Another list!! lol after this I swear, I’m done. For now. But here we are once again with a new year! Which means new content, new movies, new actors to fall in love with lol. This list is for the movies coming out in 2020 that I am super excited for. I will also have a list that will have movies that I’m not really anticipating but I probably will still go see.
I’m sure there is also going to be a lot of movies that pop up during the year that won’t be on this list but that’s fine because this list contains the movies that I know about.
I noticed while doing this that I have a ton of movies I’m not really anticipating. I’m not sure if it’s just nothing really grabbing me like in the last two years or what but I probably have way more movies I’m not really anticipating but I’ll see than the ones I’m actually looking forward to.
So, just like last year, I’m going to do my most anticipated movies by month.
Sonic the Hedgehog- Feb 14: A cop in the rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him. Considering how the studio pushed back the movie in order to change Sonic’s look after everyone hated it, says a lot. I will go and see it because I’ve always liked Sonic and I want to see how it turns out.
The Photograph-Feb 14:A series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present. The trailer for this is lovely! Plus, I looove Lakeith Stanfield and I love Issa Rae! Black love stories! We need more of these! I really hope it’s written well.
Wendy- Feb 28:Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up. I love Peter Pan and this trailer looks great. I think Peter is a little brown boy too! It follows Wendy more, which is fine, I just love the idea.
Onward- March 6: Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there. It’s Pixar, Tom Holland is a voice and it’s a brotherly adventure story… I always like those.
A Quiet Place Part II- March 20:Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. The first one was fantastic, and the trailer looks great! I hope they manage to keep the same feeling from the first one.
Mulan- March 27:A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney’s ‘Mulan.’ Need I say anything more? I’m excited. The trailers were amazing. The most recent one was beautiful, I can’t wait!
Antebellum-April 24: Successful author Veronica finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late. This looks really good! There’s a mystery and I would like to know what’s going on!
Black Widow- May 1: A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War. I do think this movie came out too late considering her fate, but I’ll go see it because I enjoy Natasha and they never quite seemed to know what to do with her in some movies. Her best film was Winter Soldier and she never quite got to that level of usefulness again to me. So, I hope this film really goes out on a high note for her.
Scoob- May 15: Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined. I had no idea what this movie was going to be about, but I’m interested in the voice cast for the most part, I don’t really like Will Forte as Shaggy (Why not Matthew Lillard?) but I love Scooby Doo.
Fast & Furious 9- May 22: Plot unknown. The ninth installment of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise. Who cares what the plot is!? lol I mean, I like a good story, but I doubt anyone goes to these movies for that. I don’t mind having a good time with characters I mostly enjoy.
Soul- June 19: A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself. I thought the trailer was great. The inclusion of Jazz and Jamie Foxx’s voice fits so well so I’m into it. My only big problem is that this is the third time we get an animated black lead character, who gets turned into something that’s not human. I wish that would stop. I love that there are black leads but let them be a black human.
In the Heights-June 26: A feature version of the Broadway musical, in which a bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. I know it’s a Broadway show that Lin Manuel-Miranda created, I hear it’s so good. I only listened to a bit of the cast recording which was great, so I’ll see this. Plus, it’s a musical, plus Anthony Ramos is in it and I love him. Now, I just need a feature film for Hamilton.
Ghostbusters Afterlife-July 10: When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The trailer was really good, I’ve always liked Ghostbusters. I’m not a super fan or anything but I watch them whenever I catch them. So, I think this will be a nice continuation and homage.
Tenet- July 19: An action epic revolving around international espionage, time travel, and evolution. I saw one trailer for this movie, and it looked really cool! So, I will check it out.
Bill & Ted Face the Music- Aug 21:Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny. I don’t care what the plot is, I’m going to see it! I LOVE BILL & TED and they’ve talked about this for so long! I cannot wait!
Eternals- Nov 6:The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. I don’t know anything about them from the comics, but the characters seem really interesting, it has a very interesting and diverse cast, plus it’s Marvel. So, lol.
West Side Story- Dec 18:An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love, and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. I LOVE the original film, so I’m interested to see how this is handled here.
The Croods 2- Dec 23:The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved. I really liked the first one, so I’m excited!
Not really Anticipating but want to see:
Bad Boys for Life- Jan 17: The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life. The long waited third film to the Bad Boys franchise. I really enjoy both movies, I’m not really like pumped for this but the trailers look fun and I like Will Smith and Martin Lawrence together, their broship is great. So, sure I’m down.
