How do superheroes bounce back after seeing half of the universe's creatures destroyed? With a focus on family, and a much needed dose of humor, according to critics, who give Avengers: Endgame a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Set five years after the events of 2018's Infinity War, Endgame has the difficult task of closing out a story ultimately told over 22 Marvel films and 11 years. Four takes:
- "The filmmakers take you places you can't possibly see coming" in a movie that's both "truly epic and thunderously exciting," Peter Travers writes at Rolling Stone. He argues "intimacy is its real superpower." Told over three hours, this Avengers is "the most personal yet" and "hits you like a shot in the heart," he adds. "Don't expect a typical happy ending. Just prepare to be wowed."
- "Uncovering more emotion in its fictional cosmos than ever before," Endgame still manages to be "frequently funny … owed sizably to the cast," writes Jake Coyle at the AP. He notes "a film with this collection of talent really can't help but be decent." But Endgame is more than that. "At its best moments, [it] carries the thrill of classic comic-book twists and reversals," Coyle writes.
- Matthew Rozsa at Salon welcomes the "increased focus on character development," lending to "a wealth of emotionally satisfying moments." But he warns "some of the character resolutions are actually downright unsatisfying" and "create paradoxes and internal inconsistencies." Another flaw: "lots and lots and lots of plot holes—so many that they're distracting."
- Leah Pickett, however, argues an element of time travel "elevates Endgame in both narrative complexity and ... irresistible fun" so that it "feels shorter and more electrifying" than Infinity War. "What Infinity War drained from the viewer with its dismal finale, Endgame replenishes," she writes at the Chicago Reader, adding it's one of Marvel's funniest, "and the most fulfilling." In the end, it "rings purposeful, weighted with existential truth."
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