Mini-Review: “AVENGERS: ENDGAME”

LIKED IT; DIDN’T DIG IT.

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It was just … okay.

In disclosure, I was a comic book collector and dealer for years. “Black Panther” was my favorite film of 2018 (with “Stan and Ollie”), and I’m a huge fan of many of Marvel’s films, particularly “Captain America: Civil War” and “Captain America: Winter Soldier.” I have no prejudice for or against the material; I try to judge these films on their individual merits.

“Avengers: Endgame” to me, while on its way to becoming among the most financially successful films ever made, earned its stripes as the final episode of a near-50-hour saga. I’m impressed with how Marvel capped off their 20-some-odd film series. I also very much appreciate the fact that comic book movies are taken seriously, and quality films will continue to be made from them.

My issue with “The Avengers” films is that by and large they are big, noisy, and soulless for me. This one was no exception. I get emotionally invested with (many of) the “Star Wars” films, and some of the X-Men films, but for whatever reason not these. As such, I feel as though I’m watching from a distance.

I get emotionally invested with the “Planet of the Apes” franchise as well. Amazing all of the above are now owned by a single company, but I digress.

All that said, I certainly didn’t think “Avengers: Endgame” was a bad film by any stretch. I found it boring at times, and patronizing at others, but it was well made and most of the audience clearly enjoyed it. But it lacked the singular vision of a “Black Panther,” or the clever script of “Civil War.” It was what many wanted it to be, unlike by comparison the Disney “Star Wars” films which started taking major risks and in return alienated some of the longtime fan base.

I believe risks are necessary. Yes, I’m a “The Last Jedi” fan, speaking of. Regardless, with the acknowledgement that there is synergy desired with existing source material, I don’t consider “The Avengers” films to be risky at all. They take very few chances, and leave this viewer cold.

So, while I guess I’m just a boring old fart when it comes to “The Avengers” films, I admire the work and how the series tied together. Still love the comics, though.

Excelsior.

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Joel Eisenberg is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. The Oscar in the profile pic isn’t his but he’s scheming. WGA and Pen America member.

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