It’s been 21 movies and 11 years. We’re in the Endgame, now. Spoiler-free Avengers: Endgame review – seriously, it’s spoiler-free! What you need to know before you head to the movies this week.
Guest Post by Rob Holliday and Seth Holliday
“We’re the Avengers; we can bust arms dealers all the live-long day but that up there…that’s…that’s the end game.”
- Tony Stark, Avengers: Age of Ultron
“We’re in the end game now.”
- Dr. Steven Strange, Avengers: Infinity War
In chess, the endgame is the stage of the game where few pieces remain, and each move counts. What remains on the board is crucial to victory. With the right pieces, victory can be had. Without them, defeat is inevitable.
This is where the remaining Avengers are left; can anything be done? Is there any hope to restore what Thanos snapped away? Are the remaining pieces enough? Are they?
Well… NO SPOILERS. Nope. Not giving a slight hint. Not even a tiny one.
But I will say this: it’s a very satisfying sequel.
Really? Is that all I can say? Because that would be lame. But so would spoilers. So here’s a go at my take (and Seth’s) of what the Russo brothers brought us this time.
Because last time – at Infinity War – the two of us thought: what could be so bad? I mean, all these people acting like the world ended.
We left just thinking, how could we enjoy Antman and Wasp when it came out? What good could possibly come from Captain Marvel?
Well, those movies are both great and were good stories along the way to Endgame. So if you haven’t seen them, you need to before Endgame. Seriously. It helps round out much of what you’ll need to understand going in. Do it. ‘Nuff said.
Avengers: Endgame Non-Spoiler Review What You Can Expect
You can expect all the same Marvel goodness that we’ve seen all along the way. The same multi-dimensional characters are here, but we even see a bit more deeply into who they are in the face of this universal tragedy.
They’re each on their own journey to move-on, but they’re the Avengers. They don’t move on. They Avenge.
But how do they do that now, in this half-gone universe?
In spite of what could have been a morose and melancholy movie, the Russo brothers direction, the brilliant screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and of course the story by the one and only Stan Lee and Jack Kirby all come together in a fun, emotional, exciting, movie that delivers on all levels.
It drew cheers, tears, clapping, and outright fun from the audience in our screening.
The actors deliver the same characters we’ve grown to know and love – there are serious moments as well as genius laugh-out-loud moments. I wasn’t sure how they’d pull off some humor, but they did and it fits seamlessly with all the other moments – touching, endearing, maddening, and poignant.
We get to see some unexpected faces as well as some ingeniously placed ones. Keep your eyes open in this one, there’s plenty to see. The visuals and effects are top-notch but not over the top; Marvel has that way of making even the most outlandish of events seems perfectly reasonable and not a figment of an over-enthusiastic and under talented CGI artist.
Overall, both Seth and I give it enthusiastic thumbs-up.
We were both a bit… nervous going in, if that’s the right word? I mean, the Russos took a page straight out of George R. R. Martin’s playbook last time, so we were guarded (don’t toy with our emotions, dammit!).
I wasn’t sure how the Russo brothers would answer the bell after Infinity War, but from my perspective, they answered it in the best way possible – they put it together as though they’d begun with the Endgame in mind.
Head over to noguiltfangirl.com for Patty’s Avengers: Endgame Parent Movie Review and her Endgame premiere red carpet experience! She’s also got the tips on when you can pee during Avengers: Endgame. You’re welcome.
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