Writing Movie “WRONGS”
By Jim West
Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) got its real kickoff with Iron Man back in 2008. Robert Downey Jr was born to portray Tony Stark. A decade later and 22 films in what will obviously go down in cinematic history as a feat never before seen or dreamed that a narrative could last a decade with several stories intertwined in the manner these films were done. This film brings the culmination of a decade worth of storytelling to a satisfying and bittersweet close. Truly an Endgame in every sense of the word indeed. My hats off to the two writers for finding the right balance of dark and light moments, drama and humor, and taking the time to allow so many characters to share the screen and each have their moments to shine. Well done and not an easy feat as a runtime of just over 3 hours proves tricky as much film had to been edited out to get the film as fast paced as it was. It is almost certain there will be a director’s cut or extended edition to come out one day. After seeing this film back to back on opening night, and getting to really take in the story and catch many details written into the film expertly well; this review will be a ‘Writing a Movie RIGHT’.
Here comes the spoilers.
The film starts off with Hawkeye, Clint Barton, showing his daughter how to shoot a bow and arrow. The snap occurs and quickly reminds us the horrible loss the Avengers faced at the end of Infinity War with the infamous Thanos “snap”. We get quickly caught up with our remaining heroes and soon Tony Stark is back from outer space. Stark and Captain America still are at odds with one another since events from Civil War and the loss in Infinity War. Tony upset and angry leaves the group to move on with his life. Captain Marvel assists the rest of the team comprised of Dr. Banner, Iron Patriot, Nebula, Rocket, Black Widow, Captain America, and Thor to locate Thanos and fight him to get the Infinity Gauntlet back so they can undo the snap. When they arrive and confront Thanos it is revealed that he used the stones one last time to destroy them. Another crushing defeat for the Avengers. Then the screen goes black and it is five years later. This is emotionally gut wrenching seeing our heroes try to cope with loss and feeling hopeless. Yet hope sometimes comes from the smallest places, and in this film the smallest Avenger in Ant Man.
Ant Man returns from the Quantum Realm and for his these five years were only a few hours to him. He tells the team that they can utilize the Quantum Realm to time travel and sets a plan for them to run a “Time Heist” for the Infinity Stones. This by itself is where the film really shines. Seeing how they brought back earlier films and scenes in the MCU was simply brilliant. So much on display to close out character storylines and arcs. Tony Stark with his father was amazing. Captain America had so many great scenes that fans will love and cheer for. At this point I want to simply stop with the spoilers. Most of the world will end up seeing Endgame and if you have not – go see this cinematic event and brings home a long running epic narrative told across 22 films in an achievement that perhaps no other series will ever be able to do. Other than make this film longer, there is not much that can be improved upon the story. Sure they could go into greater details on the Quantum Realm or take more time with certain characters, but this film leaves very little wasted time in getting things moving fast.
I feel the fans will absolutely adore this film, and seeing how characters we have grown to love across the past decade are sent off is just bittersweet, heartbreaking, and in the end you will find yourself smiling and maybe tearing up at the same time. Thank you Stan Lee. Thank you Jack Kirby. Thank you Marvel. The bar is now set extremely high. No going back now. Ever upward. Excelsior!
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