Avengers Endgame Review: How will they save the world this time?

Avengers Endgame Review: How will they save the world this time?

Rishabh Pachory

Rishabh Pachory

The Endgame. Or is it? (4 / 5)

Entering the cosmic universe of the Marvel super-heroes as they all assemble in a swaggering spectacle of strength and temerity, is like a child being put in a middle of the largest toy store in the world and being told that you can buy any and everything you wish. For the child however, things don’t work out as they should. The child is so confused by the big treat they forget why they were there in the haven for escape in the first place.

The extravagance of this epic is meant to salute one last hurrah of the great superheroes who all have their individual mass followers. A Imagine what happens when they all come together under the same roof. Yeah, just imagine!

The movie is well written and the script writers must be commended. To write something that accommodates more than a dozen super-heroes without toppling over into the abyss is no small achievement.

Avengers Endgames doesn't topple over. It soars. It manages to keep its head far above the water as the propulsive and compelling storytelling ambles through what looks a gallery of emphatic episodes that spotlight the 'cool' proportion of the characters without making any genuine effort to understand why these superheroes find themselves becoming irrelevant in comparison with the super-villain. The world however, seems to have forgotten them and now they are on their own.

Thanos (played with majestic gravity by Josh Brolin) the villain is the reason why we have all gathered here today (all, on screen and down below clapping and cheering). Thanos is a villain by default. He believes the world needs more than a slew of super-heroes to make it relevant. And he is right. But his plan too has major flaws. He seems to have underestimated the level of planning the Avengers went through. Sure things didn’t go butter smooth for our heroes, but if they didn’t would the movie even be fun

For many, this is where the problem lies- in this posh but pale send off to the beloved Marvel super-heroes. Its lineup of heroes (which includes many cameo appearances by beloved heroes, male and female, whom we may have forgotten) seems like a bunch of determined folks who would risk their lives once more to save the world. At the same time, the heroes have come to grips with the fact that they are no match for tonal supremacy of Thanos. And they know it. The narrative therefore revels in their exciting presence enjoying their post-prime existence.

Over the years, the avengers seem to have changed, with Bruce Banner making his peace with Hulk, Tony Stark is no longer a recluse genius who doesn’t think before he does anything, Captain America, however, seems to be the only one who wasn’t changed much by the effects of the snap. Chris Hemsworth's Thor is shown to be potbellied beer-guzzling former idol, now idle. Hemsworth as well as the other hugely popular super-heroines seem to enjoy themselves as they create magic on the silver screen.

One flaw in the film is that everybody is shown taking him or herself dead seriously. This is probably because of the fact that they are on a tight schedule and messing with time could get them more than they actually bargained for. In the first half of the movie, a few scenes seem like guests that have long overstayed welcome. In one early sequence when the plot is trying to build itself up into a universally likable construct, a half-eaten sandwich plays an important part. The super-heroes are constantly shown searching for their relevance in a world that seems to have left them for themselves.

By the time the great war between the super-heroes and Thanos's malevolent kingdom breaks out and this is clearly what we've all been waiting for, the audience is oohing and aahing at every twist and turn. The well constructed plot derives its primary energy from the various eras that the superheroes visit via a time machine whose presence suggests an all new tangent in the MCU.

The way that the movie deals with time travel is something of a joke in itself but at its core, it is simple and a plot that makes it easy to understand and not complicate matters for the audience. 'Avengers Endgame' is a surge of temporal spectacle that begs to be supported by something more than mere idol-worship. What we get is not so much the end of an era as a marathon farewell episode to a saga that is clearly in the mood for a re-invention.