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MAY 3, 2019

AVENGERS:ENDGAME BREAKS ALL OPENING WEEKEND RECORDS BY ETHAN MULLER LA MIRADA HIGH SCHOOL Normally, the opening lines of any professional movie review would offer an interesting hook to make readers have some sort of intrigue as to what a certain film offers, such as an anecdote from the critic or something similar. But as I tried to write out my honest opinions on Avengers: Endgame I found that to be completely unnecessary: The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) ETHAN is so ingrained into MULLER the popular culture of today that trying to introduce it to anyone would be completely pointless. If you are reading this review, you already know what to expect, so I shall deliver: Avengers: Endgame is a crowning achievement in cinematic history where somehow, an epic-length, ensemblecasted culmination of 21 films could be both completely gratifying while also leaving me wanting to see more. Literally everything from the performances of every actor and actress, the intense and frankly indistinguishable from real-life special effects, to the grandiose musical score by Alan Silvestri, to even the plot which incorporates mechanics

of sci-fi that are incredibly difficult to do correctly have all been done to what probably will be the highest quality film the franchise will ever achieve. Shocker, I know, but that’s what one should expect from the Russo Brothers and company. The plot itself concerns the aftermath of the previous MCU film, Avengers: Infinity War: Thanos has won and half of all life is completely eradicated. The Avengers - at least what are left of them, now joined by newcomer Captain Marvel, the previously MIA Hawkeye, and the also MIA Ant-Man, come together to try and finally put a stop to Thanos and restore the universe to what it was previ-

ously. Without spoiling anything - and believe me, this is incredibly hard - the plot goes from there with tons of twists, turns, and a fulfillment of so many previous film Easter Eggs and plot threads, trying to list every single one of them would be longer than the film itself. While this can be considered the films’ biggest strength - its internal consistency - I also consider it one of its few weaknesses. If you are looking to get into this 10-year spanning franchise, Endgame should be everything but your first choice. It is so wrapped in its own continuity that the act of jumping in with zero prior knowledge seems like a nearly insurmountable task, and many

of the films’ best moments will be lost if you don’t know their buildup. So, if you have to start somewhere and have a few months to kill, try and make the starting point Iron Man and work from there, assuming you can somehow go spoilerfree for four months at minimum. Overall, Avengers: Endgame is about as good as you’d expect: the culmination of 10 years of buildup into a massive epic that will likely not be surpassed for years to come. By the time the credits roll, you will walk out of the theater feeling like everything was answered - assuming you knew what the questions were to begin with.

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