Movie Review: Avengers Endgame

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This is a SPOILER FREE review.

After waiting a year, to see what happened in the aftermath of the snap in Avengers Infinity War, I joined a record number of people this weekend, to see Avengers Endgame.

My sister Linda joined me. We arrived at the theater an hour before showtime, and good thing we did. The line of eager Avenger fans stretched around the interior of the lobby, by the time the doors to our theater room opened. We watched this epic film with a lively and responsive crowd.

Highly anticipated, Avengers Endgame broke box office records this weekend. I understand that. This movie, number 22 in the series, is the conclusion to a story that began with Iron Man in 2008.

Captivated by Iron Man 11 years ago, and then the rest of the movies in the Marvel Universe, I’ve followed this story as it’s unfolded, film by film. How exciting to be present for the endgame.

The studio kept the storyline a closely guarded secret, so that movie goers could experience the film without preformed opinions. I appreciated that. To honor their intention, this review reveals very little about the plot and certainly nothing about the ending.

Movie Review Avengers Endgame

Avengers Endgame Cast and Crew

This sci-fi, adventure film has a large ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson and Karen Gillan. Josh Brolin, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel provide voice work.

There are many other actors involved in the movie and poignant cameos. For a full list, go HERE.

Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo returned to direct. Avengers Endgame carries a PG-13 rating, for mild language, moderate violence and sequences of intense action, and has a run time of 3 hours and 1 minute. Realistically, by the time you watch the previews and stay through the end credits, you’ve invested more like 3 hours and 30 minutes in this film.

As the start time grew closer, there was an exodus to the nearby restrooms. No one wanted to leave during the movie!

Movie Review Avengers Endgame

Life After the Snap

Endgame begins 22 days after the highly emotional ending portrayed in Infinity War. Using the Infinity Stones set within the gauntlet, Thanos (voiced by Brolin) snapped his fingers and half of the population, across the universe, dissolved away. Family and friends were separated in the snap. More than half of the Avengers disappeared too.

After the snap, the remaining heroes gather together:  Captain America (Evans), Black Widow (Johansson), Rocket the Raccoon (voiced by Cooper) and War Machine (Cheadle). Iron Man (Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Gillan) are rescued by Captain Marvel (Larson), after being stranded in space, and returned to Earth.

From various locations throughout the galaxy, the stragglers appear: Thor (Hemsworth), Hulk ( Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Renner) and Ant-Man (Rudd). It’s a somber group that gathers. The world has changed. The universe has changed. A sense of failure hangs over each Avenger. However, determination fuels their plans.

Black Widow, who also goes by the name Natasha, states the Avengers’ intention well.

“Even if there’s a small chance, we owe this to everybody who’s not in this room.”

This group, united by purpose and ingenuity and various abilities, goes all in to undo what Thanos has done and bring back those they have lost.

Movie Review Avengers Endgame

Movie Review Avengers Endgame

My Reactions to Avengers Endgame

This movie did not disappoint.

I avoided reading anything about the film or storyline, prior to watching the movie, and you should too. Additionally, it feels right not to share any more about the plot, than what I have. This is a movie that needs to be experienced, on the big screen in a darkened theater. There the real world slips away and the story unfolds scene by scene.

As one who has watched the films leading to this conclusion, I felt all the powerful emotions that accompany an ending. It’s a grand finale though, and thoroughly satisfying.

I loved being part of the crowd that watched with me. People cheered and laughed and clapped. They cried as well, for all their own reasons. At the end we all applauded again, together, and then sat quietly through the credits.

Marvel is well known for including additional scenes during the end credits, typically at the midway point and then at the very end. Not so for Avengers Endgame. However, for the ardent fan there is reason enough to stay. I enjoyed the mid credit extras, and I’m still thinking about the audio clip at the very end.

I found it a fitting final moment.

The Endgame

Well done, all those involved in this monumental story. I’ve learned about courage, sacrifice, acceptance, love and being exactly who I am meant to be.

And so ends Phase III in the Marvel Universe. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Phase IV. Every ending signals a new beginning.

