“Avengers: Endgame”

LOUISA: 2 STARS


LOUISA SAYS:

We need to talk about Thor.

Let me back up for a second and explain. I love superhero movies. Marvel is by far my favorite cinematic universe. “Avengers: Infinity War” was on my Top 10 Best Films of the Year list. It pains me to say it, but “Avengers: Endgame” left me so disappointed in its (what I had hoped would be an exciting) conclusion. This sequel is a complete letdown.

From the beginning, everything about this movie feels “off” in terms of tone and attitude. There’s an inordinate amount of moping and glassy-eyed staring into the camera. It’s great that the filmmakers choose to focus more on the human connections between the group, but the emotional character development turns this into a thinking person’s “Avengers” that stresses brains over brawns.

Smart superhero movies are great, but I doubt this is the film’s target audience. Adult themes like remorse, heartbreak, crushing guilt, and making the tough decisions that can ruin your own family while saving others is something that may punch a 40 year old man in the gut but will leave his 8 year old slumped in his seat with his hands on his chin. I feel most of this movie will go over the heads of most kids. Hell, I’ll wager a bet that half the adults in the audience will be confused by the inconsistencies of the varied time travel explanations.

You heard me.

They’re the two most dreaded words in a blockbuster movie that’s written itself into a corner: time travel. Can’t figure out a solid ending? Go the cheap “let’s go back and rewrite history by transporting ourselves through the space / time continuum” route. The film plays with time in a way that is less fanboy fun and more lazy storytelling. It’s so similar to the “Star Trek” reboot and “Back to the Future” that it feels like a cop-out rather than a well thought out solution to the Thanos puzzle. Once again, fan theories that have peppered the internet in the last year prove to be more exciting and interesting than the actual movie.

“Endgame” is entertaining enough, but not what I would call enjoyable. The story is at its best when it jumps around in time and we see how each of the remaining heroes deal with life after the snap, grappling with their colossal failure to save half of the universe. It’s humanity like this that makes us all aware that even superheroes are fallible, and it’s darker territory for what normally would be a lively springtime blockbuster.

The snapped Avengers play very little role in the narrative and the remaining heroes aren’t robust nor charismatic enough to carry the movie (Hawkeye and Black Widow, I’m looking at you). There’s also zero sense of real danger, something that the film’s predecessor had going for it (but at least the menacing Thanos firmly clinches his throne as one of the very best screen villains in comic book movie history here). But what’s truly unforgivable is the decision to make an iconic character an absolute laughing stock and the butt of many jokes. His initial introduction in the film is mildly amusing, but increasingly feels more and more distasteful as it drags on.

Most of the new Marvel clichés make an unwelcome appearance, including the continuous, borderline offensive pandering to women that kicked off in a spectacularly over-the-top fashion in “Captain Marvel.” We get it, House of Mouse: women can be superheroes too! There’s no need to include disingenuous all-female shots of your complete roster of lady characters when they are fighting among men. It’s time to buck up, really show them as equals, and refrain from treating them as a separate movie still that’ll look good on a poster touting the studio’s diversity initiatives come awards season.

There are even more emotionally manipulative “hold for applause” (and “hold for tears”) moments accompanied by soaring music that are dripping with an obnoxious insincerity that quickly sours the whole experience.

It’s not all bad, however. Alan Silvestri’s score is beautiful, and there are some clever plot points that are sure to bring delight (I especially enjoyed the way Ant-Man is brought back into the story). While the majority of the comic relief goes for passive, obvious jokes, there are some unexpected cameos guaranteed to bring smiles to faces. Also enjoyable is how several previous “Avengers” movies are incorporated into the story, providing Easter eggs that will deliver diehard fans the appropriate closure as the arc comes full circle.

The brightest spot here is the cast, all giving performances from the heart. There’s not a dog in the bunch, and this is one of the very best acted MCU films to date. You can tell how important these roles are to the actors, so much so that they literally lend their personal signatures of approval to the closing credits.

