The end of an era. The final film in a saga that spans twenty-two movies. Everything led up to this. And I gotta say – it ends on a high note. It’s hard to push the envelope after the last film. Infinity War set the bar so high that this film could never surpass it. That being said, the film does live up to it. The highest compliment one can give a movie like this is that it lives up to the expectations that we all had. Bringing the end to a film saga the likes of which we have never seen before, and for my money will never see again. I said a while back that when this film came out and I saw it, that was it for me and Marvel. Meant it. The only thing I want to see now is Guardians 3. After that, I have no desire to see what’s next from Marvel. It’s sink or swim for this franchise now that the Avengers saga is done. And if the end of this movie is any indication, it can only go somewhere stupid. Let’s talk about it.
You all know the plot. After Thanos snapped his fingers, he destroyed half of all life in universe. Now it’s up to what’s left of the Avengers to find a way to make things right. What follows is a pretty fantastic bookend to all the build-up we had.
My favorite parts of this movie were early on. It opened with a truly fantastic scene with Hawkeye’s family disappearing. It sets the stage for his personal drama really well. Seeing what happens to every character when they are at their lowest point is just exceptional. The reunion between Stark and Rogers was everything I hoped it would be, and more. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the movie was pretty fantastic, but that stuff early on was gripping. It’s great to see all these heroes who we’ve seen be powerful as fuck up until now pushed to their breaking point.
It’s hard to talk about this movie, honestly. See, you already know that the acting is pretty phenomenal across the board. Visuals are incredible. Soundtrack is really great. So I decided that I’m going to preface my next point that I really liked this movie. It closes things out on this storyline in a way that no other film could. And with that said, I’m going to talk about some stuff that bugged me. Because there’s an angle where I have lots to talk about.
First, I’m genuinely glad they kept Captain Marvel out of this film for most of it. Because the comparisons between her and Superman are apt. She’s OP as fuck. Like, to the point that it’s genuinely boring when she enters the fray because you know that she’s going to win. Watching Thanos kick her ass was actually kinda fun. I bring this up because there was one scene in this movie that made me visibly cringe – the chick squad charge. That was awful! I swear, they might as well have had “GIRL POWER!” on the screen the whole time. It was just as subtle. I don’t blame the directors for this. I get it – Disney wants to promote diversity. But that didn’t stop it from being one of the cringiest things I’ve see on screen in a VERY long time.
Also, Bree Larson can’t act. Her face has zero emotion. She’s almost as bad as Daisy Ridley or Hunger Games chick in being a stoic, bland, unemoting female character. I’ve figured something out. See, a lot of people in Hollywood think that the strong male hero was a bland, boring character who just kicks ass. When that wasn’t the case. Sure, we’ve had a lot of stoic male characters in 80’s action movies, but here’s the thing – they had personality. Watch old Ah-nold movies. He was a stoic badass, but he had personality to make up for that, and cheesy one-liners. Bree Larson had…um…something? I’m drawing a blank. Describe Captain Marvel’s personality in this film in a way that doesn’t require you describe what she looks like, what she does, or her role in the film. The Red Letter Media Test. You can’t do it. This character is the most boring thing ever. And given how I’ve seen Bree Larson act about all this off-screen, it’s clear that this woman needs to get her head out of her ass. She’s clearly enjoying the smell of her own farts way too much.
Lastly – why was Falcon made into the new Captain America? Yeah, I know – diversity. I get it. This is not rocket science. Disney is all about this shit now, so of course their next Captain America has to be a diversity thing. Here’s the problem – Falcon isn’t a super-soldier. He’s some guy. Just some random guy with no superpowers of any kind. I think back to that fantastic scene in Winter Soldier, where Bucky and Cap are fighting, and he takes his shield. The scene was a FANTASTIC set-up for him becoming the next Captain America. And that makes sense, because he went through the super soldier project with Hydra. I guess we can chalk that up to another fantastic scene from Winter Soldier ruined by Disney down the road. Like the line about Nick Fury and his eye with that fucking cat in Captain Marvel.
Those are just nit-picks though. Overall, this was a great film. A perfect way to bookend the franchise, and that’s it for me. The next thing I do will be to make a Top 10 of my favorite MCU characters, and then check out. Disney has taken this franchise as far as it can possibly go. The only place now is somewhere stupid. Jay on Half in the Bag made a great point about this franchise in their video about Comicon 2019. Marvel should have taken a break for a while. But Disney couldn’t do that. Then they’d miss out on that sweet Marvel movie cheddar. And if Disney doesn’t get their money, the whole company will collapse. Or the studio execs there might not be able to get another yacht. The poor dears. As for me, nope. This franchise cannot go higher than this point. We’ve reached the high-water mark for the MCU. It’s all gonna be downhill from here.
9 out of 10