Gonger Reviews: Avengers: Endgame
Avengers End the game…
…of spoiler hysteria. Ok, not.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Starring: friggin everybody.
Synopsis: I don’t know! A lot of things! Antman plans a time heist, Nebula kills herself, Black Widow kills herself and Ironman kills himself. Lots of suicide in this one. Should have called it Suicide Squad... What!? Oh yeah they already have one like that.
Writing: I’d say there are some solid moments in this flick that would warm the very blackest of the heart. Unfortunately, my heart is composed of black stuff and dark zone (very few Christmas gifts for me as a child) so I found these moments extremely boring! It’s a three hour movie that could be covered in two, let’s get real! Ah, but it does need resolution and as Infinity War didn’t give the characters enough time to develop, Endgame does and I respect that. I did want more action from this mammoth flick though and less feeling sorry for the heroes. I’m going to give it 1/2. Half good/Half boring.
F/X: What an improvement from Infinity War! I saw it in 3-D and although my eyes got used to the spectacle quickly there are some epic visuals in this flick. No weight issues that I witnessed with the CGI either. They really pulled out the stops and put there money where their mouth is on this one. I would have liked to see something new though. Something to push the envelop a little because it seemed they where just polishing off some old tricks. I like old tricks though.
Cinematography: I think I’ve written about Marvel movies being very formulaic when it comes to technical aspects and most of the flicks come out looking the same. This flick has that feel but to say its following the formula would be a disservice to the work Trent Opaloch put in. He’s an action cinematographer and he is good at it, I can not deny. He bends the rules but doesn’t break them and that gives the flick a visual flavour. He steps up the game too and gives us these stunning portrait shots. You could freeze frame some of this stuff and hang it on your wall, you pretentious nerd. Ha ha! Yeah it looks good though.
Acting: So this flick is kind of a downer and really it’s no surprise. It is the end of an era and for some characters it’s the final curtain. All-in-all the acting is just great. Well thought out character work gives life to the story so let’s celebrate some highlights. It looks RDJ is calling it quits after this one. Nobody truly dies in these flicks but I think he’s done and he finishes with the same energy he brought to the first Ironman picture. He really started this whole thing up way back when and if it wasn’t for his success we wouldn’t be here today. Chris Evans is carefree as Captain America and brings levity to the role which I thought was a nice change to his normal brooding. He is the heart of the flick. Karen Gillan’s Nebula is on-point in this flick and I felt was the true star of the film. She gets all the good story beats, there is a sadness to the character that Gillan just nails. That was the journey for me.
Directing: What a task! The Russo’s somehow hold this monster together. Ultimately I think this Infinity arc should have been a trilogy. That would have given them more room to explore the story and give some more interesting plot. That said, it was a well directed movie. The parts that work tend to work really well and the parts that don’t seem to fumble into position ok. I think the choices made are meaningful and that’s what this flick is all about, being meaningful. They wanted to give the fans an ending to remember and I respect that. I would say it lacked innovation but that was not the intent. They knew what they set out to make and I think they succeeded. I’d like to see the Russo’s do something different, though, as they are very versatile. Let’s give ‘em a 1.5/2 because they earned it!
7.5/10 same old same old but sometimes thats ok.