Opinion, Reviews

‘Avengers: Endgame’: A spoiler-free case for greatness

To describe “Avengers: Endgame” in a few words, it would be: It’s great and you should watch it.

If that’s all you want to know, I completely understand if that’s all you read from this review. I know I did the same before I saw it for myself.

For those that want to know more, I’ll explain myself further. But not too much. I honestly believe that the best way to watch this movie is having no idea what you are about to see. Just like “Infinity War” was last year.

As a fan of this the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I think this movie is fantastic, to me it’s great.

If you’re a fan, you might feel the same way too. If you’re not a fan of this franchise, you’ll probably also enjoy the film, but in a different way. That’s not meant to sound condescending, like only members of ‘the group’ will ‘understand’ this film’s true quality, which some fanbases are guilty of doing. But speaking from personal experience watching “Endgame,” this movie caused me to experience specific feelings, as it knew it would. So if you not a fan, you’ll probably enjoy it, just not in the same way, if that makes sense?

As a critic, I try my best to analyze movies without bias. But I have to confess, as a fanboy of the MCU, I walked out of this movie, like “Infinity War,” with feeling I had just experienced an important event.

However, you don’t really need to be a fan, or even a long term fan, to appreciate “Endgame.” What “Endgame” does with its story is truly impressive for a big budget, studio film. “Infinity War” took risks, and so does “Endgame.” The MCU has built an audience for 11 years now and a ton of profit, which allows the directors Joe and Anthony Russo, head producer Kevin Feige and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the chance to cash in on this credibility by taking risks with its story. Risks that, as a movie-goer, I never thought I would see on screen.

It’s an intelligent movie. The way it builds off all the movies that came before it, referencing and acknowledging them, is very well done. It does a good job of balancing all of the many characters. For the most part, they all get time on screen, which for some characters, felt mishandled in the past films. It really does feel like they get their moment to shine here.

As someone who has watched these movies since “Iron Man,” and has been a fanboy since “Marvel’s The Avengers,” the first Avengers film, I have a very deep connection with this franchise, and now with “Endgame.” As “Infinity War” did, it builds off a decade worth of films and delivers a thoughtful, emotional, entertaining, well-made and satisfying climax to the franchise.

It may not be a great movie, but considering all these points, along with many factors I can’t go into, maybe it is?

Like with “Infinity War,” “Endgame” pleased both sides of me. The fanboy and the critic. So even if you are not a fan of the MCU, or superheroes in general, I think if you watch “Endgame,” you’re in for a real treat.

Because personally, I walked out of a three-hour film, feeling that it wasn’t that long, and I was yelling with joy in the parking lot.


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