The first wave of reviews are rolling in before Thursday’s release of Avengers: Endgame.
By the looks of it, the finale is a heart-pumping rollercoaster ride of excitement and emotions. But, let’s be honest, did we really expect anything less from the highly anticipated culmination of a generation-spanning franchise?
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Here’s what the film buffs have to say about it. (Don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers. We wouldn’t do that to you.)
Brian Lowry, CNN
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
“Watching Endgame, with its ribbons of poignancy and genuine artfulness, one gets the feeling that any series can get good when it’s had 22 chances to practice. That long runway doesn’t make you appreciate the finery any less, though; in a maybe perverse way, the Avengers, their allies, and their enemies have earned our respect.”
Olly Richards, NME
“There really is very little that could be improved about Endgame. There’s certainly no more that could be thrown at it. Whether your heart belongs to the original team or one of the newbies, you’ll see them get their time to shine. You will almost certainly cry. Probably more than once. Is it the best comic-book movie ever? The Dark Knight could give it a very good fight, but Endgame has more fighters on its team. It might just win.”
Helen, O’Hara, Empire
“A victory lap that moonwalks through the best part of the MCU back catalogue and emphasises emotion as much as action, this is an intensely satisfying piece of blockbuster filmmaking.”
Hugh Armitage and Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy
“The fourth Avengers movie had so many demands and expectations weighing upon it. Despite some flaws, there’s no denying that this is a truly impressive achievement and a worthy conclusion to a story years in the making.”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Avengers: Endgame is of course entirely preposterous and, yes, the central plot device here does not, in itself, deliver the shock of the new. But the sheer enjoyment and fun that it delivers, the pure exotic spectacle, are irresistible, as is its insouciant way of combining the serious and the comic. Without the comedy, the drama would not be palatable. Yet without the earnest, almost childlike belief in the seriousness of what is at stake, the funny stuff would not work either. As an artificial creation, the Avengers have been triumphant, and as entertainment, they have been unconquerable.”
Tasha Robinson, The Verge
“Much like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it will inevitably anger some viewers, who won’t get the specific payoffs they wanted. And it’ll lose some viewers entirely, either through its tangled storylines, or its dedication to dark, sad emotions instead of the triumph that usually comes with superhero stories. But for a certain brand of fan, the ones that care about who these characters are, where they started, and what they’ve become over time, this is going to be an experience like nothing else they’ve seen onscreen.”
‘Avengers: Endgame’ is released on April 25.
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