AVENGERS Endgame: by Jre Best

Fun, funny, tear-jerking those are the three terms that keep rolling around in my head when I think of Avengers Endgame. Avengers endgame is the much-anticipated ending/ celebration of Marvel’s last decade of success. It’s the direct follow-up to Avengers Infinity War, which famously ended with half of the Marvel universe vanishing into dust after the mad titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped his fingers after he finished creating the Infinity Gauntlet.

Avengers Endgame revolves around mostly the original Avengers cast plus some newer faces like Nebula (Karen Gillan), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) going on a cosmically scaled adventure to restore the universe to its proper state. Endgame is a very different movie

from any other installment in its series. The movie’s first act is more deliberately paced than your typical Marvel movie. But don’t mistake the slow-paced beginning for an uninteresting one because Endgame is a feverishly engaging movie. It uses its 3-hour run time well for a movie whose story is closer in structure to classic comic book events than any conventional movie structure.

This in large part is because of the actors; the performances in Marvel movies while rarely ever outright bad don’t often reach the levels of great and Endgame achieves that with the standout performances being Robert Downey Jr. and Karen Gillan for their portrayals of Tony Stark and nebula.

Robert Downey Jr’s performance as Iron Man has a world-weariness and gravitas to him that really sells the impact and importance of the events in this movie and being the first hero to come from the MCU he uses his connection with the audience brilliantly. Karen Gillan has always done great subtle work as Nebula in the Guardians’ movies but unfortunately couldn’t help but to be upstaged by the other more flamboyantly expressive characters in those films. Endgame put an unexpectedly big spotlight on the character and Karen takes to it like a leading star, don’t be shocked to see a lot more young girls with blue ball caps knocking on your door when Halloween rolls around.

This movie is a celebration of its own existence when I was watching it with my passionate theater crowd it felt like a going away party more than anything else, and as I said at the start we had our fun we had our laughs and we shed some tears. So, should you go see Avengers Endgame well, if you follow the MCU that’s an unquestionable yes; you owe it to yourself to see the end of the saga. But if you are a more casual fan who just wants to know if the sequel to Endgame lived up to all the hype, I honestly don’t know. What I do know is that you’re in for a wonderfully bizarre maybe at times it becomes a bit too convoluted wildly original film and if you’re anything like me that’s worth the price of admission alone.

Avengers Endgame: 8/10