Movie Review – ‘Avengers: Endgame’

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Don’t worry, I won’t go over-the-top and mad like I did the last time when doing a quick movie review on ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ for my birthday last year. Rest assured, I had a lovely time yesterday for my birthday in having a meal at a Frankie & Benny’s restaurant and seeing ‘Avengers: Endgame’ at Showcase Cinemas in Nantgarw. I also received some nice gifts from friends and family.

The highlight birthday present was a photo of Nyssa in ‘The Keeper of Traken’ from ‘Doctor Who’ signed by Sarah Sutton. It was very nice of Sarah to sign that photo for me on my birthday and it was really nice my parents acquired the photo from her at the ‘Film and Comic Con Cardiff’, March 2019.

Tim Bradley’s photo of Nyssa in ‘The Keeper of Traken’ signed with ‘Happy Birthday’ by Sarah Sutton

So after all the waiting I had to see this movie and avoiding all the spoilers and reviews beforehand, what did I make of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ the latest in the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ film series? (Pause) I thought it was really good! I honestly had a great time watching this movie for my birthday.

I heard news that ‘Avengers: Endgame’ had broken box office records and apparently it is a 3 hour 1 minute long film. There are things about it that were silly and nonsensical at times, but at the same time there were also some very emotional moments. They include some heartbreaking epic deaths.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is of course ‘Part 2’ of a two-part story involving ‘The Infinity Saga’ as it’s called. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ ended on a cliff-hanger with half of the universe disintegrated and all when the villainous Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet. The movie begins with half of our heroes left.

These include Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man; Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America; Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk (sort of); Chris Hemsworth as Thor; Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow; Don Cheadle as ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes/War Machine; Karen Gillan as Nebula and Bradley Cooper as Rocket. Most of them go off to find Thanos at the film’s start.

They’re also joined by Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel who recently made her first appearance in ‘Captain Marvel’ this year. But when our heroes find Thanos on an alien planet, he’s used up all the power in the Infinity Gauntlet and Thor angrily beheads him. Wow, that was quick! 😀

The film then moves on to five years later. It was interesting to see how the characters coped and changed in the space of five years after half of the universe was wiped out. There are some pretty questionable choices made on how the Hulk and Thor’s lives ended up five years later, but whatever.

Eventually Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant Man turns up, following the end of ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’. Once Ant-Man rejoins the Avengers’ team, the story moves into time-travel territory where our heroes go back in time to acquire the six Infinity Stones before Thanos gets them to change history.

This was interesting to see in terms of how the concept was executed in the film. You’d have to watch previous films like ‘Avengers Assemble’, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in order to understand what’s going on. I probably need to re-watch those films again to understand.

There are a lot of complexities to the film and I’m not sure if everything gets resolved justly in what is considered to be the final ‘Avengers’ film or the final chapter in ‘The Infinity Saga’ of the ‘MCU’. I think mostly everything gets resolved in this film. It’s nice to have three hours to accommodate that.

There are lots to say about this movie but I better not give away too many spoilers here. Jeremy Renner returns as Clint Barton/Hawkeye to rejoin the Avengers team. There’s also Danai Gurira as Okoye; Benedict Wong as…Wong; Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan; Gwnyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Josh Brolin as Thanos. I found Thanos to be mad and crazy when he’s bent to get what he wants.

The film also features the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange; Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp; Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch; Anthony Mackie as Falcon; Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes; Pom Klementieff as Mantis; Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer; Letitia Wright as Shuri; Michael Douglas as Hank Pym; Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne; Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill; Vin Diesel as Groot; Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star Lord; Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and of course Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Yeah, I knew Peter/Spidey would come back in this. The trailers for ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ gave the surprise away. Seriously, Marvel Studios should’ve set that film for a cinema release next year.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is a satisfying conclusion to the two-part story that started in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, but it’s not without its flaws. There are silly and stupid moments to be found, but there are also meaningful and well-balanced emotional moments. I felt pretty sad as to how some of the characters turned out with one of them dying and one of them getting older by this accident or not.

