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Josef’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
"Everybody wants a happy ending, right? But it doesn't always roll that way. Maybe this time. I'm hoping if you play this back... it's in celebration. I hope families are reunited. I hope we get it back, in somewhat like a normal version of the planet has been restored, if there ever was such a thing."
There's something so perfect about this film, movie's like The rise of Sky-walker and Justice League (2017) have also tried to make this big finale full of action, heart, humor, drama, and care. But the other two do such a terrible job at this, Rise of Sky-walker feels so generic, basic, and just very safe and takes no risks, but couldn't that be criticism for Endgame? The thing that makes Endgame work is that there's a perfect balance to all the things that make it great and actually has care, these movie's care for the character's, unlike the other two in my opinion. I also ask you to at least read my review before I get hated on in the comments, you don't have to agree with me but you can at least respect my opinion. There's something so personal about these characters, Iv'e been watching these movies since I was a little kid watching Iron man. I remember the excitement of seeing Avengers (2012) in theaters and whenever I watch Endgame I get that same excitement. Watching Endgame (I have to brag for a second on how I got to see Endgame opening weekend at a private showing from Disney because my friends dad works at Disney, they even skipped the trailers) in theaters is an experience I will never forget and it remains the best theater experience Iv'e ever had, and even though this is my 7th or so viewing I still jump in my seat, I still get chills, and I still cry at that ending.
"God, what a world. Universe now. If you told me 10 years ago that we weren't alone, let alone you know to this extent... I mean, I wouldn't have been surprised. But come on, you know. That epic forces of darkness and light that have come into play. And for better or worse, that's the reality Morgan's going to find a way to grow up in. So I found a private area to record a little greeting in case of an untimely death on my part. Not that death at any time is ever timely."
I love this movie's themes, while Infinity war is all about how you're not always going to win which I love, this film is about becoming a greater person and this whole film is just very inspiring. I love all these characters, just simple interactions between my favorite heroes is just so amazing, the best example of this is Hawk eye and Wanda's interaction, or having Spider-Man fly through the sky interacting with different heroes gives me such a warm feeling. While Thanos isn't has good here he's still great, he's like when you have a really good sketch so you feel confident, but when you try again it's nothing like the first sketch. I also think Thor is great here, it's not just a cheap joke, the whole beginning is showing how they all dealt with their shared trauma. I love the very beginning when they kill Thanos, they think it's going to be some big epic battle but it's not, they kill him, but they've lost, their vengeance didn't make them feel better, and it didn't help anything. I also love Thor's quest on working on himself, and fulfilling his own destiny. Hulks character was perfectly fine, It's about how he dealt with his trauma and it's actually a pretty good character ark. This whole movie is about it's characters and it shows, all their arks are absolute perfection. I also want to say how much I love Rocket in this, especially when he hugs Groot when he thinks he might die, and when he comforts Nebula. I also love Iron man in this so much, his ark is so beautiful. I think his death scene killed a part of me, he get's that perfect hero movie and again, I love it. Captain Americas ark is also remarkable, from Avengers 2012 to this, it's just so, so, so, so, so, so GOOD! This movie is what made me love Captain America. I also loved Hawk eyes redemption ark, while I love Black Widow it makes more sense for her to jump due to his family and at least we'll get that Hawk eye show that already looks amazing! I really liked the comedy here, it never ruins the moment, everything is very balanced, there's never to much comedy, to much sadness, or to much action, It's perfectly balanced has all things should be. While I can admit it definitely has respectable criticisms, I just love that this movie can make me laugh, jump in my seat, give me chills, and make me cry of joy and sadness, and no movie has accomplished that before, or at least to the same extent. I'm shocked I can watch Ant-Man seeing his daughter 5 years later and still cry even though Iv'e seen this film 7 times.
"This time travel thing that we are going to pull off tomorrow... it's got me scratching my head about the survivability of all this. But then again that's the hero gig. Part of the journey is the end. What am I tripping for? Everything is going to work out exactly the way it's supposed to."
I don't know what more I could've ever asked for, I don't really have any complaints. It's impossible for me to even pick a favorite moment, ones that come to mind are when Stark runs into his dad or Steve dancing with Peggy. The second act isn't nearly has good as the other two but that's not saying I didn't have an absolute blast with it! This may be the quickest 3 hour long movie ever, it goes by in a snap. Nebula was actually a stand out in this for me, even through the absolute hell these characters go through they are all still heroes. This wasn't just a great conclusion to these characters, it was a great movie that gave me everything I wanted plus WAY more.
"I love you 3000.