Endgame Review

Avengers: Endgame rocked the planet when it debuted worldwide on April 22nd of 2019. According to Disney, who owns Marvel Studios, Endgame made $1.2 Billion on its opening weekend worldwide, with over $350 million of this in the US and Canada alone.

Nate Southcott

Avengers: Endgame rocked the planet when it debuted worldwide on April 22nd of 2019. According to Disney, who owns Marvel Studios, Endgame made $1.2 Billion on its opening weekend worldwide, with over $350 million of this in the US and Canada alone.

Sam Risser

Ending a 22-film, 11-year saga that began with Iron Man in 2008, Avengers: Endgame wowed crowds across the planet when it debuted on April 22nd, 2019.  Longtime fans everywhere had eagerly anticipated its release for almost half a year after it was announced, and it’s safe to say that upon its release it was a resounding success. 

According to Forbes, the film has easily broken numerous records internationally, quickly becoming the second-highest grossing movie ever, at $2.694 Billion, in just shy of 2 months, looming ominously over 2009 release Avatar’s record of $2.787 Billion.  Endgame has proven itself to be a box office juggernaut that won’t soon be forgotten under the folds of time.  

However, was the movie up to the ever-increasing standards of its viewers?  In what aspects of its production and screenplay could its makers have improved upon before release?  Most of all, is it worth your time and money to give it a watch (or a rewatch)? 

Overall, the movie had significantly above average critical acclaim across all main platforms.  The International Movie Database (IMDb) compiled an average score of 8.8/10 for the movie out of over 400,000 people who watched internationally.  This matches up with Rotten Tomatoes’ scores of 94% and 88%, which correspond with critic reviews and an average audience score respectively. Reviewers using Metacritic were a bit more conservative when doling out points, but still gave it a solid average of 78%. 

As always, a vocal minority has spoken out against the movie, citing complaints ranging from the movie’s long run time to the fact that it doesn’t function well as a stand-alone film.  More experienced movie gurus have also voiced complaints about Endgame’s use of time travel, due to it being an overused trope, as well as its heavy use of clips from previous installments in the MCU, making aspects of production seem lazy.  However, these complaints are few and far between, and the film continues to garner overwhelming positive support. 

Regarding aspects of the film progression itself, there were many things that the film’s makers knocked out of the park, but there were also many things that could’ve been improved on. After all, no amount of audience satisfaction can ever ‘perfect’ a film. Starting with obvious praise, the production and editing quality of the final product was flawless. Watching the film on the big screen, even without the added effects of viewing in IMAX or 3D, was an absolute treat to the eyes, and audiences will undoubtedly find themselves enraptured by images of immense scale, whether this be a full view of Thanos’ army or a drone shot of ‘post-snap’, or dystopian, New York City.  The soundtrack was amazing, much of it paying homage to the original Avengers theme used in the first 2012 installment.  Sitting in the theater, it feels as if the events of the movie are playing out around you, and with the incredible use of all sorts of different cinematic shots, it’s truly a magical experience; akin to that of riding on a roller coaster.  

However, the film did have its shortcomings, which had to do largely with the film’s plot and storytelling.  With such a large, star-studded cast containing over three dozen major characters, it was almost impossible for actors and directors to convey any significant amount of character development for anyone, save Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man (Played by Robert Downey Jr.), and Captain America (Played by Chris Evans). Even with the three-hour run time of the movie, many characters who had major parts in their own film installments in the Marvel Comics Universe (MCU) seemed to lack personality, which is something that may disappoint people up until the movie’s dramatic ending. 

The film also has an abundance of references to adult topics, such as mental illness, sex, drug use, and violence.  The film utilizes these themes in an indirect fashion for much of the time and disperses them evenly throughout the movie; however, it’s good to keep in mind that the film is still PG-13 and may not be suitable for younger viewers. 

Overall, Avengers: Endgame is a must-see for any follower of the MCU, as it ties 11 years worth of storytelling together with a nail-biting climax and an emotional ending. This film has, and will continue to, make waves across society for years to come, and will undoubtedly be a reference point for today’s culture in the future.  The movie is definitely worth the extra few bucks towards a 3D and/or an IMAX showing, as well as time invested watching any previous installments in the MCU.  Avengers: Endgame is a fantastic movie, delighting fans old and new to the franchise.  Regardless of your background, you’ll love it… 3000.