The end is nigh – and leaves you on a high...
Avengers: Endgame (12A) ●●●●●
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.