Avengers: Endgame – 2019 – Action, Sci-Fi, Superhero
So, Shell wouldn’t go to the cinema to sit through a three-hour Marvel film, especially after Infinity War felt a bit lacklustre for me and she just right out disliked it. So, I waited for it to come out on Blu-Ray. And as I am a self-confessed geek and huge Marvel fan, this was tricky, not only that but I managed to avoid the majority of spoilers, though not only, but I’m alright with that as knowing what is going to happen in a film doesn’t bother me as I enjoy it moment from moment.
Overall, I enjoyed it, the first two hours did drag in places and could have been condensed into an hour, but the final hour was absolutely brilliant, from the moment I heard ‘On your left’ I couldn’t stop smiling. The final hour was Marvel at it’s best, every character had their little moment in the spotlight and with a cast so huge that was no mean feat. Full of action, humour and shocks. And this is a film for the original Avengers, they were the stars, the majority of other Marvel actors/actresses got a very easy pay check, I finally figured out why Gwyneth Paltrow did not realise Sebastian Stan was in the same film as her!
Well, I am not going to go into the story here, as the majority of people who take the time to read this have already seen it and those who haven’t are probably like Shell and just do not care! But I did want to think about some of the characters journeys.
Captain America, Chris Evans turned out to be the perfect choice for this role, a role that could have ended up twee and self-righteous and overly patriotic was played with a gentle humour and sense of kindness, honesty and questioning, he was the leader you wanted to follow. Robert Downey Jr is undoubtably the only person you can see as Iron Man now, it is a character I have never really liked because of his arrogance but whilst that is certainly there so is his humanity and he has turned someone who was written to be sometimes unlikable into a role model for the new generation of Marvel fans. Chris Hemsworth Thor again could have been a stereotypical powerful God who destroys everything, but the humour he has as well as the self-deprecating nature of Mr Hemsworth is superb, Thor Ragnarök is truly a marvellous Action Comedy and his turn in this film had a desperation to it as well as being bliming funny. Mark Ruffalo stopped the curse of the Hulk actors and proved you can play both Bruce and Hulk, though the character design was bit odd in this one. Scarlett Johansson had the most difficult job of bringing what could’ve been a one-dimensional assassin to life and she turned her into a leader and gave her layers that sometimes the comic book character lacked. Though she was sometimes over-powered in the humour stakes by the others! And finally , from the main characters, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, a human firing arrows, surrounded by Gods and Aliens, personally I loved his take on the character, you could believe that he could sit side by side with these legends and earn their respect, plus he had some awesome one-liners throughout the films. Also, big hand to Don Cheadle for actually getting to do something this movie, War Machine stepped up! So did Karen Gillan as Nebula, so glad to see where she will be appearing next. And Brie Turner continues to show what a superb character Captain Marvel can be in te right hands.
Now, I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with Wanda and Vision and how? Also are The Falcon and Winter Soldier going to be a double act to follow Riggs and Murtaugh or will they be more PInky and the Brain. What is the storyline of Black Widow going to be? As well as follow ups for Black Panther, Doctor Strange and now Spiderman (well done Sony and Marvel execs). Is the new generation going to lead Marvel into the 20’s with style, like a modern-day Charleston! Looking forward to the next Roaring Twenties!
What was a very good three-hour film could’ve been an awesome 2 and bit hour film. But that’s just being picky as it was a great ending to this stage of the Marvel story and to various characters storylines and the beginning of the next phase and other characters taking centre stage (a whole lot of spoilers avoided here!). And just like everyone else I googled who the lad was at the end. The whole thing gets a 15/20 for me but that final hour a 20/20.