Title: Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Directed by: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Screenplay by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Based on: The Avengers by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Evangeline Lily, Tessa Thompson, Rene Russo, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Letitia Wright, John Slattery, Tilda Swinton, Jon Favreau, Hayley Atwell, Natalie Portman, Marisa Tomei, Taika Waititi, Angela Bassett, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, William Hurt, Cobie Smulders, Sean Gunn, Winston Duke, Linda Cardellini, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Ross Marquand, Lexi Rabe, and Stan Lee
Music by: Alan Silvestri
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 181 minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language
Production Company: Marvel Studios
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers—Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner—must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos—the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.
One of the biggest films that everyone is waiting in the year 2019 is perhaps Avengers: Endgame. After what happened in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), all fans are waiting for the sequel and so am I. Before there is Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studio have released Captain Marvel (2019) first because rumour has it that Captain Marvel will be joining the Avengers team in Avengers: Endgame. Everyone has been speculating that Captain Marvel will take major parts in defeating Thanos in this final Avengers film. I realise that I posted this review so late even though I have watched the film the second day it was released in Indonesia. I am trying to write as little as possible to avoid spoilers but since the film is that great, I am afraid that some points were considered as spoilers to the readers. I know I am super late for posting this review. I can say I was trying to avoid to give spoilers and give people time to watch it. However, that is not the case. I was just so busy with life. Therefore, I do apologise for posting so late. Without further ado, let’s talk about this epic film.
The story starts off with the continuation from Avengers: Infinity War. With what happened in the final, everyone is now trying to find solutions. Basically to undo what Thanos has done and got everyone back again. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it seems. One moment it seems easy, the other time it’s not. It’s like after giving such high hopes, the scriptwriters really pulled everything back to the ground and even under. Quite a story, really. They really played with the audiences’ emotion.
The relationship between the Avengers team is really put on test in this film. Like everything in life, we also say goodbyes to some characters as well. I will not say any name, but I think everyone knows by now. It is a very sad goodbye. My eyes got teary, though in my defence I can get teary quite easily. But seriously, it was touching.
Let’s talk about the cast. Avengers: Endgame perhaps the most star-studded films ever, because to be honest, everyone seems to show up in the film. Whether only for a few seconds or a few scenes, everyone did show up. In my review of Murder on the Orient Express (2017), I did write that the film is a galaxy of stars film. Well, until Avengers: Infinity War and especially Avengers: Endgame. Oscar nominees, Oscar winners, Golden Globe nominees, Golden Globe winners, you name it, they all there. Avengers: Endgame is really star-studded, even more than Avengers: Infinity War. Let’s face it, nearly all the characters showed up in this film. I will not discuss one by one how they act or portray the characters because let’s face it, after ten bloody years, everyone already knows how to be in their characters. Although not all have portrayed their characters for ten years, I don’t think I can comment them because they all have done a great job.
However, even though everybody is in the film, not everybody’s story was being told. The writers focused on the relationship and the story of the original Avengers. Yes, all the Avengers from The Avengers (2012), such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. Of course, there are some other heroes, but I can feel that the focus of the story is towards these characters. I will not describe how the actors and actresses portrayed their characters, because let’s face it, after all these years, they really have stucked with their characters. They did a very great job of portraying the characters.
The story is a different matter. Like I said, the story is great. It played the audiences’ emotion very well. The writers knew how to make the audiences feel happy, sad, angry, or tense. Like all Marvel films, Avengers: Endgame did not leave out any humour. It is part of any Marvel films. Despite the tense situation or scene, they found a way to slip in some humour to break the ice. I guess that is one of the plus points that Marvel films have. It does not entertain the audiences with only the stories but also the humour. How the writers chose to play each role for each character, thus balancing the story and all the characters, that was very cool. Of course, there are some flaws in the story. Some unanswered questions. No film is ever truly perfect without flaws and Avengers: Endgame is no exception. However, as an overall, Avengers: Endgame managed to deliver a very good and solid story. It is so huge. Some scenes even gave me chill.
Tony Stark: Mr. Rogers, I almost forgot, that suit did nothing for your ass.
Steve Rogers: No one asked you to look, Tony.
Tony Stark: It’s ridiculous.
Scott Lang: I think you look great, Cap. As far as I’m concerned, that’s America’s ass.
I am quite disappointed that Marvel decided to play the film for the second time in the theatres. If they really added some scenes that will complete the unanswered questions, I can understand. However, they showed us the unedited scenes and to me, that’s quite a meh. I don’t think it’s just me, but many people must have thought that this is only a way from Marvel to beat Avatar (2009) record as the highest-grossing film of all time because they cannot beat Avatar in a one time show. Surely Avatar also has done the same thing like Avengers: Endgame, but they added a well-prepared scene, not some unedited scenes put at the end of the film. That’s quite disappointing, I must say. However, you can disagree with me.
Some of my favourite characters came back, even though for a brief moment. I don’t have to name any name, because, in my last review, I already stated who are my favourite characters. We also lost some of my favourite characters as well. I will not say the name, but we all know who I meant. I was so sad about the scene. I think I cried during that scene—or my eyes went teary, I don’t even remember. But I remember I was super sad during the scene. Like he is one of my favourite characters in Marvel Universe, therefore it is very sad to say goodbye. Fortunately, the goodbye scene is pretty much fitting. That is why I will not protest much. Unlike when I watched Avengers: Infinity War during Loki’s scene. I protest so much that I hardly ever can move on until now.
“I love you 3000.” – Tony Stark
The CGI for this Avengers: Endgame is just marvellous. I mean, come on, that last scene is just epic and gave me goosebumps. Marvel Studio is no stranger with CGI, therefore, we can expect nothing but greatness. I really enjoy the whole story of the film. I don’t want to even criticise the CGI because I can’t even find any flaws. Even if there is any flaw, I have overlooked it because I enjoyed the overall scenes.
Combined with the right background songs, the scenes got bigger and thrilling. Of course, people sometimes forget or overheard the background songs because they were too focused on the scenes, the stories, and the narratives. But believe me, without the correct music, those scenes would never pull off. That is why background songs/music played an important role as well in the film. I think the music is so great that it enhanced the scenes and the stories of the film.
I like the character posters for Avengers: Endgame, even better than Avengers: Infinity War. They do say a lot about the film. However, I kind of questioning where is Agent Hill’s poster. I mean, she doesn’t appear much but she has been part of the Avengers film since the beginning. She has shown up in several Marvel films. She assisted Nick Fury for so many times. Is it because if she is put in the poster, the number became odd and therefore not balance with the alive characters’ poster? I don’t know. But I am a little bit disappointed. Only a little bit, though. I know the numbers of the characters who disappeared during the snap are much more than the alive, but still, it would be good if they appreciate the character of Agent Hill.
Overall, Avengers: Endgame is one of the must-see films of the year. I don’t recommend to watch the second version but if you are curious enough, then carry on. However, I am already satisfied with the very first version because the whole film is already perfectly finished. No unfinished scenes and such. The overall story is great. This is one hell of an epic superheroes film. Maybe not everyone will like it or perhaps will say it’s kind of overrated, but to me, Avengers: Endgame is really great and worth to watch after all.
I give Avengers: Endgame 9 out of 10 stars.