Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame ★★★★

The audience I saw this with, at 730 in a regular mall theatre, was pretty wonderful. Very much into the movie, laughing at the funny points, shocked and sad at the shocking and sad points. They cheered and applauded the Star Wars trailer. The guy sitting next to me was super into the movie, reacting physically and occasionally vocally at every twist or reveal. Been a long time since I've been in a sold out crowd that was this excited to be watching a movie together. Opening night of The Force Awakens was probably the last time. Which is fitting I suppose, because this movie isn't about anything but the idea that being around other people is pretty neat.

Well, it's really about itself, about the decade of 20+ movies that have led to this point. Marvel finally succeeding in making a movie almost completely about itself, an ouroboros of intellectual property, referring only to its own antecedents, the primary pleasures of which are nostalgia for movies we saw one time, a few years ago. That those movies weren't very good (The Dark World plays a big role) is beside the point, because we experienced them, together, they become meaningful to us. Never have so many been so serviced by such a large corporation. They'll get all our money.

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