Marvel’s Avengers is coming to an end after 10 years of films
Marvel’s Avengers: End Game (12A) continues at Newton Stewart Cinema for another week and is a triumphant conclusion to 10 years of 23 interconnecting films but with unavoidable sadness as there are winners and losers.
From an opening sequence that drives home the consequences of the action of the deluded Titan Thanos to wipe out half of the population of the galaxy, the film has a sombre and deeply personal reaction to the pain of loss.
Despite the spectacular thrills in space, the core of the film is earth bound as the handful of surviving Avengers struggle to cope with their failure to stop the Titan. However, they are soon energised with the arrival of Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Ant Man (Paul Rudd) to seek out Thanos and find a way to recover their lost companions and the world’s lost population.
To say more about the plot is to spoil the many twists and turns by the directors the Russo brothers and their scriptwriters as this is a film to be seen fresh without foreknowledge. I found it completely absorbing, surprising and genuinely moving as well as being very funny at times. If you have followed the 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this is a worthy end game. There are no Films at the Fullarton in Castle Douglas this weekend due to live shows. At the Burns Centre Film Theatre in Dumfries from tomorrow and also next Tuesday to Thursday, The White Crow (12A), is Ralph Fiennes film of the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s defection from the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Played by the Ukrainian ballet star Oleg Ivenko, the film covers the dancer’s early years and student days in Lenningrad leading to his first overseas tour while closely chaperoned by Soviet officials. The mix of drama and dance is well portrayed and Fiennes gives himself the role of Nureyev’s dance teacher and father figure.
On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Disney’s remake of Dumbo (PG) may be overlong with a more complex story than the original but it is very entertaining and Disney ticks all the right boxes re animal welfare. Also, on Sunday evening there is an extra screening for the lighthouse mystery drama The Vanishing (15), filmed on the Mull of Galloway with Scandinavian menace and violence. Fine performances from Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan and Connor Swindells.
The Monday alternative is The Kindergarten Teacher (12A) with Maggie Gyllenhaal as a bored teacher until she discovers a five year-old boy with a talent for poetry.
The Vanishing starring Gerard Butler was filmed at the Mull of Galloway.
Avengers: End Game Showing at Newton Stewart Cinema