Marvel’s Avengers is com­ing to an end after 10 years of films

The Galloway News - - MOVIES -

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

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