The Dove Take:
Bold, splendorous, and willing to take its time, Endgame is a satisfactory end to a longstanding series of constantly inspiring heroism. The levels of language, violence and minor drinking keep the film shy of Dove approval, although there are still many aspects that are commendable in the film.
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.
Let us think about the Avengers for a moment. Consider where they come from, what they’ve been through, where they are now. Counting on your fingers, a decade or more surpasses your hands, and you realize something special: your time and your hope are devoted to this band of heroes, a clan of sisters and brothers in pursuit of saving the world. We identify with them and seem to continue to do so, seeing as we keep buying tickets to see their movies.
Let it be perfectly clear: Marvel has a lot of ends to tie up, and Endgame puts on much pressure to do so. Rest assured. Fans of various levels of devotion should be glad to greet this film with confidence that questions will be answered, justice will be served, and hope for the good can be restored.
Amazingly, the film does a particularly fine job at making the point that this hope and goodwill do not come without a cost. People we have come to know and love in the series will not only be tested but asked to make specific sacrifices. Clocking in at a three-hour runtime, Endgame takes its time in exploring all characters in all capacities. What may sound exhausting could easily be turned into exhilarating, however. There is a great deal of joy to be found in wrapping an age of heroism with such detail to spare.
In the big picture, Endgame is a marker for how committed we are to heroism and good deeds. For years now we have followed these superheroes into a plethora of battles, now to find that deep down there is humanity that drives those heroic deeds. To be able to tag along and witness such astonishing heroism is the series’ greatest gift.