It is finally that time.
“Avengers: Endgame” was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and stars a whole lot of people, but I will go with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Brie Larson and Josh Brolin. The film is about the remaining Avengers who survived the snap from “Infinity War,” and their efforts to take down Thanos and get back the ones who were lost.
So my goal is to talk about just how spectacular, fantastic and brilliant this movie is without really saying anything as far as specifics in the plot. I will do a more in-depth spoiler review at another time, but this one will be safe to all.
Let’s start with the directing, because man the Russo brothers could have easily bit off more than they could chew with this one. But that was also true with “Civil War,” and it was true again with “Infinity War,” and yet these guys have continued to deliver.
Mark this as true once again in the Russo brothers’ darkest, most ambitious MCU film to date, because “Endgame” is handled to perfection. There is so much that has to be done in this film, and even more that has to be crafted with the characters, and this movie manages to pull it all off, and all while rarely feeling like it’s overly long.
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were in charge of the script, an almost equally daunting task, and they step up to the plate just as much, if not more, than the Russo brothers. This is one of the tightest, most well-developed scripts you will see in any movie this year, and is up there with the best the superhero genre has ever had to offer.
The blend of comedy with dark themes has always been a MCU staple, but Markus and McFeely have to bring a whole lot more dread and despair than any film in the franchise before it, so the fact that they still made reasonable places for fantastic bits of comedy is simple exceptional.
On the other hand, the pair are also the reason that this is easily the most emotionally impactful superhero film I have possibly ever seen. Some of that emotion is from pure joy and excitement, but much of it is from themes of loss and tragedy, and still it is done with an elegant touch that fits the film without issue.
Sure, let’s talk about some performances. To start, it is two of the MCU’s first that really stand out amongst the rest. Downey Jr.’s turn as Tony Stark is his best work in the character he has ever done, and the same can be said with Evans as Steve Rodgers. This iconic pair brings more heart and soul into this role than any before it, and it makes for some of the duo’s best moments yet.
There were also plenty of “side” characters that found ways to standout. I thought Johansson and Renner each brought a whole new level to their characters in this movie that hadn’t been breached before even after seven-plus years in the franchise. The same can be said for Gwyneth Paltrow, who, for the first time yet, has made Pepper Potts a likable, relatable character that I can root for.
Brolin is once again terrific as Thanos, and so was Ruffalo. And Larson. And Cheadle. And Hemsworth. And Cooper. And everyone I haven’t named in the movie. But, if I were to pick one, it was Karen Gillan’s performance as Nebula that surprised me the most. Gillan has always been fine in the role, but Nebula really transformed in “Endgame” to someone with even more layers and charm than ever before.
I probably don’t have to even mention the visual effects at this point, but they are still as amazing as before. The fight sequences up the ante even further here, and still the CGI looks completely spotless. There aren’t quite as much colors to add visually, but this is also a much darker movie, with the visuals matching the tone well.
“Endgame” had to do a whole lot of service to fans, and the way the Russo brothers went about doing that was simply brilliant. I will not say how they do it, but just know, it is unexpected, and it is amazing.
Its 181 minutes. I guess there’s a few times where it is a little slow, and therefore feels a little long. But I mean come on, this thing is 181 minutes, and 175 of them go by completely smoothly.
There’s one joke with a certain character that I think gets just a little stale, but only barely.
“Avengers: Endgame” is a masterpiece and you should see it. They did it. The Russo brothers, the writers and actors, they just simply did it. They pulled it off, and that’s all I need to say. Go see this movie.