'Avengers: Endgame' initial reviews cite film as the 'perfect finale'

As of Tuesday, all but one of 56 reviews collected by the Rotten Tomatoes website were rated as positive


Reuters April 24, 2019
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LOS ANGELES: Film critics unleashed overwhelmingly positive reviews on Tuesday of Avengers: Endgame, the highly anticipated final installment in a decade-long superhero story from Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios.

As of Tuesday afternoon, all but one of 56 Endgame reviews collected by the Rotten Tomatoes website were rated as positive.

USA Today’s Brian Truitt called the three-hour film “Marvel’s glorious greatest-hits package” with callbacks to previous adventures that will thrill fans who have faithfully followed characters such as Iron Man and Thor.

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“It’s also a singular, sprawling and hugely satisfying tale that begins with a brutal, emotional gut punch and takes you on quite the trip with the original Avengers crew,” Truitt said.

Endgame concludes a story that has unfolded over 21 previous films since 2007 and become the highest-grossing franchise in movie history. It picks up where last year’s Avengers: Infinity War left fans hanging when several beloved heroes appeared to turn to dust.

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CNN’s Brian Lowry said the film delivered a worthy finale. “The film-makers have sought to reward movie-goers with a spectacle that’s epic in every way,” Lowry said.

“The overall journey not only produces several genuine surprises - no small feat in this context - but plenty of humor, with an assortment of lighter moments to augment the stirring and, yes, emotional ones,” he added.

AO Scott of The New York Times said the movie provided the “sense of an ending,” even though many characters are expected to return in future films, and “a chance to appreciate what has been done before the timelines reset and we all get back to work.”

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“We’ve lived with these characters and the actors playing them for more than a decade,” Scott wrote. “For the most part, it’s nice to see them again, and a little sad to say goodbye.”

Erik Davis, managing editor at Fandango, called the movie a “masterful epic.” “If Infinity War is the brawn, Endgame is the brains. And wow, what an ending!” Davis wrote on Twitter.

Box office experts say Endgame may break the opening weekend record for ticket sales in the United States and Canada, which now stands at $257.7 million for Infinity War.

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Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and other members of the Avengers superhero team on Monday celebrated the final chapter in a 22-movie saga that ranks as the movie industry’s highest-grossing franchise of all time.

At a lavish premiere in Los Angeles, hundreds of industry VIPs, cast members, fans and media watched the first showing of the three-hour action spectacle that has been held tightly under wraps.

The movie begins rolling out in theaters around the world today.

Downey Jr (Iron Man), Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Evans (Captain America) and others walked a purple carpet.

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“I’m excited that I’m finally going to get to see the movie,” said Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man and, like other cast members, had not seen the finished film due to Marvel’s secrecy around the project.

Rudd said he had been traveling the world to promote the movie and “trying to talk about it the best we can, and to do all of that without having seen the film is a strange experience. So now, to finally see the movie is great.”

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After the screening, the stars gathered on stage and hugged. Evans told the crowd that he “cried like six times” while watching the film. “I cried more than six times, Chris,” Hemsworth said.

Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk, said working on the films had been “the trip of a lifetime”.

“There will be new beginnings,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “There will be new stories. There will be new ways of doing it, but for now the focus is on the endgame.”

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