This movie does feel like the end of an era for a certain group of characters in the ‘MCU’ and this is of course where Phase Three comes to a close. If this is the last ‘Avengers’ film then that is a shame, but I enjoyed this movie when I saw it at the cinema for my birthday. This film was exactly what I was expecting in being an action-packed Marvel superhero movie that was worth the entertainment.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘Avengers: Endgame’

  1. Excellent review Tim, i gotta say was disappointed by this not in terms of acton but the characterizations of Hulk & Thor,in the previous film Thor was brilliant but here he’s made to be a moronic self pitying fool & as this is the last Avengers movie we should’ve had bad ass Thor not this silly rendition he was just played for laughs undoing all the good work of the previous film, i wouldn’t minded if he was lke this for the frst scene but when he teamed up with the Avengers he’d be back to bad ass Thor.

    Hulk was another he didn’t do much in final battle & merging Hulk & Banner goes against the inner struggles of the character i mean half the population wiped out & Hulks taking selfies with kids, best way sum this up look at Hulk & Thor in Avengers Assemble & then compare there characters.

    I thought Black Widow badly underused & she didn’t get one fight scene, Captain America fared better until the end when he become a selfish git changing history & Peggys tmeline for his own selfish needs & giving the shield to Falcon & not Bucky, Givng the sheild to Bucky would be a way of redeeming his wrongs during his time as the Winter Soldier plus he’s a super soldier, Capt & Buckys friendship in both Infinity War & Endgame has been shabby & not given the emotional drama & dramatic depth it needed, mean again Bucky did nothing n this & as a fan of the Winter Soldier film there arc wasn’t given enough due care & attention.

    And Nick Fury only turns up for one scens at a certain characters funeral i mean come on that’s lame when a pivotal Marvel character ain’t even featured in the final battle.

    Only characters i enjoyed was Iron Man, RDJr brought his A game & delivered a excellent performance & Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye there character arcs were beautifully handled.

    Sorry to be nitpicky but as a finale this film didnt cut it for me & i left the cinema feeling underwhelmed, bad character arcs ruined what should’ve been a epic pay off, i love the Russo Brothers but the choices made here are questionable & there’s some Steven Moffat plotholes like Nebula shooting her younger evil self but her older self doesn’t die, surely if i went back & shot myself last week i wouldn’t exist in the future?

    Right then, I’m off lie down in the zero room as my head hurts lol

    I rated this 3/5.

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    • Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed my review.

      Yeah I can’t deny Thor and Hulk’s characterisations were way-off compared to how they started in their initial movies and how they’ve ended up in ‘Avengers Assemble’. It’s like Marvel Studios wanted all the silliness from ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to be transferred into this film to keep up with the continuity of everything. Which isn’t always a good thing. I don’t know what goes into the making of these ‘MCU’ movies, but clearly they’ve made too many and there’s this balance of drama and humour trying to be made and it doesn’t work all that well, making it uneven. I don’t understand how Bruce became Hulk-like five years later and how Thor ended up ‘letting himself go’ since shouldn’t he be a god? I would’ve gone a different route to how Hulk and Thor ended up in the movie if I wrote the screenplay.

      I do wonder how Captain America and Peggy being together doesn’t alter future events in the timeline in anyway. It did seem lazily handled, despite the dare I say it ‘forced’ happy ending at the end. I know Chris Evans wanted to go, but I wouldn’t have ended his character’s journey here. And I know you’re jealous since you want to be with Hayley Atwell, not Captain America. Hehe! 😀

      Yeah Bucky Barnes hasn’t done much in these ‘Avenger’ movies compared to what he’d done in ‘Civil War’ and I can see what you’re getting at with the handover of Cap’s shield to Falcon at the end. There was a lot to take in mind and there were too many characters to identify. Yeah I agree with you about Nebula shooting her younger self. It wasn’t clear whether young Nebula survived or not.

      I can’t deny this movie has its flaws and you need to be an avid viewer of these MCU movies to know what’s happening. Perhaps my thoughts on this movie might change when I come to review it in full-detail on my blog.

      I’ve seen the new trailer for ‘Spider-Man: From From Home’. I’m looking forward to seeing that movie, but I admit I have doubts on certain set-ups made between characters in the film.

      Thanks for your comments, Simon.

      Tim. 🙂

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