(Warning: mild spoilers ahead!)
Avengers: Endgame is possibly the biggest film of the decade. The culmination of 11 years and 21 films, it has already broken box-office records, including the highest opening day in Australia ever, making more than $10 million in one day! But does this epic blockbuster live up to the hype?
Avengers: Endgame picks up not long after the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, which saw the genocidal warlord Thanos (Josh Brolin), use the infinity stones to wipe out half of all life in the universe and leave Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) stranded in space. They are rescued by Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) and returned to Earth, reuniting them with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and James Rhodes (Don Cheadle). With the team reunited, they set about finding Thanos and retrieving the infinity stones, planning to use them to resurrect those he killed.
But when their victory is snatched from them, our heroes are forced to accept a horrifying world where they lost and failed to save the lives of trillions.
The first act is almost unrelentingly bleak and hopeless. Our grieving characters are lost in a sea of misery, unable to cope with their survivor’s guilt and their failure to stop Thanos. But this depressing tone is quickly dropped when hope arrives in the form of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who proposes using time-travel to collect all the infinity Stones before Thanos does and use them to restore those who were lost. This is where the film switches gears from being a dour grief drama to a wildly entertaining time-travelling adventure.
And with an amazing final battle which brings together almost every character in the Marvel cinematic universe, the last hour of Avengers: Endgame is pure cinematic ecstasy, overflowing with flawless fan service and tear-jerking farewells to beloved characters.
And whilst the plot-hole ridden script might be problematic, Avengers: Endgame succeeds where it matters, delivering an emotionally satisfying conclusion to the stories of the characters we have grown to love over the course of 11 years.
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Reviewed by Jordan Ellis