REVIEW BY SADHBH HANNA
Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives. Or should I say, the final Avengers film has.
It’s hard to know what to say about Avengers: Endgame. This is mainly because it’s hard to say anything about it without giving away some major spoilers, but also because the colossal film left me lost for words. I laughed, I cried (a lot), I grieved, and in the end, I felt satisfied. Avengers: Endgame was a perfect second half to Avengers: Infinity War, and a wonderful conclusion to the 22-film long Infinity Saga.
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the remaining members of the Avengers team must find a way to undo Thanos’ actions, no matter what the consequences may be. The film brings together the original six Avengers for one last adventure. We see these heroes deal with loss, grief, and guilt and navigate the new world Thanos has created. But, they never give up or back down, and we see them back in action as soon as a plan presents itself.
While watching Endgame, it really felt like I was experiencing something special. This film represents a big moment in cinema, comparable to the likes of finding out who Luke’s father is in 1980 while watching The Empire Strikes Back. Marvel knows that Endgame is the movie of a generation, and they have gone to great trouble to make sure that minimal spoilers and leaks do not get out so that fans can experience the film’s biggest twists in all their glory on the big screen.
It would be incredibly hard to please every fan with this film, even with the three-hour run-time, and some people may be disappointed with certain decisions made in the film. But in my eyes, Anthony and Joe Russo have succeeded again after their achievements directing two Captain America films and Avengers: Infinity War. The Russo brothers manage to balance all of their characters and let individual personalities shine, while still allowing for the big fights, touching scenes, and hilarious moments.
While the film will be an incredible experience for fans, it is not for newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: without the context of the last 21 films, Endgame would feel like a confusing mess. If you have been on this ten-year long journey with these beloved heroes, you will be rewarded, as Endgame connects in some way to almost every single previous film, whether it’s a subtle nod to a long-gone character or a full scene referencing a past film. The more of the films you’ve seen, the more impact Endgame will have. No matter what you think will happen, you will still be surprised and amazed by the twists and turns. Nothing can prepare you for it. Avengers: Endgame is the perfect finale to over a decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Avengers: Endgame is now screening in cinemas nationwide.