Much has been said about the 3 hour plus run time and yes, this movie feels long. There’s too much story exposition at the start, which kicks everything off with a sentimental whimper rather than the bang many will be expecting. The film follows a conventional storytelling timeline, and the couple of obvious, direct rip-offs of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” did nothing but remind me of the far better movie. It’s as if J.J. Abrams set the new standard of what’s supposed to happen in a big budget studio movie, ensuring that any “surprises” no longer feel that way.

What doesn’t work outweighs the good, making “Endgame” and its anticlimactic ending a real bummer. While this film is disappointing, I need to be fair: it’s something I feel is a direct result of “Infinity War” and its outstanding setup being so great. But even when taken as a standalone film, this sequel proves to be a letdown.

241 comments

      1. I’m confused, you’ve classified the movie as “Rotten” but you still recommend people to go see it? 2 out of 5 means the movie is bad, doesn’t it? I mean, 2 would suggest it’s worse than the average movie or am I not understanding your scale.

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      2. I don’t recommend this movie, no. I’m replying to the rude comments from people who HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN THE MOVIE YET but are calling me stupid or wrong. I don’t think someone should do that if they’ve yet to see the movie. But no, it’s not one I would recommend, and 2 stars is being generous.

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    1. Why don’t you go see it for yourself and judge? 99 out of 100 people loved the movie, kinda makes you question the one that didn’t dont ya think?

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    2. You’re not seeing it because of this review? That’s how you make up your mind? I’ve seen it and it’s fantastic but you shouldn’t take my word for it either. Go look at a review aggregate site and see if the sea of reviewers make an impression and go from there.

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      1. A lot of people don’t have time nor money to waste on a mediocre movie. Many readers trust my reviews and choose to wait on watching a movie. Can’t see all of them in theaters, after all.

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      2. 115 Fresh, 4 Rotten (and YES, I’ve seen it) – soon everyone else will realize how weak this “review” is. I find it hysterical that you have to “defend” and “justify” yourself over and over in the comments. Insecure much? Of course you’re entitled to your opinion – but clearly you realize you’re in the VAST VAST minority, enjoy that little hole by yourself – the rest of us saw an EPIC movie that is the conclusion to an EPIC franchise (well the first 10+ years of it at least). And seriously, this is the same as Dawn of Justice? That comment should be first in your review so people understand how, uh “biased” your opinion is – that’s where this “review” lost all credibility with me. I mean really, that’s hysterical.

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      3. Sorry, not attempting to “defend” myself, just interested in interacting with my readers. If someone takes the time to comment, I will reply. Can’t understand ugly comments about my review of a movie. It’s head scratching.

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      4. Beyond that, the guy above is appealing by majority—a fallacy no matter which way you look at it. Just because the masses are screaming it to the heavens doesn’t mean it’s true.

        Anyway, I enjoyed your review! Personally I rated it something closer to seven out of ten as its own movie. Taken in the context of its sequel though, I agree with your rating. I do wish you had gone a bit moreover in-depth, but still good!

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    3. I wouldn’t base my opinion off this review. It’s at 97% Fresh on RT, which means that this is one of VERY few reviewers who clearly does not get it.

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      1. Just because someone is in the minority doesn’t mean their opinion is wrong, just as being another voice in the majority chorus means they’re right. I love diversity in film criticism.

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      2. thats just it reviews get it wrong more often than right. a 98% scares me into thinking its a bad movie, i know that dont make sense, but a high early review score dont mean its a good movie. if the spoilers i saw on reddit are right ill be down voting this movie too.

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      3. I know exactly what you mean. And if you read many of the supposed “Fresh” reviews, you’ll see most of them are lukewarm at best. Let me know what you think of the movie after you see it. I’m genuinely interested to hear audience reactions.

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  1. Most of the people watching the movie are not even kids tho because it started 12 years ago. Your review is based off a small proportion of the audience it’s intended for and therefore is irrelevant.

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      1. Somehow, based on your rating scale, this is equal to Dawn Of Justice. That certainly hurts your credibility to put the two on the same level. Is Suicide Squad on par with Civil War, too?

