Review — Avengers: Endgame

Connor Adamson

Connor is an attorney residing in Corpus Christ, Texas. He has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University and a JD from Villanova Law. He enjoys fancy foreign art films, Marvel films, and everything in between. Horror is his favorite genre though, if his Stephen King Book to Screen series is any indication.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I left the theater with a similar mindset as you. There was a lot to love and a lot that I enjoyed, but I left feeling unsatisfied with some of the inner workings of the plot; critical of some of the scenes and moments that felt too showy; and in that headspace of wanting more than we got but also dissecting too much of what we did receive. I was overplaying the movie for what it was and spending too much thought on what the future could hold than what happened.

    I am fortunate enough to have watched the movie before working at the theater the rest of the weekend. I was one of the few willing to pop in and out of Avengers screenings to check on theaters. Every time I went in, every time it was up on screen, I thought, “Ooh, I love this scene.” Didn’t matter what part of the movie, what character was the up there, I enjoyed the thirty seconds or so of each moment sprinkled throughout the three-plus hours. I even once allowed myself a couple minutes to pause when there was something amazing about to happen on the screen, not to watch what was going to happen next, but to watch the sold out theater react to what magic was about to happen. Watching all those faces, quiet and slowly realizing what was coming, their quiet gasps and hand covered whispers and smiles, even some teary laughs of joy, it was magical. Plot didn’t matter to me in those moments; it was just seeing these characters alive on-screen and remembering all the quiet references to moments years past circle around and come in again with a reminder of that weight and history, how life is filled with those touches familiar and yet all new.

    I can still be critical of some of this movie’s flaws, but there is just so much deep in the fabric of this movie and this universe, and the touches of the past and present, taking comedy and making it sentimental…

    …The Avengers movie was something seven years later I’m still stunned worked above and beyond expectations. Endgame… there’s gonna be nothing else like it for a hundred years.

    • Connor Adamson says:

      Thanks for the very unique and interesting response!

      I’m hoping, as I said, that a second viewing in a bigger crowd (I saw it at a smaller advance screening), without the burden of expectations, will allow me to slip more into the magic of the film and get past my deep-seated disappointment. I doubt all of my criticisms will ever fall away, but right now it’s been a unique form of sadness for me.

      Sounds like for you, getting to experience the film as an experience, was curative.