review by Bobby Blakey
When Marvel kicked off it’s cinematic universe back in 2008 with Iron Man no one could have expected to where it would be today. They took a major chance and it paid off big time. Now after 21 films we are finally heading into the end of the current story arc that has been built over these years with the aptly titled Avengers: Endgame. Could this film manage to top the insanity and heart ache of Infinity War and bring the conclusion fans are hoping for or should it disintegrate into dust like the rest of the heroes?
Avengers: Endgame follows up after the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe. As we all know now Infinity War left things in a pretty dark place with 50% wiped out fading to dust. This chapter picks up in the same area to get things going, before moving the story along in a whole new direction. I was impressed with the amount of different elements offered up this time around and how well they were brought together thanks to the long run time allowing them to do so. With a 3 hour window you would think it might wear thin after a bit, but I never found myself thinking about the time thanks to the great pacing and overall interesting elements that are on screen throughout.
This is a film that is really hard to review since almost anything you say could spoil something, so I am going to be pretty vague about most of it. There are so many great elements here and instead of just being a direct second part follow up to Infinity War, this one finally gets the two part film idea right and is its own thing completely. Where the last film is about the war we have been building to all these years, this one is dealing with not only the aftermath and revenge, but also the characters left behind and how they are coping with the
varying losses. This makes for more of a character study to these iconic characters while still making sure fans get the epic action and feel they want.
One of the biggest questions people have asked is if this conclusion to this 10 year story arc is worth it and the answer is a resounding yes. They have fully captured not only the end to this story, but managed to pay homage to the entire 10 year film franchise in some clever ways. Everyone in this film knocks it out of the park, but it’s Downey Jr. and Evans that really bring it home. Hemsworth gets to do some new things with Thor that were great to see and we finally get a more in depth amount of time with Johansson and Renner.
I have always maintained that Winter Soldier was my favorite Marvel movie to date, but this one has official surpassed it. This film fully lives up to its title in every way and brings plenty of heartache, laughs, emotion, fun and overall awesomeness like never before. The vastness of this film makes Infinity War feel small in comparison, but is small when it needs to be. This is the finale we needed to this first epic storyline while still building the future that Marvel has in store. Make sure to see this film on the biggest and loudest screen you can, but be sure to bring your tissues and think twice about the beverages since there is no good time for a bathroom break.
This release not only includes the epic film but bonus content including a gag reel, deleted scenes, commentary, director intro, a featurette tribute to Stan Lee and so much more. Join the final battle with Avengers: End Game available now on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere followed by a physical release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand beginning Aug. 13.