Saturday, 27 April 2019

Avengers:Endgame (2019)

[**** stars / *****] 

First things first. Avengers: Endgame is a Marvel Studios classic! Say hello again to light feathery humour, endearing superhero bonding, relatable true-to-life dialogues and tight, breathless action sequences. 

Avengers: Endgame is a smashing, bonafide blockbuster, an epic popcorn crunching seat grabber that lives up to its hype. 

Following the shocking events of Avengers: Infinity War, we meet a group of defeated, melancholy superheroes who haven't given up yet.  

Without giving anything away, watch out for the subdued, dying Ironman, a mellow Captain America, a murderous Hawkeye, a pot-bellied Thor, wisecracking Rocket and other eye-catching superheroes. 

Relive comic book magic
Not everything seamlessly blends together in every scene, but the jokes all work, except for some pop-references (The Big Lebowski tribute, among others) that less aware audiences will miss.

The fun of superheroes mocking each other even in such desperate times, leading to the superb final hour battle brought out many appreciative hoots from the evening show audience. That funky kind of carefreeness gives a complicated Avengers: Endgame plot its summer groove.  

Three-hour spectacle 
The three hours glide away, thanks to the well-explained (if hazy at parts) troubleshooting story, unwavering direction, lively ensemble cast, and steady pacing. 

Screenplay writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus achieve quite a feat to keep the speculative audience guessing. With zillions of pre-movie theories that have been going around, the final outcome is beautiful - sad, unexpected, happy and satisfying, all at the same time. Minor grumble - the 3D doesn't add to the viewing experience.

Catch it on the big screen 
For Marvel fans who have lived the story and many story threads over the last decade, this will be an emotional goodbye, and what a fitting conclusion Avengers: Endgame has turned out to be. 

Avengers: Endgame is a celebration of everything we love about superhero comic book movies. It's not the best MCU movie ever, but up there with the best. I can't wait to catch the movie again next week.  

Don't miss Avengers: Endgame on the big screen! Marvel fans assemble! 

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