Is Avengers: Endgame worth three hours of your life? Critics laud the climax of the superhero series

The critics have spoken: Avengers Endgame is a cinematic triumph.

As the climax to Marvel’s epic movie series gears up for general release this week, the verdict appears to be a resounding thumbs up from film pundits across the globe, with the likes of The Guardian branding the finale ‘a sugar rush of delirious enjoyment’ and Vanity Fair lauding it ‘a rich and rewarding conclusion’.

And at three hours and one minute in length, the New York Times insists it’s more than worth the outstretched run time.

The critics have spoken: Avengers Endgame is a cinematic triumph

The critics have spoken: Avengers Endgame is a cinematic triumph

The critics have spoken: Avengers Endgame is a cinematic triumph

‘There are roughly 10,860 seconds nestled in between the quiet, spooky opening and the last bit of end credits,’ writes A.O. Scott. ‘Which means that whatever a ticket costs in your neighborhood, “Avengers: Endgame” might count as a bargain.

‘It’s shorter than “Titanic,” “The Godfather Part II” or Luchino Visconti’s “The Leopard.” And while the time doesn’t exactly fly, it don’t drag either. The two hours and forty minutes of “Infinity War” felt infinitely longer.

‘Settling scores, wrapping up loose ends and taking a victory lap — the main objects of the game this ostensibly last time around — generate some comic sparks as well as a few honest tears.’

The Mirror awards the film five stars – as do the majority of the reviews – and compares it to the final movie in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

The end is here: As the climax to Marvel's epic movie series gears up for general release this week, the verdict appears to be a resounding thumbs up from film pundits across the globe

The end is here: As the climax to Marvel's epic movie series gears up for general release this week, the verdict appears to be a resounding thumbs up from film pundits across the globe

The end is here: As the climax to Marvel’s epic movie series gears up for general release this week, the verdict appears to be a resounding thumbs up from film pundits across the globe

‘This easily matches The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King, for magnificent scope and sweep, and that epic equalled the all-time best Oscar haul with 11 wins,’ Chris Hunneysett pens.

The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw writes: ‘I have to admit, in all its surreal grandiosity, in all its delirious absurdity, there is a huge sugar rush of excitement to this mighty finale, finally interchanging with euphoric emotion and allowing us to say poignant farewells.

‘Avengers: Endgame’s unconquerable brilliance takes Marvel to new heights!’

‘The final film in this long segment of the Avengers saga is thrilling and, yes, genuinely moving,’ Vanity Fair‘s Richard Lawson gushes. ‘Ultimately, Endgame understands a simple human response: how nice it is, how reassuring, to see and feel something complete.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME – WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING…

A. O. Scott – New York Times

‘Settling scores, wrapping up loose ends and taking a victory lap — the main objects of the game this ostensibly last time around — generate some comic sparks as well as a few honest tears.’

Richard Lawson – Vanity Fair

‘Yeah, yeah, it’s all just comic book flash and hokum. But for more than a few moments of this last Avengers film, all that pomp finds its circumstance. There in the vacuum of the theater, it feels pretty mighty.’ 

Chris Hunneysett – The Mirror

‘This easily matches The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King, for magnificent scope and sweep, and that epic equalled the all-time best Oscar haul with 11 wins.’

Justin Change – Los Angeles Times 

‘Despite its epic ambitions and tumescent running time, Endgame often feels shorter, looser and lighter on its feet than some of its Marvel brethren.’ 

Hugh Armitage & Ian Sandwell – Digital Spy 

‘The fourth Avengers movie had so many demands and expectations weighing upon it. Despite some flaws, there’s no denying that this is a truly impressive achievement and a worthy conclusion to a story years in the making.’

Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian

‘I have to admit, in all its surreal grandiosity, in all its delirious absurdity, there is a huge sugar rush of excitement to this mighty finale, finally interchanging with euphoric emotion and allowing us to say poignant farewells.’

Brian Lowry – CNN 

‘Without being too grandiose, it also feels like the culmination of everything Marvel has built in conquering the pop-culture universe.’

Tasha Robinson – The Verge 

‘Endgame [feels] like an odd mess of a movie. If a film with this exact structure and pacing (and 181-minute run time) was made with original characters, critics would eviscerate it as self-indulgent, sloppy, and incoherent.’  

‘To have all the pieces finally arrayed together, set before us like totems of some vague accomplishment we managed just by sitting there for all those hours.

‘Yeah, yeah, it’s all just comic book flash and hokum. But for more than a few moments of this last Avengers film, all that pomp finds its circumstance. There in the vacuum of the theater, it feels pretty mighty.’

Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times writes: ‘Despite its epic ambitions and tumescent running time, Endgame often feels shorter, looser and lighter on its feet than some of its Marvel brethren.’

Wrapping things up: The Guardian have branded the finale 'a sugar rush of delirious enjoyment'

Wrapping things up: The Guardian have branded the finale 'a sugar rush of delirious enjoyment'

Wrapping things up: The Guardian have branded the finale ‘a sugar rush of delirious enjoyment’

High praise: Vanity Fair lauds the finale as 'a rich and rewarding conclusion'

High praise: Vanity Fair lauds the finale as 'a rich and rewarding conclusion'

High praise: Vanity Fair lauds the finale as ‘a rich and rewarding conclusion’

CNN‘s review gushes: ‘Having set up a formidable task and then some with the finish of “Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame” rises to the challenge, delivering an epic finale that proves immensely satisfying.

