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Avengers: Endgame is a big, ambitious, messy spectacle with some of the largest setpieces ever dedicated to film in its climax. As fun as it is, it’s not a terribly well-tuned movie. Unfortunately, it’s quite messy.
If you aren’t the kind of person who can’t enjoy a superhero movie when it isn’t transcendently excellent like The Dark Knight or Logan then you aren’t going to be getting much out of this film. The movie is fundamentally a spectacle, driving home moments of fanservice that pay off longstanding story arcs in the other 21 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the end, these moments are just moments in a much less focused whole.
Russo - Brothers - Directors - Coherency - Heft
The Russo Brothers are very talented directors but they struggle with thematic coherency and dramatic heft. They can direct a film excellently and they’re very well tuned to the tastes of the majority 15-35 male demographic that these movies are largely being produced for. Unfortunately, they struggle to create film’s that work on levels beyond those tastes. Their best film to date is easily Captain America: The Winter Soldier which multiple critics of late have started to contest hasn’t aged all that well in the past five years (although it is still quite good).
They struggle to dramatize the ideas and morals their stories are supposed to be about and end up producing movies that either work by shocking the audience into submission (Infinity War) or groove on fun dialog and character interactions without much solid structure to root their stories in. Avengers: Endgame is the latter. There aren’t many extremely surprising or...
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