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Avengers: Endgame Movie Review - Tears and Triumph

Who will live? Who will die? Who will return?

Apr 26, 2019
Avengers: Endgame Movie Review - Tears and Triumph - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Apr 26, 2019
( Rating: 5 Star Rating)

Kidzworld caught a screening of Avengers: Endgame. It’s a joyful and tearful wrap-up to a decade of entertaining Avengers action. Check out our movie review.

By: Lynn Barker

In Avengers: Endgame, it is three weeks after Thanos (voice of James Brolin) used the Infinity Stones to disintegrate half of all life. The remaining Avengers gradually reunite but never at full thrust until Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) returns from the Quantum Realm, discovers what horrors have befallen our planet and advises the group that time travel is possible in the Realm. The Avengers decide to try to go back in time and retrieve the stones before Thanos ever gets them. Do they have any chance of success?

The Avengers hope time travel worksThe Avengers hope time travel worksCourtesy of Marvel Studios

Avengers: Endgame Trailer

 

After the Fall

We see Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) enjoying life with his family when, poof, they all disappear!

Hawkeye teaches his daughterHawkeye teaches his daughterCourtesy of Marvel Studios

Captain Marvel helps outCaptain Marvel helps outCourtesy of Marvel Studios

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are stuck in a ship in deep space. They are rescued by Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel and are returned to Earth with Tony near death.  

Thor meets Captain MarvelThor meets Captain Marvel

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Rocket Raccoon (voice of Bradley Cooper), a slobby and drunk Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle) all unite to find Thanos to take back the Infinity Stones but he says he has already destroyed them to prevent any further use. Beyond angry, Thor decapitates him.

Thor powers upThor powers upCourtesy of Marvel Studios

Five Years Later

Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) trapped in the Quantum Realm knows nothing of the disaster on Earth. When he escapes, he finds Natasha and Steve at the Avengers' HQ. He tells them he thinks the Quantum Realm will facilitate time travel. What if the remaining Avengers could go back in time and retrieve the Infinity Stones before Thanos gets them?

Tony and Steve will leadTony and Steve will leadCourtesy of Marvel Studios

They propose the idea to Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) who has married girlfriend Pepper and has a young daughter named Morgan. He doesn’t want to get involved. On thinking of young Peter Parker/Spider Man who disintegrated, he changes his mind and creates a device to stabilize time travel through the Quantum Realm.  

Ant-Man (Scott Lang) has a solutionAnt-Man (Scott Lang) has a solutionCourtesy of Marvel Studios

Separate Assignments

Natasha goes to find Clint/Hawkeye who has become a killer vigilante after the disintegration of his entire family. He is convinced to re-join the group. In order to get and bring back all of the stones, the remainder of the Avengers split off into groups to accomplish the mission.

Natasha (Black Widow) looks for HawkeyeNatasha (Black Widow) looks for HawkeyeCourtesy of Marvel Studios

Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, and Tony Stark go back to New York City in 2012. Bruce Banner visits Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum and convinces the Sorceress, the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) to give him the Time Stone but she warns him of the consequences of taking the Infinity Stones from the past so he promises to return them eventually. Steve Rogers fights undercover Hydra agents and his own 2012 self to get back the Mind Stone, but Stark's attempt to steal another stone fails and Loki escapes with it. Rogers and Stark go to the U.S. Army's Camp Lehigh where they steal an earlier version of the stone from Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).

Bruce Banner tries to formulate a planBruce Banner tries to formulate a planCourtesy of Marvel Studios

Meanwhile

Rocket and Thor travel to Asgard in 2013 to get the Reality Stone from Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Thor gets his former hammer, Mjolnir back. Clint Barton and  Natasha Romanoff travel to Vormir in 2014 and learn from the Soul Stone's keeper, the Red Skull, that it can only be retrieved by sacrificing what they love. One will sacrifice for the other’s safety. On Morag in 2014, Nebula and Rhodes steal the Power Stone before Peter Quill can. Rhodey returns to the present with the Power Stone, but Nebula’s implants connect with her past self revealing the Avenger’s entire plan to Thanos through her. Thanos sends the loyal past version of Nebula to replace our current version as a spy in the Avengers’ camp.

A sad Nebula and RocketA sad Nebula and RocketCourtesy of Marvel Studios

Final Battle?

With all the Infinity Stones collected, Bruce Banner uses them to restore everyone that Thanos disintegrated but the 2014 spy version of Nebula uses the time machine to transport Thanos and his ship to the present day and he attacks the Avengers' headquarters. Are all of the Avengers now destroyed? Can anyone succeed at winning a final battle against Thanos? Will more Avengers return to join their colleagues?

Black Widow (Natasha) wonders if she will surviveBlack Widow (Natasha) wonders if she will surviveCourtesy of Marvel Studios

Wrapping Up

The final installment in the Avengers’ adventures is epic, heart-rending, very funny and all-encompassing. All personal loose ends are tied up, some with happy, some with sad results. There are amazing battles and our heroes take more beatings than you have seen before but they fight with more heart than ever before. They will lose some of their ranks and retain others but their resolve has never been stronger and you will feel it.

Black Widow and Hawkeye face a tough testBlack Widow and Hawkeye face a tough testCourtesy of Marvel Studios

The film is a visual effects feast but never without the character development that drives the action. Robert Downey Jr. has never been better as his Iron Man/Tony Stark character shows us more of his “softer” side and more courage than we’ve ever seen in the past.

Tony Stark with his trashed Iron Man maskTony Stark with his trashed Iron Man maskCourtesy of Marvel Studios

Humor is well balanced with the action and dramatic character exchanges. The film is very long but we realize the length is needed to give a satisfying wrap-up to a multitude of character relationships developed over the years. I feel most fans will be satisfied with this final film although the ending is a mixed bag of tears and triumph. We can’t imagine how a more complete ending could have been accomplished so we award five stars.

Avengers: Endgame Movie Rating: 5

Courtesy of Marvel Studios

See Avengers: Endgame in theaters now!

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