“Part of the journey is the end:” for the Avengers it was both thrilling and fitting

"Avengers: Endgame" movie poster courtesy of IMP Awards.

Melissa Ellin, Editor in Chief

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It finally happened. The moment half the country (most likely more than that) has been waiting for: the release of the final Avengers film, “Avengers: Endgame.” A day that will go down in history (maybe), April 25, 2019. What a fitting end to a seemingly endless film series (at least for some of the characters we know and love).

Just like fans and every logical person on the planet predicted, “Endgame” began from where the previous film, “Avengers: Infinity War,” left off. With half the universe dead, and the other half struggling to pick up the pieces. 15 minutes into the film there’s a five year time jump… I know. Normally when a film series or TV show has a time jump, everything goes south, but thankfully, this was not the case for “Endgame.” What ensues after the five years pass is a time travel mission to save those who’ve been lost.

Due to the fact that there were a million main characters, I won’t go into specifics about all of them. The acting was superior (obviously), but to ensure this review isn’t five pages long, I’ll simply talk about some standouts. The most surprising acting had to come from Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. In previous films, Hawkeye has been more of a background character, but in “Endgame,” he played a pivotal role and it was impressive to see the depth of character Renner could muster up. He put so much emotion into his part, making all of Hawkeye’s emotions, whether it was anger, joy or sadness, immensely palpable. The other standout was Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Continuing on the path we saw for his character in “Thor: Ragnarok,” there was a deeper level of emotion to the dorky, loveable oaf.

As for set and Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI), they were outstanding. Given that there were many outer space and alien planet scenes, spaceships were everywhere, and they looked incredibly realistic. The galaxy scenes were also mesmerizing, and well done. Additionally, considering two of the main characters in the film, the Hulk and Thanos, were CGI’d for the entirety of the movie, the editing done to them was extensive, yet believable. There were only a few, short moments in the film where movements were choppy or the proportions were off (mainly issues with the Hulk, and when he’d hand things to his “normal sized” co-stars), but they didn’t hinder the viewing experience.

Similarly, the costume design was impressive. In every film, the heroes’ super suits have been well-crafted with amazing attention to detail, so of course, “Endgame” was no different. The music also complemented the film well. During climactic scenes, the instrumentals amped up the action, and during more dismal scenes, the songs added extra weight to the emotion.

On top of all that, the film actually managed to keep my attention which is impressive considering it was an astounding 3 hours and 1 minute long. The only negative side to this being I was staring at a dark screen for long periods of time, so when there was a cut to a sunny outdoor landscape, my eyes were a bit shocked at the drastic change in lighting (it may have also been the fact that I was watching it on a gigantic screen in theaters).

Of course, the ending cannot go unmentioned. I won’t spoil anything (I’m not a horrible person), but I will give some insights on the closure gained from it. To say that the heroes had their perfect endings would be to lie. There were some deaths that had to come, and although I can’t say I’m happy about it, I can say that they were decent deaths (if there is such a thing). Every character, whether they died or lived, had a super cyclic ending, and I’m a sucker for a cyclic ending, so I was pleased. In fact, the endings were done so well, it makes you wonder just how long they’ve been planning for them…

Regardless, I’m sure I don’t have to tell any fans out there to go see this movie, but to anyone else, watch the other ones first, then buy a ticket. To everyone: know that all characters had just endings. Besides, after the dust settles, and despite the fact that it will always be bittersweet to see the actors we love move on, we’ll find that it couldn’t have ended any other way.

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