‘Avengers: Endgame’ – a pretty darn good movie from Marvel

By Eleanor Ringel Cater

There isn’t enough Loki.

In fact, there is maybe, at most, 45 seconds of Loki.

“Avengers: Endgame” is, in every way, Loki deficient.

Otherwise, it’s a pretty darn good movie.

Allow me to make clear where I stand on the MCU (Marvel Comic Universe). I like it. On occasion, I even love it. However, what I like/love the most about it is how it respects and enjoys its fans. (It was true of the comics, too, which I read fairly religiously in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.)

Avengers: Endgame

A poster for “Avengers: Endgame”

Anyway, as most of us already know, “Avengers: Endgame” is the follow-up/finale to last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” in which the looming villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped his fingers and destroyed half the planet’s population.

His half-baked strategy: less humans would be a lot better for the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the birds up above and everything else.

As far as our coalition of superheroes was concerned, that meant we lost everyone from Black Panther to Dr. Strange to Spider-Man.

‘Nuff said.

“Avengers: Endgame” begins with a bucolic Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) family picnic. Then…snap…Hawkeye looks around and his wife and kids have disappeared. Meanwhile, up in space, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) has enough oxygen to last him one more day. Spoiler Alert: he is rescued by a very powerful recent addition to the MCU.

The movie flashes forward five years to see how other Avenger survivors are dealing with life after the Thanos snap.

They include: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) who’s gone Big Lebowski in a big way (think beer belly and belching); a still wise-cracking Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper); Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) who…I haven’t the slightest idea; a revamped Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) who, having figured out how to stay huge and green but keep his wits about him, is now a kind of jolly green giant; and Captain America (Chris Evans) who seems more at a loss than ever.

Avengers: Endgame

A poster of “Avengers: Endgame”

What to do? Well, the key is provided by Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), not officially an Avenger, but ready with a change-it-all time travel idea that provides the movie’s next two hours.

I mention that because “Avengers: Endgame” is a three-hour movie (that’s edging toward “Lawrence of Arabia” territory). Yet it never feels long or filler-filled, which is a lot harder to do than you’d think. To filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo’s credit, they even dare to start with almost an hour’s worth of quiet as our grief-stricken superheroes regroup and try to figure out what to do next…if anything.

If you are a fan, I can’t imagine you not being thrilled and eager to see it a time or two more. If you’re not, my guess is, you’ll still enjoy yourself.

Perhaps Thanos himself puts it best: “I am inevitable”

So is “Avengers: Endgame.” And its record-breaking, billion-dollar opening.

 

Eleanor Ringel, Movie Critic, was the film critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for almost 30 years. She was nominated multiple times for a Pulitzer Prize. She won the Best of Cox Critic, IMAGE Film & Video and Women In Film awards. An Atlanta native, she graduated from Westminster and Brown University. She was the critic on WXIA’s Noonday, a member of Entertainment Weekly's Critics Grid and wrote TV Guide’s movie/DVD. She is member of the National Society of Film Critics and currently talks about movies on WMLB and writes the Time Out column for the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

1 reply
  1. Avatar
    Brian says:

    There are so many characters that I think they forgot Loki and Vision.

    I was anticipating the entry of characters and lost track of MU and DC characters.Report

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.