Director: The Russo Brothers.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo.
Length: 181 minutes.
Quick Review: “Endgame” is more of a fan pleaser than a crowd pleaser, which is a good thing. In other words, the movie lives up to the conclusion that started over a decade ago with Marvel’s first film in the series “Iron Man” (2008).
I know what you are hoping for in this movie. I also, know you are worried about the fate or fates of your favorite superhero or superheroes. I know this because for eleven years, you and I have watched every Marvel movie that has led to this film and above all else we have invested ourselves into the characters within these movies. So, the non-spoiler question one has to ask a reviewer is, “Does the film disappoint?”
Luckily, not in this case. In fact, I really enjoyed this movie. I think the joy in this movie is the journey and the destination that this film reaches based on the past Marvel films. There is of course a lot of fun and sadness in the surprises that our beloved heroes undertake in reaching this film’s destination, but I think the journey of these surprises is what makes “Endgame” really work. The film’s plot in exploring the themes of loss, grieve, and regret is one of the many film’s surprises that made me smile.
In a world of a lot of superhero movies, the film’s choice to explore these themes definitely struck me to enjoy a Marvel movie that I have never been able to before because it affected the film in such a profound way that it allowed the superheroes that we have come to know for years now to be relatable as ordinary people who are capable of feeling such unpleasant emotions. If you thought there was nothing new under Marvel’s emotional storytelling beyond their blockbuster filmmaking, you will be surprised. But before you get too worried on whether there is enough action for this blockbuster film, allow me to reassure you that with a run time of over three hours, Marvel does a marvelous job in flexing its emotional muscle along with its spectacle muscle too. On that note, although “Endgame” keeps that reputation intact in providing incredible action scenes, it should be made clear that “Endgame” is not a movie for children because of the emotional aspects of the plot.
“Endgame” is worthy of being listed as one of the best comic book movies ever made because the movie makes you cheer, laugh, and be open to where superhero movies can be more than just blockbuster films. Also, because of this spoiler-free review, I did not talk about the film’s plot, but trust me that you certainly will be surprised of the destination this film reaches that began eleven years ago.