Marvel Studios Avengers Endgame is littered with epic call-backs
Marvel Studios Avengers Endgame is littered with epic call-backs

AVENGERS ENDGAME. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner.

THERESA SMITH reviews

Well. That was not what I expected. And, I think I love it all the more for it.

Take every preconceived notion you had about where this Avengers 3.2 was going and toss it. This is not going to turn out the way you think. Still, the whole thing is total fan-service of the highest order.

Detailed Avengers Endgame

From the non-bombastic, yet affecting score to the sombre tone, everything about this film just messes with your head, and that’s just in the first 20 minutes.

This Avengers movie is named Endgame not just because the band of superheroes want to put an end to the big bad that is Thanos (Brolin), but because this a capstone of sorts to a saga 22 films deep.

It is extremely detailed, with no wasted scenes (so be careful with that cold drink because there is no good place to dart out for a toilet break), which cries for multiple screenings to get the full picture.

The film is littered with epic call-backs that have been years in the making and some deliciously snide (visual and spoken) jokes for when the mood threatens to slide into gloom.

Still, there is fair amount of gloom and doom to go around.

After Avengers Infinity War

The film picks up immediately after Avengers: Infinity War with our remaining heroes reeling from their defeat at the hand of Thanos. We get a glimpse of how humans respond to a world in which literally 50% of all life has been deleted, and through Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) we understand a bit of what is happening in the rest of the galaxy.

The remaining superheroes of course are the first ones we meet – the basic Avenger team of Iron Man (Downey Jr), Black Widow (Johansson), Hawkeye (Renner), Thor (Hemsworth), Captain America (Evans) and Hulk (Ruffalo).

Each responds to the upending of their world, and basically their very definition of self, in a way that makes sense to the viewer because we have seen their characters grow over multiple movies. There is enough regret, denial, rage and fatalism going around to bury anyone, so when supposedly dead Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) unexpectedly pops up at the Avengers HQ gates (oh calm down, that isn’t a spoiler, it’s been in the trailer since the get-go) that glimmer of hope is what is needed to galvanise the old team.

How they set about trying to right their wrongs is what furthers the plot of the film and while this creates a plot hole paradox, that too fits right into the comic book mode because what else is the next generation to do other than fix this generation’s inadvertent mistake from that time they tried to save the universe.

Cue crazy science, carefully laid down plans that get up-ended at the opening of a door, unexpected reprieves and sacrifices, an epic last-stand battle and enough emotional spillage to turn your popcorn salty.

This is not the Avengers movie we thought we were asking for, but it is the one the characters deserve. An unexpected emotional roller coaster with lots of heart and enough brawn to match.

And no post-credit scene, so just let that go already.

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Avengers Endgame review: Theresa Smith
Avengers Endgame South Africa release date: Friday 26 April 2019
Genre: Superhero, Action, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Adventure
Avengers Endgame running time: 183 min | 10–12PG D L V
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