Review of “Avengers: Endgame” (2019)

trailer from YouTube:
It tells you nothing about the movie, but the pics are interesting.

Because Svengoolie was a rerun this week, we turned to a more contemporary movie, one with a lot—a LOT—of booms and chastely covered boobs projecting all over the place.

Judging by the destruction they leave in their wake, it’s a good thing superheroes exist only in places like comic books and movie screens. But I digress.

Plot:

This is part two of a story arc involving Thanos (Josh Brolin), a powerful destructive Titan. In the proceeding film Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Thanos acquired the six Infinity Stones, mounted them in a gauntlet, snapped his fingers, and wiped out half the living beings in the universe. He thought life would be better that way.

This movie begins roughly five years later. A rat steps on a lever on a machine in a van in a storage garage, releasing Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) from the quantum universe that’s trapped him. He missed “The Blip,” the wiping out of life. The time he spent in the quantum universe appears to him more like hours than five years and has convinced him that time travel is possible. By the way, he’s hungry.

So, all the (surviving) Avengers have to do is get the band back together, go back in time, and find the Infinity Stones before Thanos does. After they kill Thanos, they return them where they found them.

Yeah, it’ll be difficult, but what could go wrong?

Thoughts:

There are a lot of characters in the movie, drawing in characters from The Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his crew, and characters from Black Panther, among others. Understandably most have suffered trauma from the Blip. After Asgard was destroyed, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) set up shop in Norway in New Asgard. He took up video games and beer—lots of beer. A prominent beer belly and alcoholism soon followed. Now he’s got to keep it together long enough to retrieve an Infinity Stone.

An exception to the rule is Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), who are happily and comfortably married with a little girl. Tony wants nothing more to do with the Avengers. When asked, he says even if time travel is possible, it will not affect the present. It will merely branch off to create another reality elsewhere.

At three hours, this is a long movie. Each character has to work through whatever they are going through to join the effort and solve the riddle of time travel (not without some humor) before the Avengers can even leave to find the Infinity Stones. One, the Soul Stone, comes at a great price. (Gads, didn’t these people watch the last movie? Thanos left his daughter dead there.)

An unforeseen hitch develops regarding a character, making things interesting.

With the long runtime, the huge cast, and so many things going BOOM, it may not be too surprising that the movie had an estimated budget of $356–400 million, making it one of the most expensive films ever made, according to Wikipedia.

As for liking it, I must confess this is not one of my favorites. It was entertaining but formulaic. I enjoyed the bits of humor and the ironic observation: After destroying half the life in the universe, Thanos retires to an idyllic planet to enjoy himself—the country gentleman.

I also liked the snippets of old music played: Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” The Kinks’ “Supersonic Rocketship,” The Rolling Stones’ “Doom and Gloom,” and Steppenwolf’s “Hey Lawdy Mama.”



Title: Avengers: Endgame

Directed by
Anthony Russo
Joe Russo

Writing Credits
Christopher Markus…(screenplay by) &
Stephen McFeely…(screenplay by)
Stan Lee…(based on the Marvel comics by) and
Jack Kirby…(based on the Marvel comics by)
Joe Simon…(Captain America created by) and
Jack Kirby…(Captain America created by)
Steve Englehart…(Star-Lord created by) and
Steve Gan…(Star-Lord created by)
Bill Mantlo…(Rocket Raccoon created by) and
Keith Giffen…(Rocket Raccoon created by)
Jim Starlin…(Thanos, Gamora & Drax created by)
Stan Lee…(Groot created by) and
Larry Lieber…(Groot created by) and
Jack Kirby…(Groot created by)
Steve Englehart…(Mantis created by) and
Don Heck…(Mantis created by)

Cast (in credits order)
Robert Downey Jr…Tony Stark / Iron Man
Chris Evans…Steve Rogers / Captain America
Mark Ruffalo…Bruce Banner / Hulk
Chris Hemsworth…Thor
Scarlett Johansson…Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Jeremy Renner…Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Don Cheadle…James Rhodes / War Machine
Paul Rudd…Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Benedict Cumberbatch…Doctor Strange
Chadwick Boseman…T’Challa / Black Panther
Brie Larson…Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
Tom Holland…Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Karen Gillan…Nebula
Zoe Saldana…Gamora
Evangeline Lilly…Hope Van Dyne / Wasp
Tessa Thompson…Valkyrie
Rene Russo…Frigga
Elizabeth Olsen…Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Anthony Mackie…Sam Wilson / Falcon
Sebastian Stan…Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Tom Hiddleston…Loki
Danai Gurira…Okoye
Benedict Wong…Wong
Pom Klementieff…Mantis
Dave Bautista…Drax
Letitia Wright…Shuri
John Slattery…Howard Stark
Tilda Swinton…The Ancient One
Jon Favreau…Happy Hogan
Hayley Atwell…Peggy Carter
Natalie Portman…Jane Foster (archive footage)

Released: 2019
Length:  3 hours, 1 minute
Rated: PG-13

Published by 9siduri

I have written book and movie reviews for the late and lamented sites Epinions and Examiner. I have book of reviews of speculative fiction from before 1900, and short works in publications such Mobius, Protea Poetry Journal, and, most recently, Wisconsin Review and Drunken Pen Writing. I'm busily working away on a book of reviews pulp science fiction stories from the 1930s-1960s. It's a lot of fun. I am the author of the short story "Always Coming Home," a chapbook of poetry titled "Sotto Voce," and a collection of reviews of pre-1900 speculative fiction, "By Firelight."

6 thoughts on “Review of “Avengers: Endgame” (2019)

      1. Haven’t seen pretty much any of the most recent films, wasn’t thrilled with most of the tv shows… maybe I would consider seeing the Sam “The Falcon” Wilson version of Captain America but Meh.

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