Movie Review Avengers Endgame

If you need a refresher before watching Avengers Endgame, you can rent Avengers Infinity War.




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Movie Review: Avengers Infinity War

I just got home from an evening showing of a movie I have highly anticipated. Avengers: Infinity War released last Friday and it’s smashing records already. I’ve carefully avoided reading anything about the movie before viewing it, so I had no expectations. This is a spoiler free review, however, if you have not yet seen the film, be warned that the basic story line is shared in this post, without revealing the ending.

My sister Linda joined me for this movie night, as she has for most of the Marvel Universe films, 18 in total, that have paved the road to Infinity War.

Movie Review Avengers Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War has a huge cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Markie, Sebastian Stan, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, Gwenyth Paltrow, Josh Brolin, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper. This sci-fi adventure film, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, carries a PG-13 rating, for intense sequences of action and violence, language and some crude remarks, and has a run time of 2 hours and 29 minutes.

The Avengers films bring together the majority of the heroes, who have been introduced in previous movies, so that together they can defeat a villain whose intentions and/or actions will have catastrophic consequences for the universe.

In Infinity War, there is just such a villain. Thanos (voiced by Brolin), sees himself as the only being who can bring harmony to the thousands of inhabited planets scattered across the universe. His plan is ruthless. Kill half of the population on each planet. He believes doing so will relieve overpopulation, famine, poverty and all the woes that plague those worlds, allowing the survivors to have better lives.

Movie Review Avengers Infinity War

To carry out his cold hearted plan, Thanos must collect the Infinity Stones that have been scattered across the universe. As the film opens, he has two. He is searching for the other three.

The Avengers become aware of Thanos’ quest, one by one. Many have already dealt with Thanos previously or at least know who he is. From their scattered locations, the Avengers begin to come together, not as one large group, but in smaller groups, determined to end this threat before Thanos ends life.

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Downey Jr.), Dr. Strange (Cumberbatch), and Spider Man (Holland) eventually team up with half of the Guardian of the Galaxy group…Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Pratt), Mantis (Klememtieff), Drax (Bautista). They go after Thanos, who has kidnapped his adopted daughter, Gamora (Saldana), who is also Star-Lord’s girlfriend.

Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk (Ruffalo) joins Captain America (Evans), Black Widow (Johansson), Wanda (Olsen), Falcon (Markie) and War Machine (Cheadle) as they protect Vision (Bettany), who has one of the Infinity Stones in his forehead.

This group travels to Wakanda for help, joining Black Panther (Boseman) and Bucky/Winter Soldier (Stan). The people of Wakanda take up arms with them when the battle comes to them there.

And Thor (Hemsworth) travels with the remaining Guardian members, Rocket the Raccoon (voiced by Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Diesel). Loki (Hiddleston), Thor’s brother, is present at the beginning of the movie when Thanos begins his onslaught.

Movie Review Avengers Infinity War

Thanos has power wielding beings helping him to search for the stones. The Avenger groups must battle through these nearly invincible foes before the ultimate showdown with Thanos. Every super power they have, every bit of knowledge and wisdom, every clever gadget and powerful weapon must be used, to save trillions of lives.

WOW was the first word out of my mouth at the conclusion of this long movie. Avengers: Infinity War did not disappoint. Full of action that was incredibly intense, the humorous moments interspersed throughout the film were much needed to allow the audience to catch their breath. I cheered each time a familiar character joined the teams. And it was great to see Pepper Potts (Paltrow), Tony Stark’s fiancé, return in this film.

What I love most about the Marvel Universe films is the camaraderie between the different characters. They each have different powers, different gifts, different background stories. But when Earth, or the universe, is in danger, they rally together, champions defending human kind and non-human kind alike.

Avengers: Infinity War is the type of movie that is best experienced on the big screen, with a responsive audience. After the clip tucked in beyond the credits, we can all blink together, sigh, or turn to each other and say what??!!

Linda and I talked about the movie all the way home. We will be thinking about this latest Avengers film for days. I can’t wait to see it again.

Movie Review Avengers Infinity War