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ethan cartwright’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
really wish I didn't hate this as much as I did. there is stuff in here to appreciate and this does do a great job tying up the narrative, but this is nevertheless littered with the problems of the MCU. the action still looks horrible (audibly groaned when Thanos's CGI army was brought back) and is poorly directed. almost every emotional moment here is either preceded or followed by some stupid quip that negates whatever we're supposed to be feeling. couple performances in this stand out with Renner and Downey Jr, but others are just flat-out embarassing (mainly looking at you, Ruffalo). the LGBT and feminist representations are such jokes -- to have a director's cameo be your first openly gay "character" in a 22-film franchise is such a cheap move.
maybe I'm being too harsh, but it's genuinely terrifying to me that most everyone is treating this as a cinematic masterpiece. you can like it, you can hate it, but it's still just a vehicle designed to make money for the largest media conglomerate in history and frankly saying that this movie is "for the fans" is ludicrous. theaters were required to stay open for over 72 hours straight just so Disney could make a larger profit on opening weekend. independent films that have enough trouble with exhibition as it is have been pushed out of theaters because of Endgame. the fact that this will become the highest-grossing movie ever made will make executives want to make more films like this with less regard to creative directors and screenwriters. Avengers: Endgame isn't the "death of cinema" but it will make it so much harder for other independent and arthouse films to be financed or shown. but hey maybe in the next one we'll see Hulk fight Wolverine, right?