‘Avengers: Endgame’ balances action, drama, humor

Brian Connors, Arts and Entertainment Editor

For any reader who has not seen “Avengers: Endgame,” you must go see it. Its cultural magnitude is far too great for you to be left in the dust. Also, this will be a spoiler-free review, so you can continue reading without fear.

In short, “Avengers: Endgame” was perfect. The film brought an 11-year, 22-movie arc to fruition and made every trip to the movie theatre to go see the other 21 Marvel films worth it.

“Endgame” picks up immediately where “Avengers: Infinity War” ended – with half the world vanishing as a result of Thanos’ snap. Our heroes are at a complete loss. The Avengers try to move forward, but with so many lives weighing on their consciences, it is hard to get rid of the guilt.

A big chunk of the three-hour film deals with the aftermath of the snap and how it affected those still living on earth. For me, this was one of my favorite parts of the film. Too many Marvel movies focused heavily on humor, setting up another MCU plot point or trying to find something for each of its many heroes to do.

Stripped of almost half its heroes, “Avengers: Endgame” is finally able to sink its teeth into character development and focus on what the Avengers feel rather than the things they are doing. Marvel movies are always so vibrant and eventful, so the bleak tone of this first part was a refreshing and interesting change of pace.

Once the Avengers discover a possible way to bring back the fallen, the movie kicks into high gear. There were many different fan predictions as to how this movie was going to play out. The way things go down was totally unexpected and I was pleasantly surprised. The twists and turns in the story yield an awesome adventure that keeps both diehard and casual fans on the edge of their seats.

The emotions evoked from this movie are all over the place as well. There are heartbreaking moments from beginning to end – tissues are recommended! That said, there are also moments of pure joy, so not all of the tears are sad tears.

The humor in this movie is great. As I said before, Marvel tends to overdo it with the comedy. I feel as if the gags and jokes of “Endgame” were perfectly balanced by the movie’s other elements. This could be due to the three-hour runtime – more movie means less cramming.

Another fantastic part of the film is the finality. Although the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not ending, “Endgame” is the end to the story the last twenty-one movies were telling. There is an astounding feeling that the movie is final, as it wraps up loose ends rather than leaving us on cliff hangers. The focus of this movie was not to set up the next group of films but rather to honor the six main Avengers whose stories started it all.

I loved “Avengers: Endgame.” It was an epic ride that I was so happy to witness. Both times I saw the film, the energy in the movie theatre was electric. I recommend going to see the movie just for the experience. “Avengers: Endgame” is in theatres now!