Dolittle- Jan 17:A physician discovers that he can talk to animals. Just so people are clear, this is not a remake or a reboot of Eddie Murphy’s Dr. Doolittle. This is just another interpretation of the character mostly based on Rex Harrison’s version which came before Murphy’s. Just had to say it. But great cast so I’ll see it.
The Turning- Jan 24:A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. A modern take on Henry James’ novella “The Turn of the Screw”. Here is horror film number 2 since I want to see A Quiet Place (but I don’t quite count that). I don’t know if I’ll actually see it or not but I’m curious. Finn Wolfhard seems to be into doing horror material.
The Rhythm Section- Jan 31: A woman seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family. A badass woman revenge film starring Blake Lively. I thought this was coming out in 2019 but I guess not. But sure, why not. There’s been Atomic Blonde, Peppermint, Anna, Red Sparrow… maybe this one will be better than those lol.
Gretel & Hansel- Jan 31:A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil. This is a dark take on the fairy tale. I like Sophia Lillis and I like different takes on fairy tale stories soooo sure, why not.
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)- Feb 7: After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord. I’m not really into this film but I’ll go and check it out. I’m curious.
Bloodshot-Mar 13: Ray Garrison, a slain soldier, is re-animated with superpowers. It probably won’t be very good, but I enjoy Vin Diesel mostly, the trailer I just watched looked cool. So sure.
The Lovebirds – April 3: On the brink of breaking up, a couple gets unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre (and hilarious) murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night. A romantic comedy where the two leads are people of color and it’s a murder mystery as well… Issa Rae? Sure!
The New Mutants- April 3:Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. I just want to see it, I don’t even care anymore lol. This is the third time this movie has my list! Just release it dammit!!
No Time to Die- April 8:Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. I do not care about James Bond, maybe sometime down the line they’ll make me care but not right now. However, Rami Malek is the villain in this one so I shall watch it.
Trolls World Tour- April 17:Sequel to the 2016 animated hit. The first one was surprisingly cute so perhaps this one will be too.
The Personal History of David Copperfield- May 8. Based on the novel. Dev Patel is playing David Copperfield? Yep, I’ll check it out.
Legally Blonde 3- May 8: Plot unknown.Is this the year of the third movie coming out years after the second one or something? But sure, why not lol.
The Woman in the Window-May 15: An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence. This is based on a book, has a very interesting premise and Amy Adams is always great.
Artemis Fowl- May 29:Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw), a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Captain Holly Short (Lara McDonnell) for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune. Another movie I thought was coming out in 2019 but alas I guess not. Maybe I’ll actually reread the book now.
Wonder Woman 1984-June 5: Plot unknown. A sequel to the 2017 superhero film ‘Wonder Woman.’. I enjoy the first one, I don’t like it as much as other people, but I recognize how important it was because it is. This trailer didn’t do much for me, but I’ll still see it and maybe I’ll end up loving it.
Top Gun Maverick- June 26:After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. I’m not sure if I’ve seen the first one, at least in its entirety. So, I will make sure I watch that first, but I like Tom Cruise and the trailer for this was good.
Free Guy- July 3:A bank teller discovers that he’s an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game. I’m kind of sick of Ryan Reynolds and his whole schtick in movies lol, particularly comedy wise but I enjoyed the trailer. I think I laughed once or twice.
Jungle Cruise- July 24:Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles, but with a supernatural element. lol like Pirates of the Caribbean, this is based on a ride. I mean, Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson are enough to make at least interested.
Morbius- July 31:Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead. Soooo, I love Jared Leto, so I’ll be into anything he’s in BUT this movie is Sony’s second entry in their “Spider-Man universe” and I did not think Venom was good, so I don’t have a ton of hope for this. I mean, I have mixed feelings on Sony and Spider-Man… I just want Tom Holland to be able to play the character for a long as he wants and that the MCU can use him for as long as they want. GET ALONG YOU GUYS!
The King’s Man- Sept 18:As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. I loved Kingsman The Secret Service. The Golden Circle was fun but not as good as it could have been. I was excited for a third one but we’re getting a prequel instead. *sighs* Sure, I like the franchise overall, so I’ll see it.
Last Night in Soho-Sept 25:A young girl, passionate in fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences. No idea, but I enjoy Edgar Wright and I like the leading actress so sure!
