Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Starring Brie Larson, Robert Downey Jr., Karen Gillan, Tessa Thompson


With the weight of the franchise, all the characters, and the complicated plotlines, the Russo brothers did a phenomenal job tying everything together and coming up with a story that made sense and was fun to watch. The plot relied on some time travel trickery, but I guess we knew it needed to somehow. All in all, it was an engaging story.

My favorite thing about this film might be the truly somber, dramatic feel in several of the slow-moving scenes. The despair at the beginning and sadness of Tony Starks’ funeral had real dramatic weight, causing several sniffles in the theater. We haven’t really seen anything this heavy in the Marvel movies, and it works. It’s a wonderful contract to the dazzling action.

Can’t say anything about the cast and characters that hasn’t already been said. Great job all around. Thor looking like Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski was easy humor, but it worked. Pepper Potts in an iron suit was pretty great. Loved seeing Hiroyuki Sanada, something really cool about him. Lee’s cameo caused the audience to cheer. Pains me to say this, but I’m not sure I buy Brie Larson as a good actress.

The fact that they were able to keep the entire cast (with the exception of the Terrence Howard/Don Cheadle swap) together for the duration of the 22 MCU movies gives the franchise an amazing sense of continuity.

From an emaciated Tony Stark to Thor wearing a fat suit to Steve Rogers with the most authentic old man make-up I’ve ever seen, really impressive job with the physical transformations. It all looked so real. I thought that a bolt of lightning would have struck Thor and reverted him back to his bad-ass former self, but they just threw armor over his belly. Good stuff. The lightning DID give him a braided beard that looked pretty damn cool, though. Even the young Michael Douglas was pretty good. Looks like Renner has stopped working out, though.

How has Banner/Hulk become this stable hybrid character? I missed that along the way somewhere.

Last 30 minutes of action are fantastic. Effects are flawless, 3D is engaging and not gratuitous. When Captain America picked up Thor’s hammer, the theater erupted. Loved the subtle feminist battle scene with Captain Marvel and all the other women of the MCU.

Loved the viral campaign efforts by the Russo brothers to stop spoilers. Spoiler-free viewings of big films like this definitely add to the enjoyment.

And let’s give credit to all the other directors who were able to weave all of these convoluted storylines together in a way that not only made sense but was entertaining. With a few exceptions, they did a great job keeping character and tone and style consistent from film to film.

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