Rating: 10/10 (Masterpiece)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Brie Larson, Bradley Cooper, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana, Chadwick Boseman, Dania Gurira, Evangeline Lilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Micheal Douglas, Haley Atwell, Natalie Portman, Rene Russo, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson
Directors: Joe and Anthony Russo
Music: Alan Silvestri
Producer: Kevin Feige
Banner: Marvel Studios
The most awaited film of the decade, Avengers Endgame has finally arrived. After an unprecedented 11 years of storytelling, this phase of Marvel movies dubbed the Infinity Saga finally comes to a conclusion. Produced by Kevin Feige, Robert Downey Jr. called Endgame Marvel's crowning jewel. Does the film live up-to the gargantuan expectations and deliver a satisfying end? Find out in this week's review.
Plot: Following the events of Infinity War, Thanos (Josh Brolin) has retired and successfully eliminated 50% of the world's population. The remaining Avengers try and figure out a way to reverse the snap and bring all their fallen allies back. How they do this and whether or not they succeed forms the rest of Avengers Endgame.
Performances: After 11 years of playing the character, Robert Downey Jr. still brings that same enthusiasm and swagger to the role of Tony Stark. He is outstanding and gets many moments to shine as Iron Man throughout the movie.
In his 8th outing as Captain America, Chris Evans also delivers a knockout performance and leads the team for most of the movie. The relationship between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers is one of the backbones of the entire movie and it's beautifully executed.
Jeremy Renner makes a return as Hawkeye and gets a crucial role and does well. Scarlett Johansson brings the necessary emotional quotient and is at ease with Black Widow.
Mark Ruffalo provides comic relief but it's Chris Hemsworth's Thor that packs a massive surprise and a twist the makers have in store for the audience. It's more of Ragnarok type character for Hemsworth and the character arc is beautifully written.
Paul Rudd brings his classic comic timing and charm as Ant Man who plays a crucial role in the story.
Bradley Cooper as Rocket and Don Cheadle as War Machine provided added comic relief. Brie Larson as Captain Marvel has more of a cameo appearance after her solo outing.
Lastly, Josh Brolin as Thanos is superb once again. Due to the story events, this Thanos is different and not as ruthless, but equally adept and Brolin does a fantastic job once again who gets to really shine in the third act of the film.
Direction: Russo brothers, take a bow. To pull off a film, let alone top the spectacle that was Infinity War, is an achievement in itself. Endgame is a film that on paper, should be a disaster. There is so much going on the film and so many surprises and so many plot twists, that after a point the film should come crashing down at any moment. But the film never does and the Russo brothers somehow make it work. This film literally has all the commercial elements one would expect in an Avengers movie and more. There are twists, there is the right balance of comedy, and most importantly emotions. If Infinity War was all about action and pace, Endgame is more about emotions and dialogues. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have written a script that has so many different subplots going at the same time but never do you feel confused at any moment. The way they have written a separate character arc for each of the original 6 Avengers is just brilliant. Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor are all given closure while Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Hulk are all given proper conclusions as well. This film will make you cry, laugh, and cheer throughout. And the third of act of Endgame is the greatest act in all of comic book history. The final battle will be remembered for the rest of cinematic history. Overall, Avengers Endgame is the ultimate gift to fans and a masterpiece from the Russo brothers who so effortlessly pulled off the biggest film of the decade which makes for a satisfying and thrilling conclusion to this saga of Marvel movies.
Technicalities: Music and BGM by Alan Silvestri is a masterpiece. The score is just simply breathtaking and the track Assemble which comes during the climax will give you goosebumps for sure. Cinematography by Trent Opaloch is extraordinary. Each and every frame is brilliantly captured. Editing by Jeffrey Schmidt and Matthew Ford is ok but the film never feels drags once throughout the 181 minute run-time. Production Design by John Plas and Charles Wood is magnificent. Costumes by Judianna Makovsky is brilliant and awesome to watch. Dialogues by Markus and Mcfeely are one of the backbones of the movie. The only problem this time around would be the VFX. While all Marvel movies have world class VFX, Endgame does suffer from times from questionable VFX. But that's a very minor problem in a incredibly well made film. Lastly, Production Values are otherworldly by Kevin Feige. This man built the MCU from the ground up and Robert Downey Jr's words are very true: This is Marvel's crowning jewel and perhaps Feige's biggest achievement of his career at Marvel.
+ Literally Everything
- Questionable Ending
- Logistic Plot Points not explained
Final Take and Analysis: 11 years ago, I watched a film called Iron Man with Robert Downey Jr. The film was controversial because of the stars past and what he had been through. But a man named Jon Favreau instilled faith in him and convinced Marvel to give him the part. And would you know the movie become a blockbuster and started off the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it today. 11 years and 21 movies later, I couldn't be more proud to have been a fan of this franchise. The expectations in Avengers Endgame were gargantuan. And the Russo brothers deliver what is such a satisfying film.
Avengers Endgame has all the commercial elements of a blockbuster film while also being multilayered. From having so many subplots and giving each of the 6 Avengers their due recognition and importance, Endgame balances so many acts and still comes out on top. You will laugh, you will cheer, and you will cry throughout the film. The movie is loaded with fan moments and other things. The film to be quite frank doesn't make any sense and the whole time travel rules are established by the Russo brothers themselves.
The first 20 mins of the movie are sluggish but picks up when the Quantam Realm plot starts. From then on, the film becomes very entertaining. The final battle is indescribable to be honest. If I say anything, it's a spoiler but all I will say is that it tops the iconic moment from Infinity War when Thor arrives in Wakanda. There is one shot in the final battle which will have you in tears as a hardcore comic book fan. The climax of the film is very emotional and changes the MCU as we know it forever. And the end is questionable and will definitely make some people confused with the logistics. But everything works out in the end.
Overall, Avengers Endgame is Marvel's crowning jewel and a cinematic masterpiece from Marvel Studios. Emotional, multi-layered, and a final battle that will be remembered forever, Endgame is THE conclusion to the greatest movie franchise of all time for the time being. GO AND WATCH IT.