Avengers: Endgame Movie Review - The End of an Era
"Part of the journey is the end"- Tony Stark
Caution- Spoilers Ahead!
MCU fans can finally revel in the closure that endgame brings. It is everything that a Marvel fan could wish for, and maybe a little more. Every ten minutes there is a reason for the whole theater audience to scream and cheer. Be it a character appearance, or an unexpected turn of events.
Character Screen Time in an Ensemble
This is the most difficult part of any crossover or superhero ensemble movie. Balancing screen time for major superhero characters in such a massive production is one of the biggest challenges which Marvel handles beautifully. Marvel ensures each character complements each other instead of competing for screen time. Of course, Marvel's reliance on plot continuity helps achieve such balance, but it also takes much more than just plotlines to tie in a massive ensemble cast such as this.
Granted, ensemble movies will have to be longer than crisp action movies. But at more than 3 hours, Marvel was pushing it a bit. The movie does drag a bit in places with some sections which could have been edited out. Thor's eating disorder could have been shown in a more crisp manner, without highlighting all the aspects of his depression. Professor Hulks journey to New Asgard segue could have been omitted altogether.
These are when you want to make as much noise as possible when you see something. Or when something is just unbelievably cool. Mine was when Captain America faces off against a past version of himself with both Vibranium shields clashing in one complete second of awesome.
The shot with Thor "walking away" from everything, after lopping off Thanos' head was really good. The shot was a beautiful metaphor. It showed Thor turning his back, walking away from Thanos' hut with the camera going out of focus on him in his red Cape.
Even better was when Mjolnir levitates to Caps call to action.
The scene where Cap, Thor and Tony are on a hill looking down at Thanos looks like a Moral High Ground metaphor and is amazing.
Also when Thanos' ship directs all its cannons to battle just one single entity- Captain Marvel.
Redemptive Full Circle Moments.
Pre-snap 'I am Iron Man' was clearly the biggest of them all. The one snap to rule them all. At least to own Thanos once and for all.
But 'Its like I was made for this' was slightly unexpected. This happens when the Avengers are huddled around the Infinity Stone laden Iron Gauntlet deciding who should Snap half the universe back into existence.
Professor Hulk should have seen it coming from the time Tony told Banner that "The other guy saved him for a reason" in 2012 The Avengers. I always thought Thor would snap the Iron Gauntlet.
This movie is a must watch for Anyone who has watched even a single Marvel movie from start to finish. Since Iron Man 2008 of course. It has everything for everyone. Just go see it!