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Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame

Banners: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney

Studios Motion Pictures

Producer: Kevin Fiege

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Brie Larson, Josh Brolin

Writers: Christopher Marcus, Stephen McFeely

Music: Alan Silvestri

When you decide to end a journey that has lasted over 10 years and 22 films, you had better make sure the finale is one for the books. And the Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony, have made sure the Avengers franchise finishes with the mother of all bangs.

After the jaw-dropping conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War, where the uber-villain Thanos snaps his fingers and makes half the universe disappear, fans of the Marvel Comics Universe (MCU) had many theories as to how the still living original six Avengers would right the wrongs here. The story of this film revolves around this plot.

The original Avengers come together along with their latest addition, Captain Marvel, to devise a scheme that is difficult to put down on paper. Since even revealing the basic plot would mean giving out spoilers, all we can say is that rest assured the path the Avengers choose will take you on one of the most thrilling movie experiences of your life.

The film has a complex storyline mixing past, present and future but the writing by Christopher Marcus and Stephen McFeely makes sure you are at on the edge of your seat throughout the three-hour saga. Every character and their individual back stories as well as their dynamic with the group are intricately woven together, with an eye for the tiniest details. The vision (not the one with the stone) of the directors is huge. They have masterfully not only brought these diverse storylines together but also managed to add new nuances to every scene.

We all know that MCU movies have a strong comic flavour. In Avengers: Endgame, the makers make sure that this humour lightens even the most dramatic scenes and there many of these.

The cinematography by Trent Opaloch is astounding, whether he is capturing the darkness of space or the deserted Earth below. This is backed by Jeffery Ford and Matthew Schmidt’s crisp editing as they manage to form a linear narrative, holding together all the different sub-plots.

Music man Alan Silvestri deserves applause for the background score and how he has customised the tracks to every character and their background, especially in the epilogue.

Now for the biggest USP of the film – action. If you think the climax fights of all the Avenger films were thrilling, then this one will blow your mind. The coming together of the new and the old, the mother of all battles unfolds here and the expanse alone will shock you. There are moments that make your heart skip a beat and then there are those which force you to hoot and whistle.

The ultimate fight is backed by beautifully crafted special effects. The VFX seems so seamless and it blends with the storyline so finely that you very easily buy into the world that the Russo brothers create. And, yes, the 3D experience adds to the grandeur.

This film is a perfect ode to not only the members of MCU but also fans that have been waiting for this epic moment. The directors make sure they live up to all the audience expectations, and trump out all the crazy fan theories with an even crazier fantasy-realism that the film holds. There is not a second of Avengers: Endgame that you can miss but what you can skip are the end credits because this is the first time in MCU history that there is no intriguing scene at the end.

Performance-wise, whether in space or on Earth, Robert Downey Jr has the most commanding presence of all Avengers films as Tony Stark and his superhero avatar Iron Man. The actor quips the most humourous lines and, at the same time, manages to bring gravitas to his character. Chris Evans as the always slightly uptight Captain America resumes his role as the conscience of the group. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor returns in a form that is likely to shock everyone but he still exudes his ‘lightning’ charm when needed, if you know what we mean.

And speaking of shocking changes, Mark Ruffalo, whose alter ego is The Hulk, is sure to give you a jolt. Scarlett Johansson brings out the emotional side of Black Widow as she goes through some major decisions. Jeremy Renner as Hawk Eye enters this final chapter like a man on a mission. Don Cheadle as War Machine is great. Then we have Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, who became a game-changer for this show. And then, finally, there is Josh Brolin as the ultimate villain, Thanos, who may or may not snap his fingers again.

Verdict: All Time Blockbuster!

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