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      2. Yeah, star ratings are so tough and they aren’t the perfect system. To me, Endgame was as bad as Dawn Of Justice. Have you seen Endgame yet? If not, please come back after you’ve seen it before commenting on my credibility.

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  2. Grr. Argh. You’re totally wrong.

    Signed by someone who hasn’t seen the movie yet.

    No, seriously, I’ve read your reviews enough to know that you’re not one to reject something just because it’s a blockbuster nor do you go against the tide just because that might get more attention. So, I trust that this movie truly disappointed you even though most other reviews are overflowing with praise. To be honest, though, I only read the first couple of paragraphs because I want to minimize spoilers as much as possible until I see the movie Thursday night. Will come back and finish after that.

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  3. There’s always gonna be that one or two persons and I guess you’re it. 😑 I’m definitely gonna go see it because I cannot let one person make me dislike a movie when 83 others seem to like it.

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      1. Never feel insulted by (anonymous!) complete strangers on the internet who simply cannot bear that your opinion might differ to theirs. Keep up the excellent work and thank you for taking the trouble to write a review. Best Wishes.
        (P.S. Haven’t seen the movie yet)

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      2. You reviewed a movie. And that person reviewed your review. For a person meting out criticisms for a living, you sure are quick to dismiss.

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  4. Mate,
    I saw your review on End Game, then looked at your other reviews.
    you have a common denominator of disliking movies that are popular (i.e Get out, incredibles 2)? Yet loving movies that are dumpster fires? (xxx return of xander (LOOL) and ( Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets)

    y’sure you’re in the right industry?

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    1. Not exactly true. I LOVED Infinity War, The Force Awakens, Logan, Fast Five, among others. Simply untrue. What did you think of Endgame? I’m assuming you’ve already seen it.

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  5. Interesting points. We are so different on so much. I LOVE time travel movies. They are so creative and imaginative. I also didn’t love Infinity War. I felt the pacing was very slow and it didn’t earn its emotional moments. This I felt was much better paced and felt much less manipulative. LOL. It’s so funny how people can see things so differently. I think that’s awesome. Great job being honest and sharing your view. Sure love ya

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      1. It might be my favorite Marvel film but to early to tell. Different strokes. That’s why there are 22 of them. Everyone has their favs

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  6. Force Awakens is the new standard for blockbusters? Now I see why you didn’t like this movie and why I can ignore your reviews from here on out.

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  7. I’ve looked at your other reviews. It left me disappointed. I did leave some corrections and overall thoughts on the captain marvel review. Also frequently mentioning that you’re a marvel fan actually insures doubts in the mind of your readers especially when they read your comments, you may think you’re reassuring others but it just puts a taste of doubt on you, you might wasn’t to take that int consideration. A lot of us will go see it a lot of us will like it, no ones gonna point a gun at you and make you like but there will be people who will rip your reviews apart (politely of course) after seeing the movie.

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    1. I can’t wait to hear what you think after you see the movie. I never make up my mind nor leave rude comments on other websites until I’ve seen it myself. Will be anxiously waiting for you to come back and share your thoughts!

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      1. I doubt I’d be leaving a review because I’d definitely not remember this web page after I close it, even if I do, it would be after my third seating and when I’ve gathered my thoughts.

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      2. Ah, bummer. Do you have a twitter handle? I can follow you when you post your review. I’m honestly interested to hear your thoughts after you’ve seen the movie.

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  8. I had a feeling the movie would be a disappointment. But I disagree with you on Thanos. Marvel has ruined this character. He’s not compelling and he’s not a villain. He’s an anti-hero. See, he just wants to help. His deeds may be evil, but he’s not evil. Villains care only about themselves and their needs. Thanos believes he is actually making the Universe better. You can even have a calm conversation over a meal with him about what he’s doing, as Gamora has done. He’s twisted & misguided, granted. Now, take a real frightening villain like the Joker. He cannot be reasoned with and he only cares about himself. He just wants to see the world burn…just because. Try getting through to that guy. Or the Terminator. You can’t. They’re evil and they simply don’t care. Thanos cares. And that makes him as a villain…boring.

