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Review: "Avengers: Endgame" is a masterclass in filmmaking

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“Avengers: Endgame” ends an 11-year era of cinematic mastery.

The film is a celebration and culmination of a monumental film legacy. Marvel has put in the work.

“Avengers: Infinity War” left our heroes with an epic task. Thanos, the purple “big bad,” snapped half of the universe’s population to dust, including many of Marvel’s tentpole heroes.

What do they do now? The movie’s tagline tells us: whatever it takes. It takes heroes, old and new, to save the universe. To say any more of the plot would ruin the experience of watching the film.

The film hits viewers with powerful moment after powerful moment. It earns every one.

Every moment builds from the events of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Characters you’ve rooted for for years get their moment in the spotlight.

This leads to a tough problem for viewers, though. Screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus built their story from 21 films, so viewers have to do their homework if they don’t want to miss any of them, even one or two.

The movie does a great job of handling the grief of losing half the universe. Comics are notorious for providing an easy out for dead characters.

Captain America and Spider-Man have died countless times and come back through the magic of plot. “Endgame” shows our characters grieving, really grieving, and trying to make sense of life.

The performances make the film.

The core Avengers, and the survivors of “Avengers: Infinity War,” are some of the greatest actors to don a superhero suit. Robert Downey Jr.’s “Tony Stark” leads the pack, with the Chrises, Evans and Hemsworths following right along behind him.

Scarlett Johansson, and the other women in the film, give amazing performances.

“Avengers: Endgame” will pull you through the emotional gamut. You’ll belly laugh. You’ll cry.

You’ll laugh while you cry. You’ll confuse your best friends when you gasp and delight at the same time and make an inhuman sound.

The movie is a masterclass in filmmaking and emotional catharsis. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? 5/5 Stars