Death on the Nile- Oct 9:While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress. Murder on the Orient Express was okay, so it’ll be interesting to see what this movie does but it seems to have a very nice cast.
The Witches- Oct 9:Based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 classic book ‘The Witches’, the story tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with some real-life witches! I’ve never seen the first adaptation with Angelica Houston, I will now lol. But I like Anne Hathaway so there’s a chance I’ll check it out.
Godzilla vs. Kong- Nov 20:As the gigantic Kong meets the unstoppable Godzilla, the world watches to see which one of them will become King of the Monsters. This is what we have been building up to! I liked Godzilla and I enjoyed Kong: Skull Mountain sooooo I’m interested to see what happens when these two creatures meet. They’re both considered to be good guys, right?
Raya and the Last Dragon- Nov 25:In a realm known as Lumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon. There’s nothing to really go on yet with this, but it’s a Disney film. It has Awkwafina as a voice over and her voice is so annoying, but I’ll see the movie.
Escape Room 2- Nov 30:Plot Unknown. The first one was bad, but I did enjoy myself for the most part so sure.
Dune- Dec 18:Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most asset and most vital element in the galaxy. I literally know nothing about this novel or what this film will be about but Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya AND Oscar Isaac are in this movie, so I’m sold.
Uncharted- Dec 18:The story is a prequel to the games, starring Holland as a younger Drake, showing us details of how he came to meet and befriend Sully. I see a 2020 and a 2021 date, who knows but Tom Holland so lol. It’s based off a video game which I’ll play at some point. It’s been in development hell for a long time. I hope Tom Holland’s career outside of Spider-Man will be okay because this and Chaos Walking seem to have a ton of issues.
I’m sure there are movies that will pop up throughout the year that won’t be on this list, but I’ll probably add more as I discover more.
What movies are you anticipating this year? Let me know in the comments below!
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Summary: After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.
I have worked on this review for a while now. It was hard to really write it without spoiling it. I haven’t decided if I’ll do a spoiler talk or not, but this review is going to be for me to get out my initial thoughts and feelings.
Cast and Characters.
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man. We know who Tony is. We’ve known him for ten years now and he has become such a staple in the MCU. He is the benefactor of the Avengers and he creates his suits of armor to become Iron Man. In this film, Tony is in a dark place, he’s with Nebula in space after the Snap in the last film. He feels broken because he failed to stop Thanos, plus with the fact that Peter faded away in his arms, he’s lost all hope. Obviously, he does make it back home though and he has found hope in the dark times, but he just cannot help himself but to help the rest of his team in trying to reverse what Thanos did. Tony has always been willing to do what he thinks needs to be done, and in this movie, he has his reasons for everything he does. I love that we have seen Tony evolve over the last 10 years. It’s been amazing, and no one can play him the way Robert Downey Jr. has. He has managed to make, at least for me, Tony likable in situations that I would not find him likable. He’s made him emotional when he needs to be, cool, suave but someone who has a vision for himself, someone who has hope for what things could be. He has been a great character. Love him or hate him.
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America. He is the leader of the Avengers and of course a WWII vet and a super soldier. We start off with him wanting to find where Thanos disappeared too because of what he has done. It’s important to Steve that they at least find him and take him down. As the film goes on, we see him continue to be a beacon of hope for some people as he runs a group in a church of people who are still affected by the Snap. I mean, people lost their loved ones, so it makes sense that he would try to help others move forward with their lives and fight for hope. I love that he’s doing that because that’s what he stood for as Captain America and that’s just who Steve is. I like that this is where we find him in this film. Not to mention, he’s battling with that himself. Someone who’s been optimistic and believes in saving people without risking lives, someone who has gone to bat for everyone all the time, he knows they must do it again because it just can’t be the end. Steve is such a strong and good man and I have always loved that his values have never been shaken. His belief system is part of who he is and that’s what makes him so compelling. He’s not just a boy scout but a man who searches for the best and fights for it too. Chris Evans has been great as Steve and I have always liked Evans, and I love that he plays Steve as someone who has always been a good man, but as the movies continue, he continues to fight for that every day. You can see it in the quiet moments he has. Ugh I just love him. Cap is my favorite and Evans is my favorite Chris lol. PLUS, IN THIS MOVIE HE ALMOST MADE ME COME OUT OF MY SEAT TWICE! Good reasons but I had to collect myself lol.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor. He is the King of Asgard, per his third movie. He now wields Stormbreaker, a mystical axe after his hammer was destroyed. The Snap seems to have affected Thor the most as he feels like he failed in not going for the head, or even cutting Thanos’ arm off. He had the axe created because he knew he needed something to help in the fight, but he believes people died because of him and it clearly still affects him. Without giving away where he stands in this film because it’s a great reveal, Thor must learn along the way that he is still worthy, he is still a hero and he still can do what needs to be done because he is needed. Hemsworth is extremely likable as Thor, especially in these last three movies. His character development, physically and everything else has been a great move for him. Makes him much more compelling and interesting as I never really cared for him as much as I do now. I really like Thor’s journey in the film, and I’m very interested to see what happens going forward.
