Over the past decade or so Marvel and Disney have introduced the audience to superhero films that have since become some of the highest grossing cinematic ventures ever. With a fan following that rivals any army, audiences throng to the cinema halls each time a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe releases. Now, after 22 films we finally see the release of the concluding chapter with AVENGERS: ENDGAME hitting screens. But how do you wrap up over a decade of stories, with twice as many films while tying up loose ends is the biggest task this week’s release faces. Will the new release that comes with immense hope and anticipation attached to it live up to expectations or will AVENGERS: ENDGAME be yet another CGI filled actioner is the question.
AVENGERS: ENDGAME starts off from where the chaotic events of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR left. After the snap, Earth’s mightiest heroes are left picking up the pieces of what remains following Thanos wiping out half of all life. The film details the mental anguish and trauma each character goes through, the loss they feel and cope up with and eventually them formulating a plan to turn back events. Will the arrival of Captain Marvel that was revealed in the previous film be the game changer? Will the Avengers who have survived ‘The Decimation’ be able to band together and save the day, or will a new evil threaten what remains on Earth is what forms the rest of the film.
Right from the word go, the viewer is plunged head first into the Avengers universe, detailing what remains after Thanos’ infamous snap that has been christened ‘The Decimation’. We learn how each of our favourite superheroes are dealing with the loss. But the film does not dwell upon this topic for long, from there on the viewer is taken on a chaotic ride filled with twists, plots and sub plots as the remaining Avengers conceptualize and execute a way to bring back the fallen. Though the runtime of AVENGERS: ENDGAME has been a point of ongoing discussion, the film which is over three hours long seems like a breeze. Not once does the film let the viewer know how much time has passed. In fact the film brings a sense of normalcy after the chaotic happening in INFINITY WAR, while keeping the viewer gripped.
Like any of the previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, if not the best is by far one among the best made films in a saga that has lasted for over a decade. A fitting conclusion to a 22 film build up that literally no one could have seen coming, the film is a perfect ode to a story that has entertained a generation. Be it writing, direction, acting or editing, each aspect has been dealt with excellence. Here, a special mention needs to be made for writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who have done a brilliant job with the character. Both Markus and McFeely understand each character and their relevant lines so well that they have managed to breathe life into their on screen renditions, while at the same time keeping in mind the happenings over the past 22 films to bring them all together in a fitting, gut-wrenching, emotional climax.
However, AVENGERS: ENDGAME isn’t perfect; the film does have its share of flaws coming in the form of confusing plots and sub-plots that intertwine with each other to create a confusing mesh of time travelling mashup all done to defeat Thanos. And here in lies some of the biggest loopholes, given the fact that the film has teased time travel with set photos finding their way to the internet. The big questions then arises is, how do the Avengers maintain the space-time continuum while skipping back in time to change events. Though it may not follow the beaten path as films based on time travel have in the past, ENDGAME sees its own laws of time travel unravel. While this certainly is entertaining to watch, fans might just be plagued with a few unanswered questions at the end.
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Coming to the performances in AVENGERS: ENDGAME, each of the cast members from Robert Downey Jr. to Scarlett Johansson, to Chris Evans, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo Chris Hemsworth and the others have done stellar jobs. Here, a special mention needs to be made for RDJ, who proves why he was the one Avenger who had the entire script of ENDGAME. Directors, Anthony and Joe Russo too have done a commendable job, as ending an era of films with a visual spectacle that entertains is no easy task. But the director duo has done exceedingly well to encompass the fandom and fan theories that have evolved over the years. With twists that keep you gripped and well executed action sequences that leave you in awe, AVENGERS: ENDGAME makes for a thrilling watch.
Along with a good story, excellent direction and flawless performances, AVENGERS: ENDGAME also features visually stunning CGI that has been woven into the live action sequences seamlessly. Besides this there is also the background score of the film that adds a whole new dimension to what is happening on screen. The well intoned notes and crescendos build up the proceedings for a thrilling climax. A special mention needs to be made about the editing of the film, which seamlessly merges past and present events while at the same time ensuring not to confuse the viewer.
On the whole, AVENGERS: ENDGAME is a fitting end to a journey that lasted over a decade. While the climax itself might leave viewers wanting more, the journey the film takes them on is an experience that will not be forgotten soon. A definite must watch roller coaster ride that will leave you speechless. At the box office, with shows running right through the night in some locations, and with an ardent fan following, AVENGERS: ENDGAME looks set to establish new box office records in India.