Following the capital punishment of Thanos, the entire world with its population halved, recovers slowly from the aftermath
Writing a review for "Avengers: Endgame" when I spent my entire geek life fighting for DC comics, should be a satisfying experience. Any DC comics fan worth his salt, will probably cackle maniacally while finding plot holes in the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, directors of "Endgame" Anthony and Joe Russo have made such an epic conclusion, that spans a whopping 22 films, that I am sure DC fans will have to tip their hats in appreciation.
I know I have.
Let us start with the plot, which will be summarized shortly for the 181 minute-long feature. The film picks up from where "Infinity War" ended. The Avengers with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk and et al find Thanos in retirement, and promptly decapitates him, after finding out that he had destroyed the infinity stones.
This happens in the first half an hour of the film, that I missed unfortunately, as even the line for collecting tickets purchased online, was "that" long. The race for "Endgame" tickets at the three multiplexes of the capital is something I will remember for a lifetime. The online server of Blockbuster Cinemas and Star Cineplex repeatedly crashed, and we ended up purchasing our tickets at dawn, before the release of "Endgame." Still we missed a solid 30 minutes of the film.
Following the capital punishment of Thanos, the entire world with its population halved, recovers slowly from the aftermath. The environment has become cleaner expectedly, and Captain America is now a support group leader, which I among few people who watched "Captain America: Civil War" saw coming. The glaring conflict of the film turns out to be "what happened to the other half, and can they be brought back?
Paul Rudd's Antman comes out of the quantum realm as his beloved Wasp vanished, and was taken by surprise at the apparent lack of people around his neighbourhood. He thankfully finds that his daughter is not among the "vanished," but five years older now. It is then that Antman realizes time works differently in quantum realm.
Consequently, he seeks out the remaining Avengers to go on a mission, that involves time travelling, collecting the infinity stones before they were found by Thanos, and undoing the massive destruction that ensued. If you want to know more, go ahead and watch it, as every moment of the film will be worthwhile.
The comedy was on point, with Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper bringing their A game in giving one-liners and sarcastic quips. Welcome addition to their comedy gang was Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, whose comedic moments are based more on her powers, than dialogues.
The sadness of a tragedy as big, as shown in "Infinity War," was well done. Especially Thor's sadness, which reminded everyone of their mid-life crisis; in which people usually drink and eat their way out of depression. Although Thor's crisis was more funny than sad, for the people who were watching the film with me.
As for the action, let me just tell you the battles at the long lines for the tickets were absolutely worth it. The last hour of the film, I hardly heard anything, as the geeks around me were deafeningly jubilant in their appreciation of the cameos and the battles. And let me just reveal that allusions and tributes to the past 21 films were plentiful.
If anyone is not interested in Marvel films, or the superhero genre in general, they should not definitely not be ostracized or reprimanded for missing out on this. However, I still request them to forgive the geek community's unbound hype for this film, because "Endgame" was truly epic.