Avengers: Endgame (review) – The ultimate conclusion?

This is a lot of movie… like, a LOT of movie. Just, so much movie.

Avengers: Endgame is one of, if not the, most anticipated films of all time. How do you review something like that?

The answer is carefully.

On the bright side, dodging spoilers means a lot less work for me. So, expect a short review.

To put it simply, Endgame feels like a reward. A reward for all those who have invested themselves even slightly in the past eleven years of movies from the MCU.

And it delivers.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfectly enjoyable and stunningly put together film on its own terms. But it can only really shine if you’ve seen the other movies; if you catch that reference, or remember that bit, or recognise that name. If you can get all that, then the 3-hour runtime just flies by, it is a very well-paced bit of media.

Side-note: Props to the marketing team. They don’t reveal anything in the trailers, and given the track record Marvel has with trailers, there’s a lot they could have put in. It’s genuinely nice to save real surprises for the big screen.

Really, you have already decided if you’re seeing this or not. So, I’m going to quick-fire some non-spoiler highs:

The score is amazing, Alan Silvestri really outdid himself with this one. Just when you think the Avengers theme couldn’t get any better.

Some of the shots, it’s rare that an MCU movie gets properly iconic shots, so you’ll know them when you see them.

All of the acting is so on-point. There is not a single member of this cast that isn’t bringing their A-game, or feels out of place. They have near enough all played these characters before. They’re  comfortable in the roles and it shows. It’s great to see the chemistry between everyone, and when they’re having fun, so are you.

Also, the film is funny. There are quite a lot of good jokes throughout.

Endgame only works because of all the movies that came before it. It refuses to stand on its own, and instead proudly drowns itself in being a Marvel movie.

I don’t know where I would rank it personally, there’s so many of them now that it just becomes a chore. That being said, I would say it’s a step above Infinity War by virtue of slowing down and giving the characters room to breathe. There are some wonderful character beats in this.

And I don’t think it can really be understated that there is no franchise film like this. There is no franchise like this. It is a weird cocktail, a mixture of chaotic elements that end up just working.

So yeah, go watch it. Though I think you’ve already made up your mind.