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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.
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.
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Bye for now!