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    1. It’s very easy to make a villain to make a joker that doesn’t care about anything, also very easy to defeat him too. It’s hard to change the mind of someone who believes he’s the only thing that’s saving the earth and everyone else is wrong. He’s willing to kill whomever whenever and however just to get his will done. He doesn’t think twice If it the moral thing. You also can’t talk to Thanos. You can’t change his mind. A dude who’s willing to take kids away from their family and say he’s saving them is not a person who you can argue with. He’s able to convince others that maybe he’s right, many people still think he’s right and they’re not in the movie. I personally fear a person whos article, manipulative and convincing that a straight up psychotic killer.

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      1. Well, that’s a shame. I love drama as much as the next person but I go to superhero movies for the spectacle and action.

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  9. Sending back the question: Have YOU seen the movie ??
    Target audience: I saw all MCUs in theaters packed full of 20+ adults (mostly 25 to 40, I’d say). You *could* show them to 8 year olds, but 80% of nearly every MCU’s content will go over their head anyway. Because there are lots of things said with very few words. Those “adult themes” have always been there, just not advertised for dummies by sobbing, staring and loosing like in some other franchises.
    Time Travel: What’s it going to be – “lazy storytelling” or “story at its best when jumping through time” ?
    And the Back tt Future “rippoff” even references that film, giving it a spin. But first and foremost: The time travel here is a tool, yes. But not for a cheap solution, but to give the fans who have loved these characters and films an epic journey down memory lane while adding a fresh perspective, not just throwing in boring flashbacks. I think most long time fans appreciate that.

    Zero sense of danger: ??? Did we see the same movie ? I feared for my beloved characters (and I love them all, the Guardians maybe less, but I still like them), because, other than Infinity War, this was the Finale. No do-overs. Whatever it takes. Many swings from almost-win to almost-desaster. The Snap was never there to stay, this is.

    Obnoxious hold-for-whatever moments: There were moments. Didn’t find them obnoxious.

    Because this isn’t any single film. This was made by fans for fans, to celebrate (and in some cases say goodbye to) beloved characters, to marvel at the scope of the universe unfolding over the last 10 years. Of course you should clap here, cheer there, cry happy tears and sad – they are moments tailormade for what we actually WANTED to clap, cheer, cry about. Well, not all of us, apparently, but most of the fans I shared this theater with.

    So I guess I’m tremendously lucky – I love the same things about the MCU that its creators love (well, most of the time). And that’s not about being mainstream, because all the other hyped superhero stuff (like the Bale Batmans) never rang a bell with me. Too obvious, too pathetic, too many obnoxious moments.

    So: It’s okay if you don’t like Endgame. But stating that the reason for that is the film just being badly made is misjudgement at best.

    PS: The Force Awakens, now, that was a bad movie.

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  10. I have seen the movie. It showed early here in Philippines and your review is wrong. I was not confused with the time travel explanations and I am an adult. There might be something wrong with you.

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    1. Great, I’m so glad it worked for you. There are lots of plot holes especially when it comes to time travel and previous rules established in earlier Avengers films. That’s what I meant by the confusion. I’d go into more details but I don’t want to post any spoilers.

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  11. Just saw End Game here in New Zealand. Thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I’m a huge star wars fan but The Force Awakens doesn’t even come close to End Game. If you think Force Awakens is a better movie than End Game then your credibility is shot.

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  12. Thank you for being frank about the weakness of this film. I tend to have similar opinions to the ones you express here (time travel, ugh) and agree with some of your past reviews, so despite being a massive Marvel fan I know I can lower my expectations on this one.

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      1. I saw it. Even going in with (thankfully) lowered expectations I disliked it. I 100% agree with everything you said – even the “pandering” moment, which I was sure I would enjoy as a massive fan of female superheroes.

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      2. The female moment was ridiculous. Movies need to stop that type of thing and really show female superheroes as equals. While I’m more of a Marvel fan, I think WONDER WOMAN set the standard for what I want to see in a female-driven superhero movie. Thanks for commenting, I appreciate hearing what other people thought of the movie.

