Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

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After the misunderstanding that prevented me from seeing Endgame last weekend (as explained in last Sunday’s post about how to deal with disappointment), and surviving the Important Annual Event at work (see April in Review), I was beyond excited to see Endgame on Friday. This is actually really difficult to review without spoilers, which is part of the reason I’m posting later than I normally do, because it took a while to get it right. This is also going to be a shorter post than usual. I’m considering coming back to this topic in a few months after more people have had a chance to see the movie, and talking about a few things in more depth then. In the meantime, here are my spoiler-free thoughts.

Tone

When I left the theater after Infinity War last year, I was a little unsettled. The end of the movie was just so bleakOf course we all knew going in that it was essentially a two part film, and I expected the midpoint resolution to be really bad for the heroes (especially since I have, of course, read the Infinity War comic books multiple times), but it was even darker than I expected. I was thinking there would at least be a nod to the future, when one of the characters dramatically said something about fighting on, or “it’s not over”…but nope.

Screenshot 2019-05-05 at 12.54.48 PMEndgame picks up just as dark, so if you haven’t seen it, be forewarned. The good news is that the grim hopelessness lasts just long enough to make you want it to stop, and then it does, leaving the viewer with an emotional resonance that makes the introduction of hope welcome and impactful.

The rest of the film is more balanced, blending seriousness, humor, setbacks and achievements carefully and effectively. Be prepared for a lot of ups and downs, and several emotional gut punches.

The End of an Era

Infinity War and Endgame have been a long time coming, and had a big job to do. The MCU is the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, with more than twenty movies spanning over a decade. What began with Iron Man back in 2008 continuously expanded in terms of characters, metaplot, and fictional world development, and then narrowed with laser focus to two movies that had to bring it all to a resolution. And after all that time, all that buildup, and a fanbase that is as huge as it is demanding, that resolution had to be epic.

And it was.

Again, I don’t do spoilers, so I’m going to keep it vague, but here’s generally what you can expect:

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  • The resolution of several major interpersonal and intrapersonal conflicts that have underscored multiple films. Hatchets get buried. Personal demons are laid to rest. People find what they’ve been looking for (sometimes within themselves). The characters grow, and change, and yes, by the end some do exit center stage while others have been developed enough to take a prominent role in the next era.
  • Some revisiting of some of the most iconic moments of the MCU, creating nostalgia while still moving the Endgame  plot forward.
  • Seriously cool fight scenes, especially in the third act.

Also, you will most likely totally fall in love with Nebula. I know I did.

 

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Let’s discuss the MCU, but please keep it spoiler-free.

32 thoughts on “Worth Watching: Endgame

  1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    I love nebulas! The Horse Head Nebula, The Orion Nebula… 😁

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        I’m picking. 😊

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      2. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        I do love Nebulas though. Not sure if you ever have seen one. But if not, you should!

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  2. Yey! So glad it was worth the wait 🙂

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  3. DrC says:

    To say End game was awesome won’t do it true justice! An epic end to a 10-year franchise! Just amazing. I literally had palpitation watching those final minutes. Craaaaazy!

    I got so hyped, I wrote a touching tribute to Stan Lee. The post has gone viral, you should check it out.

    https://lifehackswithdrc.com/like-stan-the-greatest-love-story/

    Cheers

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  4. typicscroll2790 says:

    I just saw it today with my brother and nephew and was blown away by a few scenes. It was a great way to cap off an historic 22 film run.

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  5. It’s good to know you were finally able to see it. I agree that it’s real difficult to talk about it without spoilers. If I didn’t do my blog a certain way, I would totally do a review.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I definitely did some serious thinking on this post.

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  6. I am so glad you finally got to see it.
    Although I enjoyed Iron Man and Dr Strange I don’t really “get” the rest of the series.

    Nice review though !

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  7. masercot says:

    You are right about the ending of the first one. I almost threw a shoe at my television when they started fading out…

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      It worked from a story structure perspective, but I found it less than satisfying.

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  8. I don’t get to see it for a couple weeks …so I totally avoided reading this post so as to avoid spoilers.

    So far away.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      It was hard to write a spoiler free review.

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  9. Definitely worth watching!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I feel like I’ve been waiting for this movie since I was a kid reading comic books (way before that was “cool”, lol). It was such a great experience (both times, because I had to see it again).

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  10. Simon says:

    I saw this last week too -am-a-zing! I jave to say you do kind of fall in love with Nebula in this film, it’s like she comes home.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I hope to see a lot more of her in future movies.

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      1. Simon says:

        I think we will… She’s a contradiction so that makes her interesting 😀

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  11. Sam R says:

    I won’t lie, I cried so much over this movie, more than I did in Infinity War. I do find some things problematic with the movie especially with what Captain does in the end. But besides the problems I have, the movie was amazing nonetheless

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I had a few issues with it, too, including some ambivalence on the ending. On the whole I loved it, but I’ll freely admit that there were a few things I would have liked to see handled a little differently.

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  12. I look forward to seeing it now that you recommend it, I’m going to read your article after I see it next week.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I hope you enjoy it!

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  13. alexraphael says:

    Loved it loved it loved it

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  14. Thanks for the review! Blessings✨

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