to you a little out of context. But virtually everything that you haven’t seen in that 15 minutes will surprise you, and that’s just the prelude. This entire first act is primarily about coping with grief and loss, and the many different forms that takes. All five stages of grief are here somewhere, though no-one has made it all the way through depression to complete acceptance. As Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) said even in the trailers, “Some people move on. But not us.”
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Movie Review: Variety
The culmination of 10 years and more than twice as many movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Avengers: Endgame” promises closure where its predecessor, “Avengers: Infinity War,” sowed chaos. That film — which revealed that the cookie-cutter uniformity of all those MCU movies had been part of an unprecedented master plan — infamously wrapped with a snap: a gesture that, when performed by a supervillain armed with the six Infinity Stones, was capable of wiping out half of all life in the universe.
Audiences have had a year to mourn the loss of Spider-Man, Star-Lord, and Black Panther (whom they’d only just met two months earlier), and to nurture theories as to where directing siblings Anthony and Joe Russo might steer things from here. Maybe all those characters weren’t really dead. Maybe the remaining Avengers just needed to travel inside the Soul Stone to get them back. Or maybe “Avengers: Endgame” would have to resort to that most desperate of narrative cheats — time travel — to undo the damage caused by Thanos.
Movie Review: REELVIEWS
Comparing the two latest Avengers movies, Infinity War has a stronger narrative and better overall impact. There’s nothing in Endgame that matches the shock to the system that occurs when Thanos snaps his fingers. Endgame does a good job melding dramatic elements with big, special effects-laden battle scenes (with a little humor thrown in for good measure – Hulk and Thor are the reliable go-to guys for this). There are several rousing, crowd-pleasing moments and the ending offers the right balance of closure and setup for the future.
Endgame has some pacing problems. After starting strongly, it falls into a lull (one that involves a three-pronged quest) before ramping up for the expected orgy of sound and fury that closes things out. At three hours in length, the movie is easily the longest entry into the MCU, and there are times when it feels like the editors should have been less indulgent.
The quiet, dramatic scenes aren’t Endgame’s problem – those are well-acted and often affecting. What makes the movie sometimes feel like it’s on a treadmill are the by-the-numbers middle sequences in which the Avengers break into smaller teams to go on what amounts to a treasure hunt. A lot of this material feels like padding.
Movie Review: RollingStone
Thanos demands my silence. So if you expect a lot of specific “who lives, who dies” spoilers in this review, snap out of it. However, it is fair to say that Avengers: Endgame, directed by the Russo brothers — Anthony and Joseph — with a fan’s reverence for all that came before, is truly epic and thunderously exciting. You probably won’t care that at three hours, it’s bloated, uneven and all over the place, flitting from character to character like a bird that doesn’t know where to land.
And yet the movie hits you like a shot in the heart, providing a satisfying closure even when its hard to believe that Marvel will ever really kill a franchise that’s amassed $19 billion at the global box office. Of the 22 films in the MCU that began in 2008 with Iron Man, Endgame is the most personal yet — an emotional wipeout that knows intimacy is its real superpower.
Movie Review: NDTV
If there’s a single phrase that sums up the guiding principle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the interdependent series of superhero movies that, with the arrival of this week’s Avengers: Endgame, now numbers 22 films – it’s this: Hold that thought. (Truth be told, with Endgame’s running time of three hours, “hold that bladder” would also apply.)
As the stories unfolded, beginning with Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr., in 2008, and introducing additional characters along the way – Thor, Black Widow, Black Panther and many others – it has become increasingly necessary not only to retain details of the labyrinthine plots but to keep a soft spot in your heart for the protagonists, from movie to movie. To be sure, as the MCU has evolved, growing into an epic that can be, at times, confusing, a through line has coalesced around a group of inanimate objects: six powerful Infinity Stones whose scattered locations have shifted from planet to planet and from person to person, like a cosmic shell game, as the movies came and went.
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Movie Review: hindustantimes
For films like Avengers: Endgame to succeed, piled as they are with unfathomably large expectations, a well-oiled system is required to be in place. There needs to be a discipline in the writing, a crispness to the editing, and a generosity in the performances. True ambition in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, more often than not, is born out of a strict adherence to rules. And there are perhaps no two filmmakers better at working within studio sandboxes than Anthony and Joe Russo – at least not on this unprecedented scale.
Avengers: Endgame is a terrific example of that epic intimacy that Marvel does so well – alternating between glorious action and subtle character moments. Watching it almost feels like taking a wistful walk down memory lane, flanked on either side by a Russo brother, our hands held firmly in theirs. It’s an odd feeling that I can’t quite describe; a mixture of déjà vu and nostalgia, of melancholy and euphoria.