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  13. Just saw it and sadly I agree with your review. I loved all the marvel movies but when you mess with time travel it just becomes a train wreck causing too many plot holes for my brain to ignore.

    I still recommend everyone to see it for closure and to decide for yourself whether you loved it or not.

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  14. This is the best movie in cinematic history.. But i guess you wouldn’t know whats good or bad.. we dont need your uneducated review. You shouldn’t be allowed to criticise movies as you dont know what your talking about..

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  15. Interesting review, I tend to read the ‘negative’ reviews to get a balanced picture. Also I find it interesting to know what or why someone didn’t like it. I haven’t seen the movie yet (have to wait till next week for an English screening) but your criticisms seem reasonable. I do have a question though based on the last line. Is your disappointment with Endgame in part due to the greatness of Infinity War? What if mean is if Infinity War had not been made would you feel as disappointed with this movie or would you have given Endgame a higher score?

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    1. Thank you for commenting! Infinity War set up a great story that Endgame was poised to resolve, but fails miserably. Sorry to be so vague, but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers. And even if Infinity War hasn’t been made, I’d still be disappointed in this sequel. The characters and the audience deserved better.

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      1. Thanks for answering the question and thanks for not revealing spoilers. Glad to hear Infinity War isn’t the reason, always feel lower scores because of comparisons aren’t really fair. Now I know your problems are purely based on this film I appreciate the review more.

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      2. I finally had a chance to see it. Little rant first. I live in one of the former Sovjet states so we get Russian dubbed versions of movies. However the last 5 years or so there has been an English movie club so in select theaters it’s possible to see the original version in English. However Disney Studios in all there wisdom have decided to cancel all English screenings in all CIS countries. Already had my tickets reserved for months and now they were useless and since the movie was obviously sold out on opening day (29th here) I had to wait till the 30th. I feel it’s unfair from Disney to punish the general movie going audience. Anyway rant over.

        Overall I liked the movie. It’s not as good as Infinity War, Civil War or the Winter Soldier but it’s a fun time at the cinema. I feel the time travel was a somewhat lazy way to resolve it and in my opinion it has plot holes. The Thor thing got old for me quick, didn’t really like how they used Hulk or rather not used Hulk. The movie has some amazing scenes, lot of fan service but also scenes I feel they could have cut from the movie. This movie didn’t need to be 3 hours long.
        I would rate it a 7 out of 10. Good movie, not great.

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  16. Just want to say: I enjoyed the movie. I think it was a good way to end the series, and I’m only addressing the sub-par parts of the movie in this comment. I still think there were more good parts than bad in the movie.

    It’s always interesting for me to read reviews, especially the negative ones about a movie I enjoyed. While it wasn’t completely the movie I had expected, I wouldn’t say it’s a complete letdown. There definitely were some… questionable aspects of the movie though. There is too much drama for an action movie, but I suppose it’s somewhat justified, is it not? The characters all lost a lot, but the amount of sadness in it, especially with the 5-year time jump, is too much.

    The time travel aspect… I guess it was anticipated. It certainly didn’t go the way that I thought, but I liked the scenes. A lot of the scenes where they go back to different years I actually really enjoyed. There were some really good jokes in there, and it surprised me how much I thought that what happened could actually fit into those respective scenes.

    It would’ve been nice to see more of the snapped characters, but it was nice how they incorporated them in the final fight. Now, I definitely agree that the ‘women of the MCU’ scene was not needed. We saw that in Infinity War, and we didn’t really need a repeat. In saying that though, I did enjoy seeing them come together to fight. I just feel like it would have been better if it was everyone together. They didn’t need to separate them from the others.

    I think the ‘hold for applause/tears’ moments were good, but that’s me. I like those moments, it really gives the (amazing) score a time to shine. I don’t think it was too insincere either, I thought that those moments were deserved.