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk. Without giving too much away of what he’s doing since he’s not in any of the trailers lol, Bruce has managed to find a balance in his life that works for him. He basically does conclude his character arc that was started in Thor: Ragnarök and it’s been nice to see him have more to do than just be a brain and a Hulk. He gets to do another nuanced performance like what he could do in the Thor film. Mark Ruffalo is so likable in this role.
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow. I think overall, she’s underutilized in the film, but she makes some choices in the film that brings her character full circle. I’m still not happy about them but she does make the choices that make sense in the end, I guess. I’ve never really liked Johansson as an actress, but I like her enough as Natasha. I like the friendly chemistry she has with both Evans and Renner and I think her character has become extremely instrumental in what we have seen. She’s been such a key component that her choices really seem to spur some moments later. I really like the scene after she checks in with other characters and she has this silent moment to herself. That’s probably some of her best character moments and acting.
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye. Another underutilized character even with the moments he’s had where he’s been great. He is a master archer and a former Avenger after the events of Captain America: Civil War. He lost his family in The Snap, so he has taken on the mantle of “Ronin”, someone who is basically wandering around lost because he wants to avenge his family but can’t, so he takes it out on thugs and what not. I like that this is where he is because he’s always been a cool-headed kind of guy, so it’s nice to see him in a dark place that he must fight against. Jeremy Renner is great in the role and I really like the chemistry he has with ScarJo in particular. They have many great scenes together.
Bradley Cooper as Rocket. He is the only surviving member of the Guardians. I love Rocket, he’s my favorite Guardian and he’s really sad because he’s lost the only family he’s ever known, especially Groot. Even though he’s a CGI character, he is very expressive. Between Sean Gunn posing for him and Bradley Cooper doing his voice, he’s such a great character. He works with the Avengers because he was with them on Wakanda obviously and he wants to get his family back just as much as the others want their loved ones back as well. He gets teamed up with Thor again on their mission and I really like them working together, they have great banter and Rocket gets a lot of nuggets of wisdom while speaking with Thor as well.
Karen Gillan as Nebula. Surprisingly enough, Nebula is a character who has grown on me a lot in the films she’s been in and she has a nice juicy role in this film. Obviously with Thanos being her adopted father and then the whole thing with Gamora, she knows a lot and is very helpful to the Avengers. She has a lot that she gets to do in this film, she’s working with them to avenge her sister, she’s working with them because I also believe she and Tony made a friendship connection while stuck in the ship in Space. Nebula has had the chance to make certain choices that allow for her character to really mature. Karen Gillan is great, I love the voice she has for the character and some of the emotional moments she gets throughout the film are handled well.
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man. Following the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott comes back from the Quantum Realm and he’s missed everything that happened, so he’s coming into it brand new. He’s almost the audience members who might have forgotten what happened in Infinity War (if that’s you, what’s wrong with you?) as he gets to learn everything and be affected by it after the fact. I really like Scott, he’s just a cool guy and he’s very funny. I love how he reacts to things. Paul Rudd is a likable dude and Scott is endearing because of it. Also, their mission they go on in this film is Scott’s idea, so he gets to be super involved because he works it out himself before he takes it to Steve and Natasha.
Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine. He is a former Officer in the Air Force and he gets to do more in this film as well. Rhodey gets teamed up with Nebula during their mission and while we don’t spend a ton of time with them during their mission, they worked well together, surprisingly lol. Rhodey is always fine, he’s likable but he’s always just felt like Tony’s best friend who is the token black guy and he ways, he still feels that way, but I like that he gets to be more incorporated and he always manages to find humor in the situation even if he’s not trying to funny on purpose. Don Cheadle is always a win and he’s still good as Rhodey.
