Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame (2019)


Avengers: Endgame

"If I tell you what happens, it won't happen." - Dr. Strange.

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Title: Avengers: Endgame
Genre: Fantasy, Science-fiction
Series: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Screenplay: Christoper Marcus and Stephen McFeely
Stars: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Danai Gurira, and others.
Ticket: IDR 45.000.00 at Cinemaxx Depok Town Square

Based on The Avengers by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.


After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe.


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Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the longest super hero series that does exist in Hollywood. Even though those series is very popular and most of my friends are following this series, I ain't part of them. I am not a big fan of super hero movie, to be honest. I don't really interest with this kind of genre.

Then, one day, one of my friend invite me to watch this movie along with our others friend. She invited me to watch Avengers: Endgame - the latest movie from MCU. At first, I feel a little bit hesitate to watch, but since I have a spare time and need some refreshment, I decided to agree and help her to order the tickets. 

Actually, from all off 22 movies, I only - literally watch - two of them, which are Dr. Strange and Black Panther. So, honestly, I don't have any idea how to interpret Avengers: Endgame because I didn't follow the previous movies - that exactly related to this movie, such as Avenger: Infinity War.

When the movie begin, I have to admit that I am clueless. I don't know how the story goes on and who is the important character there. But, seems like Marvel still can captivate me because, as the movie goes on, I started to understand the whole story. Even though I still raised my eyebrow sometimes - because I didn't recognized the character - but after all, I can enjoy the movie.

The story begins with the remaining Avenger - Bruce Banners (Mark Ruffalo), Steven Rogers (Chris Evans), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanov (Scarlet Johansson), and James Rhodes  (Don Cheadle) - went to where Thanos living in seclusion. They intend to retake the infinity stone to reverse what Thanos did. Unfortunately, Thanos has been destroyed all of the stone to prevent further use. After that, Thor couldn't manage his anger and suddenly beheaded Thanos.

Five years later, some miracle happen. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has succeeded escapes from the quantum realm. Then, Lang got an idea to travel back in time and stopping Thanos in the past. Even though there is some reluctance from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to build the time machine, but after he talked with his wife, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), he finally agree to help build the time machine. 

All of the Avengers agree to take the infinity stone in the past and try to undo what Thanos did in the future. Banners, Rogers, Lang, and Stark went to New York City in 2012. They intended to take the Time Stone, Mind Stone, and also the Space Stone. Then, Rocket and Thor travel to Asgard in 2013. They tried to retrieve the Reality stone from Jane Foster. Nebula and Rhodes travel to Morag in 2014. They tried to steal the Power Stone before Peter Quill can. Last, Barton and Romanoff went to Vormir and tried to get to Soul Stone.

Avengers: Endgame. (image: Visual Cocain, edited by me)
Well, just like another movie, their first step was going really smooth. But, until Nebula (Karen Gillan) got some connection with her past self. This connection at the end, make Thanos knows about what the future would be and the temptation from the Avengers to undo his action in the future. In the result, the future Nebula is trapped in the past and the past Nebula disguise as her future self and try to broke the Avenger's plan.

To be honest, I like the way Marvel execute this movie. With the more or less three hours duration, I think this movie is kind of worth it. I could feel the thrilling scene, the funny part - especially about Thor, and also their frustration when everything couldn't goes pretty well. I like the movie as a whole - and make me curious about the previous movie.

But, maybe, about the time travel itself, I still couldn't understand, how can the future and the past Nebula could meet? I think, it's just impossible. Even though there's some explanations that will be another different concept of time, still, I think the past could affecting the present, and then the future. So, most likely it would be possible if the past Nebula can meet the Future Nebula.

Then, although I didn't following the movies from the very start, it still feel very heart-breaking when Tony Stark couldn't make it until the end. He deserves all of the greatness after all. Well, he is someone who will care other first rather than himself. 

So, if anyone ask me, do you now interest to watch the other MCU movies? I would like to say, "Yes, I do!". Maybe it's so damn too late to watch it, but I think it doesn't mater after all.

How about you, guys? Are you the MCU fans? Well, maybe we can discuss about this universe together.

Sincerely,

Puji P. Rahayu

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