Cinemaster Score: 9/10
In rankings of the MCU, it is arguably true that Avengers: Infinity War was up near the finest of films fan service-wise. That was, of course, before we witnessed the event film of our lifetime with Avengers: Endgame. Every scene, every moment, can be broken down and analyzed again and again as we marvel (pun intended) at the Russo brothers’ magical touch. We (the fans) are amazed by the thrilling plot that never lets up on its promise to bring the most satisfying conclusion to a franchise in history. The way it is written – with callbacks and Easter eggs filled to the brim within this three hour epic – is absolutely stirring and emotionally resonant. It aides to the connection we have to these amazing actors in Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and the remaining cast, who are at their peak acting abilities. They fill each character with complex emotion, humor, and reverence. All this, combines to make the most mystifying achievement in cinema we’ve ever seen – the ultimate culmination of all these heroes’ journeys and experiences. The final act will be looked at in the future as the best of the best in sheer superhero fan service and everything leading up to it as an emotional rollercoaster. Avengers: Endgame is up there with some of the best marvel movies ever made.
Acting; Avengers: Endgame has some of the best acting in the MCU by far, with every character feeling their most vulnerable. The standouts are clearly the starring duo of Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, who put in possibly their best performances in the whole series. Both get chances to show their range as actors, especially when the story gets more dramatic and emotional. Albeit, the acting is great across the board, it’s still hard to adjust to Brie Larson’s nigh unbearable cockiness as Captain Marvel. But, on the plus side she is much better here than she was in her solo film. Jeremy Renner and Scarlet Johansson are also stellar, adding a depth to their characters we haven’t seen before. So (as usual) this MCU film has tremendous acting, including some extraordinary performances.
Script; The Marvel Cinematic Universe to this point has grown steadily in the eleven years of buildup. Fortunately, that includes the writing behind each film. The script for Avengers: Endgame is perfect for the event behind the film. It is very thoughtfully written, especially when compared to any other MCU flick. First to mention are the Easter eggs. These brief references back to other films and iconic comic scenes are highly satisfying to both comic fans and those who have kept up with the esteemed Marvel franchise. The writing also keeps things simple within the complexity of situation. Confusing ideas and concepts introduced are explained well and don’t need too much outside information. Although, you can’t forget that Avengers: Endgame is written as the end of a saga. That in mind, the movie makes sure to tie down its loose ends and close any open arcs. Most importantly though, the film is written in a way that sets up its franchise’s future nicely.
Characters; In the MCU, we each have individuals we know and love. As of late, these characters have crossed over more often for bigger events. While more characters (especially superheroes) in one film can make it more entertaining and better, that doesn’t always have to be the case. In Avengers: Endgame there is only a fraction of the characters present as there is in its predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War. Each of the characters present in Avengers: Endgame are full and deep. They are at their most complex, interesting, dynamic, and emotional. Even some characters that never meant much to audiences feel so very important here. Despite that, there is an argument that Thanos is not as great as he was in Avengers: Infinity War. Sure, Thanos isn’t quite as amazing in Avengers: Endgame – he still is the top villain in the MCU nonetheless. Not to forget that Avengers: Infinity War truly was his movie whereas this is an “Avengers” film. Each character present is better than ever, just adding to the other phenomenal achievements this film has to offer.
Direction; Russo magic. That’s the only term one can use to describe what Joe and Anthony Russo do in this movie. They showed us their abilities in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and have progressively gotten better with each film. Avengers: Endgame is the Russo brothers at the absolute elite level of filmmaking – not only taking on the daunting task of juggling these characters, but ushering them into a new era of superhero cinema. Avengers: Endgame is a crowning achievement in the superhero world thanks in large part to these two visionaries. Their respect for source material, reverence for the iconic characters, and strong creative choices make this one of the best directed movies in the MCU. The Russos are geniuses and Avengers: Endgame is their magnum opus.
Story; Avengers: Endgame is the most satisfying superhero story put to screen, providing closure to every arc established in the past twenty-two MCU films. Some may call the first act slow, but that is not a negative, as it expertly builds up the narrative that will unfold throughout the movie. As it progresses, the film gets better and better with more twists, shocks, and callbacks than any other superhero movie so far. It takes any theories you may have and dismisses them completely, providing you a story you had no idea you wanted. It is complex, layered, and the most engaging of any in the genre. As it nears its end, Avengers: Endgame doesn’t lose steam. In fact, the finale is the best Marvel has provided yet, with the most emotional scenes in any superhero film ever. Avengers: Endgame’s branching narrative will be studied for years to come and its final act will be seen as peak superhero bliss. Avengers: Endgame’s plot is full of depth, heart, and countless memorable moments.
Enjoyment; Watching any piece of great cinema is a truly special and unique experience. They make us feel beyond ourselves in some form. A year prior to the release of Avengers: Endgame, we watched our heroes fall. The emotion that carried was heavy. Here with Avengers: Endgame is an uplifting experience of rising after the fall. As a fan of comics, the MCU, or just movies in general, it would be hard not to love and really have a great time during and after this film. Avengers: Endgame is a wild ride and a well-paced one at that. The comedy is there amongst the action. The entire movie is greatly impactful for audiences and the entire franchise at its base. There aren’t many things that take away from the overall enjoyment without being overly and unnecessarily nit-picky. Hype that collected for the twenty-second installment in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe was fully lived up to as well. To top off the high amounts of enjoyment from this film is a satisfying finale that closes the epic in a way some might not love, but all can appreciate.
David: “Personally, I can’t see Avengers: Endgame as a true masterpiece. I did get doubtful a bit in the early second act, though I was pleased to see the slower parts did turn into something. It is definitely up there on the top of the superhero genre. Avengers: Endgame – whether you are a fan of the franchise or not – is indisputably a new achievement for cinema that will surely be difficult to surpass as a phenomenal film.”
JP: “In my opinion, Avengers: Endgame is one of the best superhero movies I’ve ever seen – even more so than The Dark Knight. While, yes, The Dark Knight is a “better made” film, Avengers: Endgame is still the better experience. It made me laugh, cry, shout with joy, and reminisce – which is more than any other superhero movie has ever done to me. It is – plain and simple – a near-masterpiece, and the greatest conclusion ever crafted in the superhero medium.”