Supporting Characters. So, I really needed to separate the two brackets because we have the ones who are directly involved, and you have others who are sprinkled throughout the film.
Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel. They really made it seem like she was going to be heavily involved and spoiler alert, she’s not. I’m sure some people will be happy about that apparently a lot of people don’t like her. But whatever. Anyways, Carol shows up after receiving the distress call from Fury during the end credit scene of Infinity War. If you watch her movie, you’ll see why she came when he called. She helps them in the beginning but then must return to space because there are other planets who are suffering as Earth is and she is someone who can help with that lol. I like Carol and I like Brie Larson as Carol and I like that she pops in when she’s needed and that she just gets integrated into the team.
Danai Gurira as Okoye. I was a little miffed that she is also not in the film much even though she’s on the poster and was in the trailers, but anyway, after the disappearance of T’Challa and whoever else in Wakanda, it seems that she has taken on the role of “leader” in their disappearance. She has a great entrance later in the film.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts. She is Tony’s boo and, in this film, she’s with the Avengers while they’re trying to find Tony and then she and Tony manage to find a little slice of heaven in their corner of the world. I like Pepper and Tony’s relationship. She never takes any of his crap and always calls him out on his. I like her involvement as well.
Josh Brolin as Thanos. He is an intergalactic despot from Titan who collected the six Infinity Stones to inflict his will on all of reality. He’s retired because he did it. We get to see Thanos a bit more in the film than I expected and he’s still an interesting villain but he’s much more compelling in Infinity War lol. Josh Brolin still does a great job for him though.
Emotional Moments and Overall. Ya’ll I cried both times I saw this film. I cried harder the second time, but listen, it almost took me out and in a different way than Infinity War did. There is a lot of silent moments in the film that really allow us to sit with the characters in the aftermath of the Snap and how they have.
A Beautiful Ending. One of the biggest praises I think this film can receive is the fact that it manages to wrap up so many story lines and character arcs we have followed for ten years over a span of 22 films. I think that is a giant feat for this film. The characters we have come to love and admire, especially our original lineup of Avengers, really get to have great character moments, that allow us to see that while we’re coming to an end of their stories and journeys, they are still the people we have come to love and they deserve to have the world as they have given up so many things to save ours. I cried. I think mostly with the two characters who have spear-headed this universe. I think it’s beautiful, emotional, and while I still have my issues with some choices, I think for what was created, it was beautiful.
Character Arcs. Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Thor, Natasha Romanov, Nebula and Scott Lang really get some nice moments for their characters in this film. A lot of these characters have arcs that spanned over many movies, which makes sense as people are always changing, always evolving, always learning and I love that we have seen this progress and they all progress even further in this film. We get to see Tony and Steve come face to face again after the events of Civil War. They must rebuild that trust and friendship again and I think it’s easy to see that Steve really wants to do that as soon as he sees Tony. Plus, Tony finally found something he’s been looking for all his life and he must make decisions on how best to keep that while also helping to save the world. Then there’s Thor with feeling unworthy because he thinks he failed. I mean there is so much good stuff and they still manage to juggle all of this. Some gets more than others, which I get but it still works!
It’s funny. I don’t think it’s like hilarious funny, but it has a lot of funny moments. I think with this new direction for Thor, he’s been funny as Chris Hemsworth has great comedic timing and the direction Thor takes in this movie is funny but also a little sad and I think it makes sense for where he ends up. Tony is funny when he needs to be as always, we know that Paul Rudd is in this one as Scott Lang and he’s great and even Chris Evans has some great moments. Everyone at least gets two or three humorous lines.
The Big Battle. Ya’ll, listen. This is the fight we’ve always wanted in terms of everyone who is involved. I can’t say it’s the best choreographed because that honor still goes to the Elevator Scene and the Highway Scene in Captain America: Winter Soldier. Honestly all the fights in that movie lol. But just the grand scale of it all, it’s so beautiful. It brought a tear to my eye. We really get to see Steve, Tony and Thor all shine in this fight as they are our “big three” from the first group of Avengers. We also get some other nice moments during this fight that I won’t spoil but listen, I almost jumped out of my seat the first go around when something happens with a character because IT IS GLORIOUS, AND IT WAS EVERYTHING TO ME AND I AM SO HAPPY.
