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The Avengers : England Game (2019) movie

Star – Robert Downey – Junior

My Rating ***

Action > Comic Book

3 Hr 02 Minutes.

PG13

U.S.A

Awards – 17 Wins & 26 Nominations

So ‘The Avengers: Endgame’ has just crept past the rather over-hyped tedium that is Avatar as the highest grossing movie of all time, probably down to my digital rental on Sky TV this week. In fact it’s the first time in 45 years, the highest-grossing movie ever was not directed by [Steven] Spielberg, [James] Cameron or [George] Lucas. The Rosso Brothers now hold that record and their second entry in the top five of all time, Avengers: Infinity Wars, also theirs. I hoped they signed up for some back end points on the deal. It’s very much a spreadsheet, marketing green-screen movie achievement though. It’s the first movie to do a billion dollars in its opening weekend! The Avengers quadrilogy has done $7.5 billion dollars to date and now no fewer than 8 Marvel films in the Top 25 highest grossing films of all time, $12 billion dollars to date. Is this really the end of The Avengers?

= The Top 5 =

1st – The Avengers: Endgame – $2.78 billion

2nd – Avatar – $2.77 billion

3nd – Titanic – $2.12 billion

4th – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $2.11 billion

5th – The Avengers: Infinity War – $2:05 billion

It’s the 22nd film from The Marvel Universe and the cast has more stars than that universe, no fewer than 19 Oscar nominees here, of which 8 won The Oscar. Needless to say these films win very few established and respected awards.

= = = The Top 5 earners from the 22 films = = =

Chris Hemsworth (Thor) – $76.4m (£60.7m)

Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) – $66m (£52.5m)

Bradley Cooper (Rocket) – $57m (£45m)

Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) – $56m (£44.5m)

Chris Evans (Captain America) – $43.5m (£34.6m)

===Cast===

Robert Downey Jr.      …         Tony Stark / Iron Man

Chris Evans    …         Steve Rogers / Captain America

Mark Ruffalo  …         Bruce Banner / Hulk

Chris Hemsworth       …         Thor

Josh Brolin …                      Thanos

Scarlett Johansson      …         Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow

Jeremy Renner            …         Clint Barton / Hawkeye

Don Cheadle   …         James Rhodes / War Machine

Paul Rudd       …         Scott Lang / Ant-Man

Benedict Cumberbatch           …         Doctor Strange

Chadwick Boseman    …         T’Challa / Black Panther

Brie Larson     …         Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel

Tom Holland  …         Peter Parker / Spider-Man

Karen Gillan   …         Nebula

Zoe Saldana    …         Gamora

Evangeline Lilly         …         Hope Van Dyne / Wasp

Tessa Thompson         …         Valkyrie

Rene Russo     …         Frigga

Elizabeth Olsen          …         Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch

Anthony Mackie         …         Sam Wilson / Falcon

Sebastian Stan            …         Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier

Tom Hiddleston          …         Loki

Danai Gurira   …         Okoye

Benedict Wong           …         Wong

Pom Klementieff        …         Mantis

Dave Bautista …         Drax

Letitia Wright …         Shuri

John Slattery   …         Howard Stark

Tilda Swinton …         The Ancient One

Natalie Portman         …         Jane Foster

Taika Waititi  …         Korg (voice)

Angela Bassett            …         Ramonda

Michael Douglas        …         Hank Pym

Michelle Pfeiffer        …         Janet Van Dyne

===Plot===

So we pick up a month after the ending of the last film when Thanos (Josh Brolin) has reduced all life in the universe by 50% by using the gauntlet weapon and the Infinity Stones, The Avengers not exempt from losing loved ones. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) has been out looking for Tony Stark (RDJ) in deep space and returned him to life, and to the remaining Avengers at their HQ, in the nick of time. The plan is to find Thanos and recover the Stones before he can do far worse but when they do track him down he has destroyed the stones and living the simple life on his own near empty green planet.

When Ant Man (Paul Rudd) is restored to normal size a new plan is hatched, those 23 days just 5 hours for him in the micro world. If time is somehow distorted in that realm then maybe Stark and co can manipulate Pym’s machine to go back in time and steel the Infinity stones before Thanos gets all seven stones? A reluctant Stark is eventually on board as the team is assembled, the machine perfected and The Avengers sent back in time to simultaneously get the stones.

===Results===

With the death of Marvel comic God Stan Lee (who has his final comic cameo in this one) it feels like the right time to scale back The Marvel Universe. Avengers: End Game sits 49th in the all time rated movies on IMDB and the Marvel Universe skewing every aspect of Hollywood now. It peaked for me after Iron Man and The Thor films but the big studios now making the films they think will make the biggest returns, most of those comic book ones. But because of their somewhat simplistic plots and spellbinding special effects they appeal to worldwide audiences. This will never end.

I enjoyed his one in the same way I did the other Avengers films but I have had enough now. The special effects are easy to do now and so we are no longer wowed by that and down to the acting and this one just lacked the humor of previous Marvel films to take over the line, what separates them from the DC Comics world. It’s a bit slow at the start and a flabby and pretentious three hours long. The big action final set piece saves the day to wrap up the quadrilogy but very much a spreadsheet movie with the well paid beautiful cast and lavish sets devouring every scent of that $356 million dollar budget. The Marvel movie has become a parody of itself. But the biggest losers here are the main characters killed off by the end of his and no longer on the Marvel money train.

===RATINGS===

Imdb.com 8.5/10.0 – (574,324votes)

Rottentomatos.com –94% critic’s approval

Metacritic.com – 78% critic’s approval

===Trailer===

https://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2163260441?playlistId=tt4154796&ref_=tt_ov_vi

What do you think?

7 points

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