Sunday, April 28, 2019

"Avengers Endgame" Review

"Avengers Endgame" Review

Ok - So when we saw Avengers Infinity War we didn't know that it was Part 1 of 2.  When it ended, we were like "WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!?!?!?!?!" Today we saw "Avengers Endgame" and it all made more sense.

It is a fitting ending to a huge adventure.

It's rated PG-13 for mild language and some violence.

I give it a 10 out of 10

Keep reading to see more - I promise NO SPOILERS!

Before seeing "Infinity War", Chris and I watched all 20 movies in the order they were released.  It was great to get reacquainted with characters we had been watching for the previous 10 years.

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I realized that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is my favorite Marvel character.  I love his snarky attitude and jokes, and watching him go from a character who thought he could do no wrong, and who didn't have much of a heart, to a character who acknowledges his flaws, is loyal to his friends, and whose heart has grown several sizes since the beginning.  I can understand why Pepper Potts loves him.  And why she also gives him a hard time. He needs it!

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And Loki (Tom Hiddleston).  I LOVE Loki!!!  I love him.  He has that great impish grin.  You know he's a bad guy.  For the most part.  But he's so good at it!  I love watching him - with that smile.

To prepare for "Endgame", I went into bit of a bubble for 2 days - no social media, no live tv and no talking to people! - so I wouldn't hear anything at all about the movie.  It was hard, but I'm glad I did it.  I still heard a couple of things, but not as many as I could have.  I will not share those with you!  You're welcome!

It's exciting to get to go see a movie that is more like an event.  It doesn't happen much anymore, but this was definitely an event!  It's a bonding thing - "Have you seen it?  What did you think?"  It's awesome to get to be part of something like this.  And it's especially awesome when it is actually good.  Or great.  Or amazing.  Whichever word you want to use to describe it.  :)

Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios and producer of the MCU movies, should teach a Master Class about successful movie franchises.  What Marvel has accomplished, what he has accomplished, is nothing short of amazing.  It took so much coordination to make all 22 movies fit together so well.  No one has ever done that before.  There are many great franchises out there - Star Wars, James Bond, Indiana Jones, etc - but none of them have accomplished what Marvel has.  The movies work together, like puzzle pieces - each piece can stand alone and also fits into the whole.  And almost all of the 22 movies are great movies.  That took major talent to coordinate all of these people - cast and crew - and to oversee them all and keep the continuity going.  I'd take the class if he taught it!

"Endgame" starts exactly where "Infinity War" left off.  We see the after effects immediately.  And then we watch the team members that are left - Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Antman (Paul Rudd), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Nebula (Karen Gillan), War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) figure out how to deal with their new reality.  And work on a new plan to defeat Thanos (Josh Brolin) and bring back the people who turned to dust and blew away in "Infinity War".

It starts off with a very subdued song over the Marvel logo and the scene with Nebula and Tony Stark.  Not the rocking, "rile you up"music they usually play.  It sets the tone for how the characters are feeling at the beginning.  It's a song by Traffic from 1967, during the Vietnam War, called Dear Mr. Fantasy.  It starts with: "Dear Mister Fantasy play us a tune.  Something to make us all happy. Do anything to take us out of this gloom".    And gloom is absolutely what you feel.  It was a fitting beginning.

There is quite a bit of mild profanity in this movie.  The most of any of the Marvel movies so far.  It's not hugely excessive, but it is there.  If you're taking kids, you need to be aware of it.

It was great to see Stan Lee in a cameo one last time!  And it's fitting for "Endgame" to have his final cameo.

It's very hard to say much about the film, without giving anything away.  I don't want to give any spoilers.  But I will say that I really enjoyed it.  I'm planning to go see it again soon.  It was a satisfying ending.  Just like real life, not everything can be tied up in a pretty pink ribbon.  But it felt authentic and real for the sake of the universe they've created.  And now we move to the next phase of the MCU.  The first phase was fantastic!  I'm looking forward to more!

THERE IS NO ENDING CREDITS SCENE!  When the credits begin to roll, the movie is over. However, there is a sound effect of clanging metal when you see the Marvel logo after the credits have rolled.  I've heard it's from the first MCU movie - "Iron Man" - when Tony is forging the metal for his first suit of armor.  There are a few other possibilities, but it makes sense to go full circle when ending this phase of the MCU to use a sound from the first movie.

Some of my favorite quotes. I won't say who says them - I don't want to spoil anything for you!

"Very practical, only a tiny bit sadistic." (describing a person)
"The future hasn't been kind to you, has it?"
"I am inevitable."
"Idiot?  No.  Failure?  Absolutely."
"I don't judge people by their worst mistakes."

"You look like melted ice cream." - one of the funniest!

My favorite:
"I love you 3000."

Who is your favorite MCU character?  Thor?  Hulk?  Captain America?  Hawkeye?  Spiderman?  Or someone else?  Post your answer in the comments!

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