It’s been ten years since Iron Man first came to the big screen. It’s hard to believe that so much has happened since that first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now with the arrival of AVENGERS: ENDGAME, the culmination of 22 movies comes to theaters. AVENGERS: ENDGAME is a movie that will take people on quite the ride as they see the Avengers fight to save the universe from Thanos.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Story

The story for AVENGERS: ENDGAME was very cleverly put together. It moved the characters along, it made sense, and it also connected a lot of dots. Along the way, it also gave the fans some presents while also not being patronizing. It was respectful to the movies of the past as the characters fought for a future. There were a few things that could have been more solid or trimmed down, but overall this is a story that does exactly what it needs to do. I also think the length was totally fine and didn’t feel bloated as well.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Quality

One of the things that’s expected in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a collection of incredible special effects. This movie continues on this tradition. In fact, it really takes it to the next level. I was pretty pleased with the quality of Avengers: Infinity War, this felt like it went to the next level. There are a lot of different types of effects utilized in this movie and the good folks at Marvel did an amazing job of making them all work and feel real. There were a couple of moments and effects that I think could have been done better. However, I don’t think they are worth dwelling too much on.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME

 

Characters

The characters in AVENGERS: ENDGAME are characters that we have come to know and love (or dislike) over the course of the last ten years. There definitely was some character development happening in this movie. In fact, the movie wouldn’t have worked so well if this hadn’t happened. The payoffs for most of these characters were incredibly well done as well. Without getting into any spoilers I will say this, the progression of each character mattered, made sense, and made me feel something. I was very pleased with the different directions that were taken with different characters. For some of them, this was for better, and others for worse. For all, it was good storytelling and good character development I felt.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Music

Writing about the music definitely risks getting into some spoiler material. However, I will avoid doing this and instead speak in generalities about it. Alan Silvestri should be proud of himself. He composed a score that accompanied the movie appropriately. It had many different moments and emotions that were represented throughout the film. It also did what any good soundtrack should do: it did NOT distract from the story being told. A good soundtrack should always help support and deepen the story that is being told. This most certainly happened throughout the course of AVENGERS: ENDGAME and its accompanying score. It may not have been as iconic as some soundtracks, but it did its job fantastically.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Final Thoughts

Going into AVENGERS: ENDGAME I worked VERY hard to make sure I didn’t see any spoilers. I’m very glad that I did this. It made for a movie that I found engaging and enjoyable. A good movie, in my book, should take the viewer on a journey (generally an emotional one). This movie did just that. It took me (and the rest of those in the theater) on a journey with some highs, some lows, and some in-betweens. There was laughter heard in the theater during the movie and also tears shed. Overall, this is a fantastic movie that was a wonderful ending to the stories told within the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the last ten years since Iron Man first came to the big screen. This was not necessarily an easy movie to watch but it was a beautiful one and I can’t wait to see it again! This definitely gets a full hat tip. Oh, and see it in the theaters. This is a movie that is made for the big screen!

Without sharing any spoilers, let me know what you thought of AVENGERS: ENDGAME in the comments below!