    The ending was a bit of a bummer though. I guess that’s my shipper heart speaking. I would’ve liked to see more of Steve and Bucky together, I mean, they are childhood besties, are they not? idk, I’ve probably read too much into their scenes together but I guess it is what it is. I’m not too sure how Steve and Peggy together in the past will change… things… but I honestly if I go down into that spiral of research I will drive myself insane. Maybe I just don’t get time travel (I don’t. I’m none too keen on delving deeper into it though, I’ll just enjoy the movies).

    Overall I agree with many of your points, and I’mglad that you wrote this review. But I still think the many good parts outweigh the bad. It was a movie made for the fans, but you can’t please everyone. Anyways I’ve spent too much time thinking about Endgame now and the reality of what happened is sinking in, something I don’t really want to think about now lol. I just want to go back to Pre-Infinity War times, when everything was f i n e.

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  17. I mentally tapped out of the MCU around the time of the third Captain America movie (Civil War). They did well to drag it out that far, but its like eating too much sugar now. Endless super powered battles and I can no longer engage with the characters. Even the ending of Infinity War didn’t have the impact it should, particularly when Spider Man Far from Home trailers followed not long after. I feel that the Star Wars comparison seems kind of apt but in a different way. Disney now have two huge franchises that will continue, like their Pixar films, to deteriorate in quality and purpose, but still make huge piles of cash.

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  18. The movie was fantastic, it delivered on everything, it was a huge fan service and payed homage to the older films. It was absolutely amazing to watch all these different character arcs come together. To watch as we saw comic book moments fresh from the pages. It is the greatest of all the mcu movies. It smashes infinity war into the ground. This felt like a living comic book. As it should. It was emotional, it was humourous, it was action packed. I had a kid in front of me of about 8 or 9 and I can tell you he loved it, your comments make people sound dumb, that they need something that holds their hand through a story. You obviously don’t know a good story when you see it if that’s your take.

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  19. I will bookmark your page so i can come back after watching the movie. Its interesting, however, that you use The Force Awakens as a comparison, a film that is almost a scene for scene remake of A New Hope!

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      1. Ok so I saw the movie last night and while I think that Infinity War was more action packed; this was a solid movie. Clint and Natasha..they had some great scenes. I read again your review and most of your comments I cant say are unfounded as they are yours, however, plot holes aside( some people aged while some didnt. Did they go back to the original snap date or stayed 5 years later? How are you alive after your younger self dies..?etc etc), this was a great movie.

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  20. I’ve seen the movie and, while I do agree that some parts made no sense and absolutely not needed, like how Scott came out of the Quantum Realm, I still think it’s better than Infinity War as it shows that, in the end, they are still human and human make mistakes. I am wondering about two things: how would you have resolved the problem without time traveling and, as mentioned before, you say you thank people for their comments yet you still dismiss them, even the ones that have watched the movie. You also liked the comments that agreed with you and not the other ones, it just makes you kind of biased.

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    1. I very much like all comments, I appreciate the replies and interactions. Personally I feel a time travel narrative is a lazy filmmaking device, much like the overuse of voiceover (which this movie also has). The resolution of the story was just a big disappointment, especially after Infinity War.

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  21. This movie was so so dissatisfying the story arcs of CA Thor and IM were so weak and BLack Widows was like wtf mate, why the heck weren’t they married instead, so dumb. Basically all the characters were underused and even though I got what they were going for the delivery and tone was light hearted and consistently making jokes, again. And the ending was so foreseeable, IM and CA deserved a better arc, this movie is nowhere near infinity war. Probably as bad as Shazam and Aquaman.

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  22. I just came back from seeing the movie. And I completly agree with your reviev. I am so disappointed… And I am glad I am not the only one. I was wondering if something was wrong with me because lots of other people liked it…

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    1. Thanks Ann! I’m also curious how the audience reactions are going to be once people actually see the movie. It’ll make tons of money, but I also feel like it will deliver tons of disappointment too.