‘Without being too grandiose, it also feels like the culmination of everything Marvel has built in conquering the pop-culture universe.

‘Running just over three hours (in a manner that mildly tests patience in the first hour, and bladders in the third), the sequel has more on its mind than just completing that story.

‘Somehow, the film manages to set up Marvel’s future while nostalgically embracing its past, bringing a sense of cohesion to the decade-plus roster of movies that have led up to this point.’ 

Digital Spy‘s four star review says: ‘The movie runs for three hours, making it the longest MCU entry by half an hour.

Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times writes: 'Despite its epic ambitions and tumescent running time, Endgame often feels shorter, looser and lighter on its feet than some of its Marvel brethren'

Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times writes: 'Despite its epic ambitions and tumescent running time, Endgame often feels shorter, looser and lighter on its feet than some of its Marvel brethren'

Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times writes: ‘Despite its epic ambitions and tumescent running time, Endgame often feels shorter, looser and lighter on its feet than some of its Marvel brethren’

Cinematic event of the year! The Los Angeles World Premiere of the film took place os Angeles ention Center on April 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

Cinematic event of the year! The Los Angeles World Premiere of the film took place os Angeles ention Center on April 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

Cinematic event of the year! The Los Angeles World Premiere of the film took place at the LA Convention Center on April 23

Stars: [L-R] Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Hemsworth attended the Los Angeles World Premiere of the Marvel Studios epic

Stars: [L-R] Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Hemsworth attended the Los Angeles World Premiere of the Marvel Studios epic

Stars: [L-R] Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Hemsworth attended the Los Angeles World Premiere of the Marvel Studios epic

‘It starts at a good pace and maintains it for most of the runtime, although you will feel its length by the end, and may spend some time afterwards thinking through the side plots the Russo brothers could have cut to speed things up.

‘The fourth Avengers movie had so many demands and expectations weighing upon it. Despite some flaws, there’s no denying that this is a truly impressive achievement and a worthy conclusion to a story years in the making.’

The Verge is less glowing about the movie. ‘Endgame [feels] like an odd mess of a movie,’ writes Tasha Robinson. ‘If a film with this exact structure and pacing (and 181-minute run time) was made with original characters, critics would eviscerate it as self-indulgent, sloppy, and incoherent.’

Addressing the film’s length in a recent interview with Vulture, screenwriter Stephen McFeely reasoned: ‘It’s exactly as long as it needs to be. Any shorter and it would have felt like we weren’t honoring all the threads and franchises that are feeding into this climax.’

Worth it! Writers Christopher Markus (left) and Stephen McFeely (right) said that after 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe the flick has 'earned its length'

Worth it! Writers Christopher Markus (left) and Stephen McFeely (right) said that after 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe the flick has 'earned its length'

Worth it! Writers Christopher Markus (left) and Stephen McFeely (right) said that after 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe the flick has ‘earned its length’

McFeely went on to explain how after 22 whole movies, the three-hour runtime is actually a ‘lean’ interpretation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

’22 movies in, not only has the movie earned its length, but people deserve a movie of that substance,’ he continued. ‘I swear to God, it sounds like a paradox to say this, but it’s a lean three hours!’

And McFeely’s fellow writer Christopher Markus joked about anyone who hoped for a ‘tight 85’ minute romp: ‘If we told you the entire universe got snapped out and we were gonna wrap it up in a tight 85, you’d have issues.’ 

Just 10 days before the movie swings into theaters, the directors of the films Anthony and Joe Russo penned a note urging fans to not spoil the ending for others.

The letter comes after the ending of Avengers: Endgame was leaked featuring spoilers, according to the LA Times.

Reaching out: Just 10 days before the movie swings into theaters, the directors of the films Anthony and Joe Russo penned a note urging fans to not spoil the ending for others

Reaching out: Just 10 days before the movie swings into theaters, the directors of the films Anthony and Joe Russo penned a note urging fans to not spoil the ending for others

Reaching out: Just 10 days before the movie swings into theaters, the directors of the films Anthony and Joe Russo penned a note urging fans to not spoil the ending for others

The newspaper reported that the leak appears to be footage filmed off a large screen inside a screening room – but the origin of the leak is still unknown.

The Russo brothers addressed the letter ‘To the greatest fans in the world: This is it. This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises.’

They continued: ‘For all of you who have been on this journey with us since the very beginning, sharing every high and low with your family, your friends, your classmates, your co-workers.’

Adding: ‘Investing so deeply in every character and storyline. Laughing. Cheering. Shedding tears. Giving so freely of your thoughts and emotions in spirited dialogue, theories, fan art and fan fiction.’ 

The letter continued: ‘Please know that the two of us, along with everyone involved in Endgame, have worked tirelessly for the last three years with the sole intention of delivering a surprising and emotionally powerful conclusion to the Infinity Saga.’

Real talk: The Russo brothers addressed the letter to 'To the greatest fans in the world'

Real talk: The Russo brothers addressed the letter to 'To the greatest fans in the world'

Real talk: The Russo brothers addressed the letter to ‘To the greatest fans in the world’

Coming soon: Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 26

Coming soon: Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 26

Coming soon: Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 26

They added: ‘Because so many of you have invested your time, your hearts, and your souls into these stories, we’re once again asking for you help.’

The brothers concluded with: ‘When you see Endgame in the coming weeks, please don’t spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you.’

They finished off their letter with: ‘As always, good luck and happy viewing… The Russo brothers.’

They used a hashtag to round out the letter: ‘#DontSpoilTheEndgame.’

Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 26. 

 

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