Apr 26, 2019
My wife told me that I had to write a review for “Avengers: Endgame.” With a big Hollywood tentpole movie like the final film in Marvel’s Infinity Saga, many critics aren’t given opportunities to view the movie in advance. I had to purchase a ticket like everybody else. Keeping all of this in mind, I told my wife that it would be very difficult to write a review for a film and to get it in within a reasonable amount of time.
What I didn’t realize is that this task would be near impossible, given the fact that I can’t talk about any spoilers.
There has been a major push to avoid spoilers with this film. About two weeks ago, there was a report of a leak, revealing a crucial part of the film. Friends of mine abandoned the Internet. It was a mass exodus. I can’t say that I blamed them. I refused to read anything about “Avengers: Endgame” except for the early review summaries. It was an odd time to be a nerd.
I understand why the Russos, the directors of the film, put out a message to Marvel fans worldwide to avoid spoilers. The film is one giant spoiler. Anything I really say about the film is really teetering on making the movie-going experience somehow lesser. Could the movie be enjoyed with some knowledge of what was going to happen? Definitely. I try not to hype movies up too much, but “Avengers: Endgame” is a triumph in every sense of the term. Cinematically, it feels on a scale that I haven’t seen a superhero movie really attempt.
But going into the movie without spoilers? That’s the real goal. For most of the viewing audience, this should be pretty easy. As much as this is a triumph for the Russo brothers and Marvel Studios, I don’t think that I’ve ever been so impressed by a marketing push before. Everything that is in the trailers is either vague enough or somewhat misleading. “Avengers: Endgame” is a masterclass at misdirection. Whenever people expect the movie to turn left, it turns right. Every time the movie changes the stakes, it goes all that much further with the next gambit.
It’s funny, yet bleak. It’s dramatic, yet light. The characters are well-written and the scenes are well-shot.
But this shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I know that many people don’t necessarily care for the Marvel movies, but they have a wide and impressive fanbase. “Avengers: Endgame” feels like the perfect cap on one very long and impressive storyline. It feels like the best series finale that I have ever seen. The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t even over; it is simply shifting to another storyline.
As an aside, I want to mention that there are some themes in those film that will be especially interesting to Catholics. But I can’t really talk about them. Sorry. Spoilers.