Ahhh, the “final” chapter of the Avengers saga. I was just a little teenager when the first Avengers movie came out and it blew my mind. I mean, I had seen that movie so many times, I practically had that script memorized. I’m writing this review after a late night showing.
This review is going to be SPOILER-FREE! I will be making a spoiler review after the weekend is over, just so everyone has some time to see the movie.
Everyone has been going wild for this movie. Out the door lines, 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I even had to wait for an hour and a half in the Fandango app to yoink my tickets. After this past year, after all the memes, after all the hype, I went into the theater practically chomping at the bit for this film. And it was…
That’s not to say it wasn’t good. It was! Honestly, it makes the top 5 (at least my top 5) Marvel movies that have come out so far. The movie comes slow out the gate and the writing for the first hour or so just isn’t the best. They essentially focus on explanations of everything, which was certainly needed after the WTF ending of Infinity War. The problem is that they spend too much time trying to work through all the little details that it takes too long to get off the runway. Maybe a bit of these cut out would have aided the brutal 3-hours+ runtime.
One of the things that I loved so much about Infinity War was how they balanced a dark, imposing threat with light-hearted and comedic moments. This film does not have that style – in fact, there are very few jokes throughout the movie. It places much more focus on a somber tone and it pushes that throughout the whole movie. The Russo brothers (directors) really focused on manipulating the hopes and emotions of the audience while laying out the groundwork for the future of the MCU.
All in all, this was a great time and incredibly entertaining. For everyone’s rabid theory-crafting, I pretty much did not expect any of what ended up coming to pass. However, this really wasn’t a “staple of the generation” or any of the other crazy claims I’ve heard made about this movie. At the end of the day, it was a fun and engaging action film that brought in solid film elements, but did not add any ground-breaking material to push it to that next level.
Rating: Delicious twelve-hour roast Porterhouse