AVENGERS: END GAME REVIEWS
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* at the time of writing this May 4, 2019
Oh, boy! This movie was not only colossal in terms of the run-time but also about the magnitude of the emotional weight and what this movie represents. Because the title not only represents the title of the movie but it's also a metaphor: For a lot of the stories and the characters, this truly is - the endgame.
This is a culmination of 21 movies that has been building to this very story since the advent of the first Iron Man movie way back in 2008.
For a lot of audience members that have been keeping track of this Cinematic Universe, some have been watching these movies since they were in high school, college/University, probably created relationships and started families over the course of the last 11 years.
So to say that people have grown up watching these movies is an understatement.
It is the end of an era for some characters that will not be returning for the next phase of the mcu. Which is disappointing because those that are not returning are not only household names but also fan favourites, some of which are the very reason that they became fans of this Cinematic Universe. Now this could be you one of a few things: 1: Some actors wanted to return but Disney did not want them to.
2: Disney wanted these actors to return but the actors what did to move on to other projects.
or 3: It's the combination of both.
Be that as it may, for those not returning they went out in style.
The writing for the most part is actually Solid as you actually see what the characters are going through since the decimation and it's just these every day-to-day routines that they go through just to keep a grip on reality and by extension their sanity. And that's what gives the movie a lot of hair is just seeing how they choose to rise above this and get on with their lives.
Now this is where I begin marking the movie down a few points:
Number one: They took a rather Petty jab at back to the future's proposed time travel physics. Now I will argue till the day is done that Back to the Future is one of the greatest time travel movies of all time because it has a very set specific amount of rules with regards to time travel and it's sticks to them.
Because there is the Butterfly Effect: What you change in the past can have a ripple effect on that of events in the future. So if you choose to go a direction 20 miles to the north as opposed to 30 miles to the west it's going to have a very different outcome to what you would have done had you not altered history. Now I suppose in one aspect you could view this demerit as being trivial which I accept, but... I just believe that this was an unnecessary job at an iconic and beloved franchise that this particular line of dialogue was not necessary nor warranted.
Number two: I would like to state for the record so that this is not taken out of context whatsoever that I am not a fan of the current president of the United States of America. I do not call myself a fan nor a non-fan. But I am beginning to find it rather tiresome in most modern movies where some characters are just allegories of President Troy (for context referring to the current president as president Troy is an in-joke by RandomDCE. Go look into that joke for more details). I can understand that some people do not approve of a current president, that's fine. But it just becomes tiresome and boring and the joke will be dated when people look back at this movie in 5 or 10 years and the jokes' validity will be little to none.
Furthermore by continuing to highlight your disdain for him you're actually giving him attention which if you're against him wouldn't it be a smart choice to not give him attention whatsoever? I do realise by talking about him I am giving him attention but by the same token I am highlighting a very large problem in modern cinema that think it's cute to take a shot at someone you don't like when really what you should be doing is not giving him any credence and attention whatsoever.
So again I am saying I am tired of hearing these jokes because I'm just tired of hearing them. First time is funny, second time is silly and a third time - it's just sad.
And again - I'm not a fan of the guy. I could take shots at him if I wanted to, but what would be the point? I would much rather use my time and focus my energy on things and people that actually make me happy rather than use the energy for negativity.
I think I know what I would rather do.
Right! Now that I've got the annoying aspect of the Script out of the way, the pacing of the movie does an ever slow down even when it's just focusing on the characters day-to-day text of just trying to give themselves purpose and something to do. I do like the payoff is realised from infinity war where Tony Stark finally becomes a father.
Because it is first highlighted in that movie that he had a vision of him and Pepper together in an ideal Vision with a child of their own. And I find it's very heart warming, sweet and Charming to see the charming and charismatic Playboy become a father. Any exchanges between tony and his daughter Morgan is just adorable. Especially when Morgan says to him "I love you 3000." of which Tony says to her in a final pre-recorded message ahead of his funeral.
