The end is nigh – and leaves you on a high...

Avengers: Endgame (12A) ●●●●●

The Galloway News - - REVIEWS -

I’ve never heard a cin­ema rat­tle with the col­lec­tive sound of hun­dreds of jaws drop­ping as the stag­ger­ing cli­max to Avengers: In­fin­ity War left au­di­ences dazed.

The year-long wait to find out what hap­pens next has been un­bear­able but now the time has fi­nally come to see how our re­main­ing he­roes can deal with the fall­out from Thanos’ “snap”.

An al­most big­ger ques­tion is how Endgame can live up to the hype of not only its out­stand­ing pre­de­ces­sor but also clos­ing this par­tic­u­lar 11 year, 22 film-long chap­ter of the Marvel Cine­matic Uni­verse (MCU).

Worry not, though, as de­spite hav­ing to jug­gle an even big­ger cast than In­fin­ity War’s enor­mous ensem­ble, mod­ern mae­stros the Russo broth­ers come up trumps once again.

Endgame is an in­cred­i­ble, un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence – truly event cin­ema at its very best.

Avoid spoil­ers at all costs as the en­su­ing shocks and sur­prises will have you grip­ping your seat tighter than the se­cu­rity dur­ing a royal visit.

Au­di­ences in gen­eral will lap up the dy­na­mite de­vel­op­ments but Marvel devo­tees – and loyal MCU view­ers – are re­warded with fan ser­vice of an al­most far­ci­cally ex­cel­lent stan­dard.

It would be un­fair to pick out any one or two per­for­mances among the gar­gan­tuan cast, with ev­ery­one on top form, and Avengers se­ries new­bies like Brie Lar­son (Cap­tain Marvel) and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) ex­pertly fit in with the rest of the gang.

Josh Brolin is again su­perb as Thanos, re-em­pha­sis­ing his sta­tus as one of the genre’s finest an­tag­o­nists.

Some bris­tled when word broke of the three-hour run­ning time but it breezes by in a kalei­do­scope of laughs, shocks, tears and fears.

Re­peat view­ings are re­quired to es­tab­lish ex­actly where Endgame fits into the best ever comic book movie ar­gu­ment but for now it’s def­i­nitely up there – and one hell of an end to an 11 year jour­ney.

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