After a culmination of 22 films and 10 years, Endgame promised to be one of the biggest films so far of the 21st century, if not, the entire film history. This film has been hyped to shit. One critic even comparing it to Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Whilst for me it doesn’t come close to that, Endgame is epic in its own rights, though not as jaw dropping amazing as it has been made out to be by the Marvel fanboys. The film takes place almost straight after Infinity War, when Thanos snapped his fingers and half the population, including our favourite superheros like Black Panther, Spider-Man and Dr. Strange dissolved into dust and disappeared.
There were a lot of great things about Endgame, from a technical point of view, there are some really wonderful shots towards the last hour of the film. There is a lot of humour in this film, most notably from Chris Hemsworth and Paul Rudd, who steal the show for me. Their performances were hilarious and were the comedy relief. Tom Holland as Spider-Man has probably been Marvel’s greatest addition to this franchise in terms of how it has developed RDJ’s Iron Man character. Peter Parker provides RDJ with a weakness, love. It’s allowed his character to grow from an arrogant billionaire, to an arrogant billionaire who cares about someone other than himself. I never really got that connection between him and Potts, but the father-son relationship that Endgame, Homecoming and Infinity War have shown, for me, have been it’s best attributes. There were some really awesome twists that happened, both shockingly brilliant, and also emotionally heart-breaking. I didn’t think a Marvel movie could do that, but Endgame certainly managed to pack multiple punches in story-telling.
I do have some criticisms of the film. And not because it is Marvel and I do have Marvel fatigue, but because I think no movie can be perfect, no matter how much I love them. Despite the length of the movie (technically its only 2 hours and 45 minutes as 15 minutes is credits) not a considerable amount happens. If I was to write the plot synopsis, it would look quite short. Certainly the first 2 hours have a slow build up, it doesn’t drag but this film certainly makes nostalgia play a key role to the point where it lingers too long in Marvel’s history, and not in it’s present. It was still an enjoyable 2 hours. The next 45 minutes go quite quick and seem rushed. The battle sequences aren’t brilliant, in this film I was hoping for some really spectacular scenes but I was left disappointed. Still good and exciting, but nothing new or bold. There were some twists that were obvious, I’m still not entirely sure why the audience was so shocked at one key moment, but it’s build up didn’t really work for me as it seemed so obvious.