Film Review: Avengers: Endgame

by Evan Brown

Rated M. Starring just about everyone from the last ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

It’s been a week since Endgame burst into cinemas worldwide, and it’s already racked up $1.6 billion at the box office. It’s the 6th highest grossing film of all time, and poised to leapfrog Jurassic World into 5th place by the end of this weekend.

If you haven’t seen it yet – here’s a short review: we thought it was an excellent ending to a ten year saga, and are giving it four stars. If you have seen it, read on. We have been intentionally slow in bringing you our thoughts here at Reel Gospel, because we wanted to reflect deeply on the film, which naturally means we want to discuss spoilers.

So, you have been warned. Spoilers ahead.

Endgame is a film ten or so years in the making. Being left on such a dire ending from the previous film Infinity War, we were left on the edge of our seats wondering what would happen to the Avengers and the universe (well, half of the universe) for over a year.

Avengers: Endgame starts with the aftermath of Thanos’ infamous finger snap and the question, “What does the universe and our defeated team of super heroes do now?” The Russo brothers conveniently answer this by splitting Endgame into three acts:

  1. Avengers self-wallow
  2. Avengers time travel
  3. Avengers fight

The first act sees our heroes trying to overcome their depressive state of guilt and figure out how to win, the second act follows our heroes figuring out how to time travel and steal the infinity stones, and the third act features the inevitable big fight against Thanos and his goons.

Whilst all acts were all very good and had their moments, the time travel act was by far my favourite – although perhaps a little plagiarised from the plot of Star Trek Voyager. The remaining Avengers split into teams and travelled back in time to moments from previous MCU films, in order to steal the infinity stones before the snap. This act to me felt like something from a classic heist movie e.g. The Italian Job or Ocean’s Eleven. There was a plan to steal something impossible, there are cool gadgets, the team was mismatched and the stakes were high. Very cool moments abound including seeing Captain America fight himself, and the reunion of Thor and Tony Stark with their respective parents.

Overall, I thought Endgame was a good movie, however it wasn’t as good as Infinity War. There was the trademark Marvel humour throughout and some fantastic battle scenes. The character cameos were next level and everyone got adequate screen time as well, especially the reconciled Iron Man and Captain America. Although difficult to pull off with that many characters, the plot was understandable (for the most part, besides some of the time travel) and there were enough high and low points to keep me interested for a film running almost three hours long.

After a glum beginning of the film, the Avengers manage to turn things around. It’s hard to see our favourite heroes dealing with guilt, which almost consumes some of them. They failed their duty of protecting humanity. They lost the battle against Thanos. Who knows what happened in the five years before the film’s time jump, and how much the events of Infinity War must have weighed upon them.

Guilt weighs upon us all. We all feel it. We regret things we say, choices we make – and we carry it around like a burden (even though Thor’s appearance brings comic relief, it shows the effect of not having “gone for the head”).

We feel guilt. And though we can’t jump into a Quantum Realm and fix our mistakes, we can have assurance that we don’t need to. Jesus died so that we might be free from our sin, our wrongdoing against God, and live free of guilt and shame. Colossians 2:13b-14 –

‘Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.’

There is a definite ending to Endgame, where justice prevails. Similar to how the film plays out in the final act for a certain character, Jesus’ death was the ultimate sacrifice, for the ultimate salvation.

The Verdict: Avengers: Endgame is just about all I wanted it to be, and a satisfying ending to a decade-long saga. 4/5

Avengers: Endgame is in cinemas now.

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