Film review: Avengers Endgame
PUBLISHED: 09:29 29 April 2019
It's a much anticipated finale to the superhero series but what did Mark Goodin make of Avengers Endgame?
Providing a rewarding follow-up to such a perfectly balanced, multi-handed superhero film as Avengers: Infinity War, let alone one that serves as a conclusion to the 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, is a hard act. What a relief it is, then, that returning directors Joe and Anthony Russo have delivered such an ambitious and well-calibrated slice of action cinema.
Set in the fallout of Thanos' (Josh Brolin) finger snap which eradicated half the universe, the film finds the surviving Avengers banding together to make an ambitious last-ditch effort to undo his devastating actions.
The decision to focus largely on the original six avengers – Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) , Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) , Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) , Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) – is an effective and powerful one; especially as key moments from their earlier missions play an important role in their daring plan.
While the palpable sense of loss and threat from the previous Avengers outing remains, there is real humour here too, with the directors punctuating the emotional exchanges and dazzling action set-pieces with a number of hilarious one-liners and visual gags - a permanently sozzled, guilt-ridden Thor has many of the film's funniest lines.
It's the performances that will stick the longest after the end credits roll. As brilliant as the cast is - especially Brolin, Johansson and Evans - Downey Jr's towering, charismatic turn dominates this bittersweet and immensely satisfying blockbuster.