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  23. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I think most of us that seen the trailers and heard the leaks about the movie knew how they were going to correct the time snap. I’m not a big fan of time travel and I also think it’s a lazy way of writing a story would’ve much rather seen the team come together what a great idea on how to defeat Thanos. As far as rotten tomatoes I’ve seen a lot of scores like a three out of the five or a seven out of 10 even a six out of 10 those are good reviews not great reviews. And one question when the film critic like the person who runs this site is nice enough to answer your question why do you have to come back with childish filthy foul mouth comments just wondering

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  24. I agree with this review. Kudos to the writers for stating your true feelings instead of bending the knee to social pressure.

    Time travel is a weak story arch it always pops up when the writers have no clue how to fix something. Its just lazy writing. I would of used alternate dimension theory. If 50% of this reality is dead then in another dimension the other 50% exists where the first group does not. Etc.

    Im glad the Cpt Marvel had little to do with the film, Larsons man bashing is getting old. Im tired of real world political agendas in my fantasy/sci-fi though it wasnt as bad as i had feared.

    There were a few great moments in the movie but over all very weak story and movie. Very anticlimactic. Much longer then it had to be.

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    1. “Im glad the Cpt Marvel had little to do with the film, Larsons man bashing is getting old. Im tired of real world political agendas in my fantasy/sci-fi though it wasnt as bad as i had feared.” where does this happen?

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  25. I haven’t seen ANY of your other reviews but I just got back from screening of End Game with hope that I am not the only one feeling “empty” and “cheated”. I blame myself for that tbh. I didn’t want to watch Infinity at cinema cause I knew it’s ending with cliffhanger. I waited to make bearable gap between Infinity and End Game. Maybe cause Infinity is still “fresh” and pumping in my brain and chest that I don’t find Endgame satisfying. And I was hoping for that. I lean on Chris E. and Ruso Brothers. That was the only hint of them: End it’s satisfying. It’s not. Not in my book at lest. It’s just that – The End. It’s not empty but not fulfilling ether. I cant say I am completely disappointed. The movies does give us what it can be expected conclusion, if you are at least average fan and know some fact that are MCU related. However it’s not that conclusion isn’t enough it’s just, idk, empty I would say. Again, I probably pumped myself too much, expecting some epic ending, for oh so many reasons. The elements of “epic” are there, they just don’t deliver. The critic is right with the statement of “wait 4 it” moments that kinda drop the ball. I won’t spoil much but the battle that suppose to be epic was a let down for me. Not only that Infinity war had better ones, it’s just the problem with inconsistencies ( regarding strategies and previous dealing with powerful enemies ). I have to compare it with IW cause this is direct sequel. It ok movie. It’s rounded. It’s human more ( even thou unbalanced comparing to before and after big fight ). It’s the end. I just can’t shake the feeling of been robbed. Not by the heroes destiny no but with “off” feeling of movie, the somewhat stupid decisions some of them made, some inconsistencies in story telling and narrative for sole purpose of empty story telling. Some things are also totally illogical. That one bugs me the most as well the fact that there was no post credit scene.

    As average person and average fan and average movie lovers I can relate to reviewers comments. It’s a bit strong thou but I really believe that’s because she feels cheated and empty cause she was so invested. I feel almost the same. I never felt that with previous mcu movie. Not even with Thor2 or Captain Marvel. With this one I feel like I got ending simply to take my money and to give me an End cause it was expected to give me ( and everybody else invested ) one.
    Let me just say that if I can go back in past and not get ticket for End game – I would. I was really hyped with this one. I didn’t left bitter taste after watching it but it didn’t delivered ether. I had my “YAS” ( appropriate followed with fistbumb ) moments, “Aaaaalright!” moments and “WOOHOO” moments but there was just few and they burnt out quickly. And all of them was related to past and Ruso Brother cameo. Not for arc itself. And I hate the stupid question related to handler of favorites hammer during epic battle, again suddenly vanished certain someone that reappears and how the hack PastNebula figured out something that great Pim couldn’t ( I mean she brought entire ship! )?!?!? Those questions overshadowed my overall impression of movie.
    Again: Not great not bad, just rounded as end for an end. I would rather go see Captain Marvel twice now. Don’t retreat seeing it, I really waited for it, but I would chose to be less hyped about if I could go back in past now. And yes, music, even for tone-deaf person will hit you at some point, realizing it’s just overflowing almost every scene.
    For me it’s just and sort of end and that’s it.
    I am glad I am not THAT disappointed as review but I am angry that movie is terminal with out some glory shine that I hope I would feel and see. The true epic feeling. But looking forward to new things even thou no idea what those are. Hope they just deliver as majority of the ones before Endgame.