Pacing Issues. This movie is long, and they have said that many times. It’s over three hours long and that’s not a problem for me, even though my body didn’t care, and I had to leave one the first time and TWICE the second time. So, upset. Anyways, there are times when the movie really slows down, and I get it, there’s a lot of introspection and what not, but it also feels like it’s long for the sake of being long. I don’t think that’s always a good thing. There are middle portions where it just feels like it could have been condensed or there could have been some more meat added to it. For example, Rhodey and Nebula’s scene was a set up for another plot point, but it didn’t have nearly as much meat as what Tony, Steve, Scott and Hulk had to do, or even what Natasha and Clint had to do. Plus, Scott must learn everything that happened and of course we already know that so it’s like, it’s necessary for the character but not really for the audience.
Some Character Choices. I obviously don’t want to spoil anything, but I didn’t really like how some characters ended up in the movie. I don’t know if I can charge that against the movie or not, but I know I didn’t really like it. I get it, I really do. I’m thinking of two specific things, but I was not happy with what happened and for the sake of the movie, I guess it works, for the sake of those characters, it works but I just did not like it! lol
Overall, I love Avengers: Endgame for what it was able to accomplish and basically for being the ending to a beautiful story. The biggest thing for me was the characters and the acting. Sure, the action is great, but the real selling point is the characters and their connections to each other, their arcs and their desperation to fix what’s been done. That’s the true selling point. Everyone is top notch in this film, particularly Downey Jr., Evans, Hemsworth, Gillan, Johansson (which is high praise for me lol). The emotional points are extremely important for the film and the characters. I think it’s funny with a lot of character reactions and great dialogue pieces. Also, the last battle sequence is fun! I think we get to see a lot of characters shine and of course, I jumped out of my seat and had to catch myself during that scene lol. And of course, the ending is beautiful and bittersweet. I have a few issues with the film but a lot of them get into spoiler territory, but I think the pacing was off, it probably didn’t need to be three hours long and I didn’t like some character choices. But I think Avengers: Endgame was worth the lead up for the 22 films if just for the characters. Watch this film to get the finality of this ten-year story we have experienced!
Rating: 4 out 5 stars.
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I read this article that said the creators were really pushing Avengers: Endgame for Oscar nominations. I don’t think this is ridiculous to be honest, however, not for Best Picture. While I loved Endgame, what it represents and what it did, I don’t think compared to other MCU films that it’s the best one. For me, Captain America: Winter Soldier is still the best film and that one should have been nominated back in 2014. I would have even given Sebastian Stan a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his extremely tragic and nuanced performance as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. Endgame could be a contender for a lot of technical awards and I would even say Robert Downey Jr. or even Chris Evans for Best Actor, would they win? Probably not but I think they both could get those awards.
Now, for the REAL spoilers. I have seen people talk about the “GIRL POWER” moment in Endgame where Captain Marvel shows up and Peter has the gauntlet and she’s going to try and take it back into the quantum thingy in Scott’s brown van. So, Carol has it and Peter’s like “I don’t know how you’ll get through that”, then Wanda shows up and says, “Don’t worry” and Okoye comes into the picture “she has help” or something like that and literally all the women from the movies come into the scene. Pepper in her iron armor, Valkyrie, Shuri, Okoye, Wanda, Mantis, Gamora, Nebula and the Wasp and they start clearing the way for Carol to make it through. I cheered as it was awesome. So, I’ve seen that people are saying it’s not an earned moment and that it was forced and what not, but I don’t think I agree. I get that, especially since Natasha wasn’t included as she sacrificed herself, so Clint could get the Soul stone. I know people are upset because they killed Natasha and there wasn’t a funeral for her like there was for Tony, not to mention, she’s the first female Avenger and HOW DARE THEY NOT HAVE IN THAT KIND OF MOMENT and I think the biggest thing is here is that Natasha gave her life to not only save her family, but to save Clint who was going down a dark path and he has a wife and children. She felt like she had to do it to save him, especially after he saved her way back when. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still upset about her death, but I see why they did it. She also paved the way for all these women to be in this fight and kick some ass. It could have happened sooner, but I think it’s fine that it happened in that moment. It was also a call back to when Natasha herself appeared with Okoye to help Wanda when fighting Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Infinity War. It was a legit callback to Natasha’s line “Don’t worry…” they even had Wanda say it.