By Cassandra Nelson
Personally, I have found the most recent Marvel movies that have emerged in 2019 to be strikingly disappointing, including Ant-Man and The Wasp, Thor: Ragnarok, and Captain Marvel. Upon the release of Avengers: Infinity War, I decided to stop criticizing the Marvel movies so strictly. I was critical of them because I thought they were cheesy, plagued with too much unnecessary humor, and rich with unrealistic, poor CGI quality. Avengers: Infinity War was one of the only Marvel movies to show potential to redeem the superhero industry, as it was a movie the whole world was talking about.
Still, while it was entertaining, it seemed almost overrated and undeserving of the incredibly high rating it received. And while I do admit to being overly deprecatory of superhero movies for constantly succeeding in being unimpressive, Avengers: Endgame was one of the best movies of 2019 not just as a Marvel movie but as one of the most important cinematic masterpieces of its time.
The film skillfully manipulates the audience’s emotions so that the majority of people leaving the theater are in tears. As CA Media Arts senior Kelly Yu described her experience watching the film, “I’ve never laughed, cried, and screamed all at once in one sitting.” The only recommendation I hope to provide those who have yet to see the movie is that it is a three-hour movie with no intermissions, so refrain from drinking too much water to avoid missing a vital scene for a bathroom break. While not every second of the movie is as important as the next, each scene is necessary to lead the audience through a whirlwind of emotions, and even the scenes purely meant to be funny are ones not to be missed.
I give this film masterpiece status because it is one of the only ones to pull off combining 13 Marvel superhero movies into one bone-chilling finale. Yet despite its incorporation of Marvel superheros from previous films, even those in the audience who failed to see any Marvel movie except Avengers: Infinity War admitted to being struck with awe after having watched it. It’s critical, however, that those who want to see Avengers: Endgame at least watch Avengers: Infinity War beforehand in order to understand the premise of the former, which acts as a “Part 2” of the latter. It is not necessary to watch Captain Marvel before Avengers: Endgame, but many Marvel fans recommend it so that the audience is acquainted with the new character introduced, Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Captain Marvel).
The comedy in this film was never unnecessarily dragged out, and never did it pull me out of the element as it did with previous Marvel films like Thor: Ragnarok and Captain Marvel. But while it was not a nuisance to people like me who criticize Marvel’s most recent decision to incorporate humor in their films, it was also funny enough to satisfy those in the audience who appreciate the comedy over the action. Therefore, both the humor-haters and the humor-lovers walked away satisfied with the laughs they got from watching.
And the emotional scenes were crafted just as beautifully. Every emotional scene provided the audience with a powerful experience that never once failed to draw tears. The theater was every so often filled with either screaming, crying, or laughing, and while my experience in a public theater was different because I attended a showing with my Senior class, I can only assume the emotional rollercoaster Avengers: Endgame takes the audience on would make any theater showing a loud one. So expect an active fellow audience.
All in all, Avengers: Endgame deserves 10 out of 10 stars. I can see no flaws and no bland points of the film. Each passing second of this final Avengers movie was valuable and resounding to each individual in the theater. If you haven’t seen it yet, I urge you to reserve your seat immediately. You won’t be disappointed.