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Avengers: Endgame

May 11, 2020

Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Director: Joe and Anthony Russo
Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans

Avengers: Endgame Live-Audience Reactions Will Make You Miss Theaters

Synopsis: The remaining Avengers go back in time to attempt to recover the infinity stones before Thanos was able to acquire them and annihilate half of all life forms on the planet.

Review: Avengers: Endgame utilises the medium of cinema, but I can’t exactly call it a film in the recognisable sense of the word. Martin Scorsese wasn’t far off when he likened it to the ethos of a theme park – not only in its juvenile visual aesthetic, but in the sense it caters for carefully cultivated consumer investment in a franchise as say a Disney fun park might.

For a viewer uninitiated to the Marvel saga (this is the 22nd, and culminating, film in its current run), not only the narrative but the whole language of Endgame, visually and dialogue-wise, must be indecipherable. Only the context of its position in the wider Marvel narrative, and the loyalty of its captive fanbase, permit the liberties taken with its baggy three-plus hours of running time. There are 65 minutes of, quite frankly, boring exposition that open up the film, the middle section is the episodic, anonymous action bonanza we saw in Infinity War, and for the last 30 minutes or so we conclude with some of the most self-regarding mythos-making yet seen in cinema. This isn’t the holocaust or the end of a world war, it’s a comic book film where a purple behemoth carrying seven brightly coloured gems was trying to destroy the planet! I wouldn’t have believed the breezy and tongue-in-cheek Avengers Assemble would evolve into such an odiously self-important endeavour a mere seven years later. (May 2020)


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