It’s been a years since Thanos snapped. A year of tense anticipation and teasing by Marvel-Disney. Was it worth the wait?
Absolutely, 100% yes!
Endgame carries on this tradition in a way I didn’t think possible. It deals with themes of loss. With half the population of the Universe gone, the other half struggles to cope. Many find moving on impossible. Endgame shows the survivors coping in very different ways. There is no one solution, no one right answer.
Avengers: Endgame isn’t a superhero movie. It is an epic film. It is the culmination of of 22 films. All MCU movies have had humor and heart, always resining us that the characters are human (or reasonably close) with human flaws, mindful to never take themselves too seriously.
The heart, the love, the forgiveness in the face of unimaginable tragedy is genuine.
The Past Is Present
Without giving too much away, many of our gifted friends are forced to confront their past in the most literal and visceral ways possible. Sometimes it’s touching. Sometimes it’s ugly. It’s always compelling. The paths our survivors must travel to right the wrongs of the present means confronting the rights and wrongs of their pasts.
Pick up a couple extra napkins at the concession stand, you may need to dry your eyes a few times during this movie.
While it hasn’t been shown in any of the promotions, I don’t think I’m spoiling anything when I say there is going to be a mega battle for the future of, well, everything!
To call it an epic battle would be the understatement of the millennium. It’s an orgy of superheroes. Nearly every major and minor character of the MCU plays a part. But even in the middle of the action, there are human, heartfelt moments.
I really can’t go into detail without giving something away. Suffice to say it’s a feast for your eyes, heart, and adrenalin.
Avengers: Endgame is more than a satisfying conclusion to this era of the MCU. You will treasure this cinematic experience. A couple bits of advice: stop drinking fluids 2-3 hours before showtime, and go to the bathroom when the trailers start. This thing clocks in at three hours and you don’t want to miss a frame.
Also, there aren’t any post credit scenes like other MCU films, but stay until the end of the credit roll anyway. There is a faint, faint sound effect that will take on meaning once you have seen how the movie ends.
The Critic’s Cocktail Recommendation
The Infinity Cocktail. This whisky-based concoction will have you seeing six Infinity Stones even if only one is in front of you!