Rating (3 out of 5)
Summary: I am delighted to have watched “Endgame” in the theater and relieved that it is finally done. “Endgame” doesn’t offer anything new to the audience but entertains. The downside of “Endgame” was the pervasive sentimentality. This prolonged the movie and the reason for the movie’s lengthy running time at 3 hours. If you are a fan of the previous Marvel films, then “Endgame” is sure to please.
Plot: After losing dramatically 5 years ago to Thanos, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) returns from the quantum realm. He has an idea of how to use the quantum realm to time travel and restore the people lost.
Detail: The movie is light on humor, but when present the film hummed. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Ant-Man are great and probably my favorite characters. I have the exact opposite feeling for Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain Avenger (Chris Evans); pain in the asses, who spend too much time preaching and slowing down the movie. Although, the fun Captain America returned for a little bit in New York, which was refreshing.
“Endgame” has a “getting the band back together” section, which I tend to enjoy. Finding Thor and Hawkeye were good scenes. However, I would have liked a training/recovery section for Thor.
Parts of the leap back in time were fun and entertaining. Their antics in the Avengers tower during the battle in New York made us all laugh. I enjoyed the conversation between Hulk and The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) as they discussed the infinity stones and the plan.
This is countered with the sentimentality of when Captain America and Tony Stark go back to the army base in 1970. Tony has a moment with his father and Captain America sees his old flame, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Had this trip had the same tongue and check antics as New York, the movie would be 10 minutes shorter and better for it.
The final chaotic fight scene is decent and along the lines of “Infinity War.” There was an overly dramatic moment when all the women line up on the battlefield together which wasn’t required. I admire Marvel for including numerous strong female characters but I didn’t appreciate pounding me over the head with the fact.
The wrap-up scenes were overly sentimental but permissible since you are closing out 10 years of storylines. There were sniffles from others in the audience, so it is probably just heartless me who feels this way.
SPOILER!! The simplicity of how they defeat Thanos soured me on the film. The team expends time and care to carefully place the stones in the first glove. Now when Ironman is fighting Thanos, he can instantly
Black Widow died honorably and preserves the timeline. Captain America replaces the stones into the timeline and remains back in time to be with his girl. Why couldn’t have Ironman battled for an infinity stone and battle Thanos, and as he is barely alive, return to our timeline. Now that would have been heroic but guess we needed the spectacular action in the end.