The current Avengers era is coming to an end with the appropriately titled ‘Avengers: Endgame‘.
The Marvel flick is set to hit theaters this weekend, and some projections have it making over $100 million on just Friday! In total, this film could make over $260 million in its opening weekend, which would break just about every record in history.
It’s going to be huge no matter what, so it doesn’t really matter what the critics say, but positive reviews never hurt.
The early reviews are coming in now for Endgame, and they are mostly positive. It currently has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but that will likely drop a bit as more reviews come in.
The reviews range from, “OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST” to “It’s entertaining, but not memorable.”
Peter Howell from the Toronto Star writes…
It’s a superhero blockbuster jam-packed with moments both colossal and intimate, with visuals that demand the grandest screen available. The actors all bring their ‘A’ game to Endgame — Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth are the standouts — making characters from comic books seem like they should be prowling the Stratford stage.
There’s a quest for closure right from the get-go and also a wicked sense of humour that keeps the story from getting too maudlin.
And Matt Goldberg from Collider writes…
Thankfully, Endgame never feels like a victory parade but a story with its own stakes and dangers. This is the landing that the MCU had to stick, and for the most part, they nail it. The movie may not really be about anything in particular, and yet its overarching theme (broad as it may be)—that it matters how you choose to live your life—still resonates thanks to the choices these characters make.
Never in the movie’s three hours did I feel like I was getting cheap thrills or fan service. I felt like I was getting the final chapter in a long story before the new story begins.
If you want to see a negative review, check out this review from Slant Magazine’s Keith Uhlich…
Yet every serious narrative beat is ultimately undercut by pro-forma storytelling (the emotional beats never linger, as the characters are always race-race-racing to the next big plot point), or by faux-improvised humor, with ringmaster Tony “Iron Man” Stark (Robert Downey Jr., so clearly ready to be done with this universe) leading the sardonic-tongued charge.