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Joel’s Spoiler-Free Avengers Endgame Review

by | Apr 26, 2019

I’ve never seen anything like it! People were queuing out of the foyer at my local cinema. And with a runtime of just over three hours, each person in the queue seemed to be buying food like an old-person when the weather predicts snow!

Forty five minutes later and I’m at the counter wondering if I’ve missed the trailers. After rushing from work to get the screening (geek alert), I had high expectations. My severe hatred of inefficient queuing was not going to deter my optimism.

So, if you don’t know, Avengers Endgame is the climax of “phase 3” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film series that all started with Iron Man. It has built up over the years in to the behemoth it is today. The marker for all other film studios on how to build a franchise.

Avengers Endgame picks up right where Infinity War left us. 50% of the world’s life forms have been wiped out and The Avengers are decimated.

So as the title suggests, this review is spoiler-free. But, if you really don’t want to have any clues, DO NOT READ THIS!

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Ok, we’re safe.

So all is hope is gone, the team is broken. If you stayed till the end of the credits of Infinity War, you’ll know that Captain Marvel is on her way. A character so powerful she could potentially change the course of history by herself.

Early doors in the film, that concept is shut down. Nope. Not happening. The Avengers will have to come up with something better than relying on a super-powered space human to solve it all.

It is clear from the outset that there are a huge number of threads to tie up and a lot of story arcs to finish off. The biggest compliment I can give this film is that it somehow manages to pull all of that together in a cohesive enough manner that the young children leaving the cinema seemed to have a good idea of what went on.

However, for me, this is not the five-star, incredible achievement that many much more respected reviewers are claiming. Tone, pace and style are absolutely all over the place, to the point of nausea. The stakes are so high that some of the gags don’t land. And frustratingly, having seen this mistake in other franchises, the action is so fast and blurry that often it is difficult to decipher who is who.

I must add there are some great character moments, some superb acting and some real tugs on the heartstrings. But, when you’re so busy thinking about plot holes and who just bashed who then some of these moments didn’t stick.

Endgame caps an incredible achievement in cinematic history and surely what will continue to be the most profitable and ambitious franchise. I just wanted a bit more. 22 movies down for Marvel/Disney and I wouldn’t place this in my top 5.

A film worth seeing, but a five-star review suggests a film on the level of The Godfather or Citizen Kane. I think that is a stretch.

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