Avengers: Endgame

A final chapter that is close to perfection

The end of the game comes with the end of an era, the Avengers’ era: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and all of our favorite characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, are back to the big screen  to give a deserving finale to one of the most successful film series of the last decade. Avengers: Endgame hits Italian theaters today and debuts in the US on April 26, 2019.

There’s no way to be prepared to the final chapter of the saga: the only thing you can to do is to read spoiler-free reviews (like this one) but, after that, go and see it.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film follows the events told in Avengers: Infinity War: after Thanos eliminated half of all life in the universe, the remaining Avengers gather their allies in the attempt to time-travel and prevent the catastrophe. Obviously, it won’t be easy: in the world’s new order, everyone has something to lose. Thanos’ actions bring back the discord between Steve Rogers / Captain America and Tony Stark/Iron Man, Thor chooses isolation; Natasha Romanoff/ The Black Widow is determined to undertake this desperate mission, but she struggles to bring the group back together, even with the help of Bruce Banner/ Hulk, Carol Denvers/ Captain Marvel and Rocket, the raccoon-like mercenary from Guardians of the Galaxy. When personal impetus of some of the characters puts the mission at risk, the intervention of Scott Lang / Ant-Man (played by Paul Rudd) will make the difference and this is all you have to know: you’ll see the rest on the big screen.

The Russo brothers did a great job in building a three-hour final chapter that doesn’t leave space to boredom: counting on a great screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Avengers: Endgame is a perfectly balanced film, that alternates intense narrative moments and insane action scenes. Avengers: Endgame digs into the characters’ personal stories, exploring their evolution since the beginning of the saga: we see Romanoff leaving her dark past behind and becoming a true leader committed to save the only family she’s ever had; Stark and Rogers have to put aside their misunderstandings to focus on a nearly impossible mission; Thor and Banner-Hulk’s comic legacy, which gradually emerged in the Thor saga, is now brought to light, providing many funny moments to the film, at the price of a little piece of their glory. Although Captain America’s journey won’t be completely satisfying, Avengers: Endgame remains close to perfection.

There’s plenty of humor in the film, but this time the heartbreaking moments will feel really bad. Considering the premise of Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame had limited options to bring the story to an end. That’s why some Avengers’ fans won’t be fully satisfied, but this is a finale Stan Lee would be proud of.

 

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