Avengers: Endgame: An almost meditative, satisfying conclusion mounted on a blockbuster idea

If you haven’t seen Endgame yet, consider yourself warned that any attempt to review this film — one that doesn’t stop with vague, unsatisfying, superficial references, of course — is going to be littered with spoilers, even if they are seemingly insignificant. Avengers: Endgame is that sort of film. It indulges in brave redesigning of beloved characters, some retelling of the past, a central idea that taps into nostalgia even while confounding you with paradoxes… It’s impossible to review this film without at least mentioning its grand schemes. It’s a film whose details have been guarded with as much determination as shown by its superheroes in protecting the Infinity Stones. Even if I shall observe much caution, I’m the reluctant Thanos here forced to wipe away some of your surprises — even if not half — and if you should want to watch this film unpolluted by analysis, you know what to do.

Director: The Russo brothers

Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s starting with my most favourite aspect of Endgame. It’s not its thumping war sequences, it’s not its marriage of at least three popular genres of films, it’s not its emotional gravitas… it’s its lack of haste. Endgame is the film that brings to conclusion more than ten years of Marvel films, and if you expected it to kick into fifth gear in hurry and keep at it till the very end, you couldn’t be more wrong. It’s not war from the outset — although you could certainly make the case for this being a different sort of war. A fight not fought as collectively as it is individually by many of these traumatised superheroes. A fight not fought as flamboyantly, as publicly, as it is privately. The grim events of Infinity War have taken a toll on all of them, and quite fittingly, the mood gets set by a poignant scene in the life of Clint Barton/Hawkeye. This is perhaps Marvel’s most emotional film yet, and this scene really sets the stage for what follows for the next three hours. The next time someone makes an insulting comment about the frivolity of superhero films, show them this film. After you show Logan, of course.

(Review continued in the link below)

For the remainder of this review (and there’s a whole lot left, I assure you), please visit https://www.cinemaexpress.com/reviews/english/2019/apr/26/avengers–endgame-review-the-russo-brothers-chris-evans-robert-downey-jr-scarlett-johansson-chr-11256.html

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