Most people had the preconception that it would be Captain America that would be killed off at the end of endgame because of Chris Evans publicly announcing on his Twitter that he had finished his final appearance as Captain America for endgame. But never in my wildest imagination was I have believed that it would be Iron Man that would be the biggest character death. No that's not to take anything away from what black widow did as her sacrifice for the soul stone because your sacrifice had meaning. But then, so did Tony's.
Now it's established that Bruce in his professor Hulk form where banner is able to retain his intelligence and personality but have the hooks form and strength is able to withstand the Dangerous levels of energy radiating from the infinity Stones because he clearly states that the energy is mostly, and since it's Gamma energy that gave him his Hulk form he is the Logical and safest choice when using the infinity stones to bring people back. But Iron Man does not have Bruce's gamma immunity.
Although, I do find it poetically appropriate that it was Iron Man that began the mcu all the way back in 2008, and I'm calling this for what it is, it is Iron Man That Ends it. He ended the first Iron Man movie with his signature line " I am Iron Man" and it's so fitting that he ends it with " and I am.... Iron Man!" before snapping his fingers and reducing Thanos's army and himself to dust. At that point I'm thinking to Thanos: “payback’s a b****!"
I do like the nice small call-backs to the first Iron Man movie as well with happy Hogan saying to Morgan when she said she like cheeseburgers "your dad liked cheeseburgers and I'll get you as many cheeseburgers as you want." and to also seeing the Mark 1 chest piece that was used to power the Mark 1 suit that Pepper Potts had Framed "proof that Tony Stark has a heart".
Steve Rogers finally has the happy ending that he long searching for since the end of Captain America: The First Avenger. After returning the infinity stones and Thor's original hammer, he remains in the past and lives out his life with Peggy Carter as they get married and he finally had that happiness that Tony Stark had talked about during the events of age of Ultron.
And what I do like at the end of the credit is that you here the hammer sounds from the first Iron Man movie of Tony forging the Mark 1 suit. Like I said, it's appropriate that Iron Man began the mcu, and I'm just calling it like I see it - iron Man is the one to end it. Because in my honest opinion, there is no mcu - without Iron Man.
Granted many new characters and stories have been added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man's debut in 2008, but in truth, who has the same magnetic, charismatic personality of that of Tony Stark that has coming back to see him in all the Avenger movies, their sequels and the two Iron Man sequels (although personally I am an 3 is something I don't like to talk about)? Because everybody came back to the Avenger movies because of Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr didn't act as Tony Stark nor Iron Man.... He is Tony Stark.
It's very rare in any form of entertainment whether it's a movie, a TV show or a video game, where a person portraying the character is that natural and authentic with their performance that they aren't playing a character - they become that character.
And that is the case with Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man. You will get actors where they are playing a role and there are those where the character is an extension of who they are. The only other example that I can think of where an actor is not acting as the character and just being them, and that is the late Christopher Reeve as Superman. You look at Christopher as Superman and you can see a general level of authenticity playing the Man of Steel. What got Chris over as Superman aside from looking like the character and stepped out the pages of the comics is that he had the proper charisma and believability that he was Superman.
And that is the same for Tony Stark. RDJ was the right man at the right time with the correct amount of charisma if not more to play Tony Stark. Whoever is cast as Iron Man in future live action movies from Marvel - I feel sorry for the poor actor that gets told "you have to live up to him!"
So thank you to Robert Downey Jr for everything that he has done as Iron Man and it's sad to see him go but if he is leaving because he wants to move on to other projects and I respect that. I don't like it, but I respect it.
I don't feel like brie Larson had enough to do as Carol Denvers/Captain Marvel. For the little amount of time that she was on screen for I could see that she did her role competently but the Script just did not give her enough to do. I think had the Script had given her more to do then we would have seen more of what Captain Marvel could have contributed to this movie.
At the time of writing this Avengers: Endgame has currently generated a box office profit of $1.786 billion. And this is all in the space of less than a week. That is monumental.
Anyone undoubtedly be even greater probably by the end of this month. Will it out do Avatar's box office record? Time will only tell.
If you haven't seen Avengers: End Game, then I strongly suggest that you do so because you are really missing out on a cinematic event of immense proportions.
Until next time: Goodnight, from the Knight
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