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  26. I like that you claim to be a Marvel fan, despite that you gave the last 3 marvel movies rotten tomatoes. And the last 2 (or three) fresh tomatoes.

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    1. Al of my Marvel reviews aren’t posted on the site, but I gave a perfect 5 star rating to Logan and Into the Spiderverse, and loved Deadpool 2, and rated Doctor Strange, Captain America, First Class, and others quite highly. Yes, it’s true that I hated Venom and didn’t care for the half-baked Ant-Man and Iron Man sequels, but I’m a huge fan of the MCU. Because of this, I expect high quality films and not a shameless cash grab like most of their recent output has sadly been.

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  27. Watched it last night. I actually enjoyed it but I think the hype factor was just too high.

    Which is to say, I think I know where you’re coming from. Of all four Russo movies, this is the most loose. Loose as in it’s full of jokes, it’s not tightly paced like Infinity War, lots of time travel illogic that’s hard to take seriously, lots of tone whiplash that takes away the focus of the movie.

    But I didn’t like IW better than Endgame. I’m not a fan of movies that runs in constant climax (like IW, The Dark Knight). I’m more of a set-up, build-up, rising action, climax, etc. kind of movie fan. And that’s probably why I like Endgame better.

    And I while I agree that IW is a much better “constructed” movie than Endgame, I like how Marvel “loosen up” with Endgame, while also trying to go “more sentimental” than before. They tried to do something different though different here, doesn’t necessarily mean “fresh.”

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      1. Somebody wrote about it as Thor being anti-heroic (being who he is instead of being who he should be) which kinda made for a disappointing character arc but made for a few good laughs. Still, Thor could be funny even without making him less of a hero. Still, it would have been OK if he has at least one “hero” moment in that final battle, not just the “I knew it” punchline. But if you refer to him being fat or his looks, I don’t care that much (CGI bod is pretty obvious tho), failure could do that to people, and I think Hemsworth did fine trying to act funny and poignantly sad at the same time. He’s still more interesting than Cap, but Cap stole the action beats spotlight from him and Iron Man in the climax.

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  28. This is the first negative review of the film that had some points I can understand. You didn’t come off as the pretentious “if it’s not Sundance, it’s not 5 stars” type and I actually believe you are a genre fan.

    With that being said, I doubt I’ll agree with you in the end.

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  29. I have watched the movie, but find that a major part you base your critic on to be flawed. You mention dealing with the time paradox to be old, as it’s already been done in Star trek, yet they deal with that paradox in completely different ways. SPOILER ALERT…

    Star trek said if you go back in time, you change all time to come and start again from that point. Endgame took it that the past is past and cannot be changed, only the the future matters. This was in some was a subtle but actually a huge difference – and the extremely clever way this was dealt with mean that it’s not a just a snap of the fingers, to go back and change something you didn’t like. Even trying to do so has real consequences today.

    As someone who has read and watched Science Fiction for decades, this has not been done before – not like this. Loved the movie. It’s not perfect, it’s just too big to take care of every single little detail, but they did a bang up job.

    Cheers

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  30. I agree with this Review, its mostly how I felt. I thought loads of Fan theories would have made better films, they focused too much on the departing Avengers instead of focusing on making an epic film. Even though the action was big, it failed to deliver on the more personalised battles in infinity war. The Writing for the most part was the biggest let down. I feared that time Travel would take up too much of the canvas drawing the focus away from what made the first film a more complete picture. Almost felt like they could have fit the first 15 minuets into infinity war and then built a bigger story in end game, maybe with a great threat then even Thanos. I did still enjoy the film as I am a comic book fan and the fan service was OK, just feel like they missed a chance, Shame. 7/10

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