I’ve been thinking about this movie for a week. Spoilers ahead.
But the real issue I have with the movie is that it’s a sequel to Infinity War, and as such, it is burdened with resolving a cataclysmic cliffhanger. For a year, we’ve been wondering: how will they write themselves out of this one?
Turns out, they didn’t. They copped out.
The solution to the Thanos maneuver is, literally, this:
“computer, is this possible lol?”
“mind = blown”
This is what I was waiting for a whole year?
Endgame treats the whole Thanos situation as a reason to meme out and give fanservice. Many of the scenes were fun, a lot of the jokes really were smart, and the new views to some old movies were delightful. The good moments were there. But it deserved a proper plot. Right now, Endgame’s plot feels like the thinnest, laziest possible justification for scenes that should have been left to the cutting room floor – uh, editing computer’s “unused” folder – and ultimately to the sumptuous Extras & Deleted Scenes disc on the physical release. Or online, more likely.
Of course the final reversal of the finger snap is another finger snap, but the resolution as a whole felt too much like one – or rather, the rest of the script felt like it took as much effort to write as a finger snap. It’s cheating. The concept as such is good: end the Avengers with a loving trip to who these characters are and what they’ve been through. Some of the character arcs did have a satisfying ending – much better than I’d hoped. But writing a story is about making the concept work, imbuing it with internal logic and gravitas and a feeling that the writers know what they’re doing. Especially when you’re dealing with trillions of people dead.
What we’re left with?
“mass genocide? jk. here’s memes”