Yesterday was the day Avengers: Endgame arrived on Blu-Ray in the United States and, because I had preordered it months ago, I walked into my local Best Buy and got my Limited Edition Steelbook copy of the film with a HUGE smile on my face. When I got home I entered in my digital code, sat down with my little sister at my side and the speakers ready to loudly project the film into my ears, and watched Avengers: Endgame.
The greatest surprise I had about the movie was how unexpectedly short it felt. The movie is three hours long and yet it feels like the shortest 3-hour movie that I have ever seen. The story flys by with brilliant efficiency and next thing you know you reach the film’s tantalizing conclusion which, once again, made me cry like a baby. I don’t know what it is about that final battle that gets to my emotions so hard. Maybe it’s an instinctive reflex of unbridled joy at seeing so many of my favorite superheroes all coalesced into one EPIC battle of the ages. Every hero gets a highlight, every MCU hero that you love dons the screen, every hero is there! It’s unprecedented. Nothing like it has ever been achieved and it just…gosh, it messes me up.
So yes, the last hour of the movie is expectedly awesome with plenty of tears going around to the point where my sister was thoroughly enjoying my tearful situation, patting me on the shoulder sympathetically and encouraging me to keep it together while I gazed at the final battle looking like Viola Davis from Fences. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about go to Youtube and search “Viola Davis fences” and watch the first video you see.)
But, after seeing Avengers: Endgame for the third time, you begin to truly understand the film’s weaknesses.
Endgame is a great movie worthy of its “highest-grossing film of all time” title but it’s not without its flaws. Its biggest flaw is its unwillingness to be creative. Infinity War shocked me with storylines I didn’t see coming, new worlds to explore, and it wasn’t predictable. Infinity War, like Captain America: Civil War, kept duking out plot twists that left me on the edge all the way down to the final/ultimate plot twist with Thanos actually winning.
The writers and the Russo Brothers decided to take the safer route for Endgame, practically giving us an instant replay of some of the MCU’s greatest moments with a creative twist. Thanos is watered down to a menial role, which is fine but takes away from the darkness of the story.
And the 1970s’ sequence with Tony Stark seeing his father and Steve Rogers seeing Peggy seems almost forced and, truthfully, pretty lame in comparison to the film’s other flashback sequences. I get it. Fans wanted to see Tony with Howard (I being one of them) and everyone wanted to see Steve and Peggy’s relationship touched again but I think it could’ve been handled better. Thankfully it’s the only sequence in the movie that I find a bit painful to watch but unfortunately, it drags on long enough to be a real blight to the overall movie.
All in all, Avengers: Endgame is great but it isn’t stupendous like Infinity War was. Not to say I didn’t enjoy myself though. I’m so glad to now proudly own this movie so I can watch that final battle sequence as many times as I like. It’s going to be so much fun playing instant replays of Captain America facing Thanos with Mjolnir in the probably very near future. 😁
I thank you for reading and I hope you have an amazing day. Avengers Assemble!