IMDb Rating | 8.5
Humpo Show Rating | 8.8
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and many many others!
Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Plot Summary: After the devastating events of Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe. (IMDb)
Following ‘the snap’, which wiped out half of life in the universe, the remaining Avengers and other heroes find Thanos on an uninhabited planet. He reveals he has already destroyed the infinity stones to prevent further use. Endgame concerns the events that follow, and the attempts they make at trying to undo the damage that Thanos caused when he completed his mission in Infinity War.
Very few highly-anticipated films live up to the hype, even successful TV shows are struggling – yes, I’m looking at you, Game of Thrones. But Endgame does not fall into that category, it is the perfect follow up to Infinity War, a pinnacle of the Marvel franchise and an epic conclusion to a film series that is quite rightly considered one of the most successful in history.
Endgame is a great homage to the ten-year history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The story highlights the original Avengers team of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. It is an excellent conclusion to over 10 years of film, but I felt that the pacing and the direction was just short of what the Russo brothers managed in Infinity War, which was more focused and energetic. The film concentrates on character development over action and intense sequences – there is A LOT of focus on Hawkeye’s story and return to the fold. which was a surprise to me given he isn’t a leading figure like Stark or Rogers. The writers perhaps went a bit overboard with this aspect as it tipped the film towards the three-hour mark.
The plot is imaginative – especially as most viewers know where the story is heading; emotionally engaging – I went through so many emotions as the story unfolded; and quite funny. In terms of the visuals, it truly is a spectacle. The opening view from the spaceship that Stark and Nebula are on during the opening scene is cinema at it’s finest. And, the way that the epic battles are presented is creative and clear – both important in helping the narrative interest viewers and to help them to understand what is happening.
The creative teams handle the character arcs of Stark and Rogers particularly well. The original duo have been the figureheads of the franchise for a decade and they get fitting roles and coverage in Endgame. No more to be said there, as I want to avoid giving any spoilers away…
However, a grievance I did have was how the writers conveniently ‘explained’ Captain Marvel’s absence from the Avengers’ fightback against Thanos and how to reverse the effects of ‘the snap’. “There are other planets who need a hero,” is the line she delivers for why she doesn’t partake in the much more important task of saving the universe. Despite this, she seems to have ‘conveniently’ sorted things out just in time to participate in the big finale…
Endgame is an exceptional end to a storyline that has been many years in the making. The scope is spectacular. The acting and direction flawless. A film that will satisfy millions of fans and deserves some acknowledge from the Academy.
The Humpo Show | Richard