A Real Tear-Jerker: HiLite staff member Alina Yu reviews Avengers: Endgame

Alina Yu

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By the title of this review, you probably think I am going to write about some sappy romantic comedy that just came out on Netflix that every teen girl is probably watching right now. While there is probably a movie like that out there, this review is not for them. This tear-jerker was “Avengers: Endgame,” and yes, when I say “tear-jerker” as a huge Marvel fan, I mean a waterfall full of tears for what happens in this movie and the amazing cinematography.

For those who have watched the movie, if “endgame” now triggers you into a whirlwind of emotion, I can relate. Not only has Marvel Studios achieved excellence once again, breaking $2 billion after it’s second weekend reported by Variety Magazine, but it has also ended its third phase of movies with a bang. According to Marvel.com, Avengers: Endgame will nearly complete “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “The Infinity Saga,” which included the movies “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and the most recent movie “Captain Marvel.”

While it is hard to choke down the thought that this may be the final movie of seeing all Avengers together in one cinematic sitting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe does not disappoint, with this movie and for what’s to come. Before diving deeper, I would like to reassure you that there is a Phase Four to come, which is anticipated to occur after “Spider-Man: Far from Home” this is upcoming summer, the true end to Phase Three.

Now, let’s break it down and begin with the fact that the movie is three hours long. While some critics have been skeptical if the movie was really worth the three hours, I can effectively say it was well worth the time and if they had cut it any less or left anything out, I would have pulled my hair out. Despite having to use the restroom once because I did drink a bottle of water and ate a bag of Sour Patch Kids with 45 minutes to go, the plotline needed all the time to build and then end with applause and heartache.

In terms of the movie’s soundtrack, the music and sound effects gave the movie the extra effect of it actually happening in reality. Sitting in the theater, I laughed and was engaged with music matching mood and tone of each scene, and we can’t forget the fantastic Marvel theme song that plays throughout the movie. Producers and directors of the movie did an amazing job with the editing as well, with close-ups and entrances of each character dramatic and epic throughout the movie.

Lastly, the movie overall had some of the best acting and themes I have ever witnessed, especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Themes of self-discovery, the bond of sisterhood, feminism goals and the power of a team unite the movie to its title of “Avengers: Endgame.” Each actor and actress portrayed their character beautifully and it all came full circle in the end, and after careful reflection of each character’s fate, I will contently say it was all for the best and the universe is grateful for it.

With that said, I give this movie 3000/10 and highly recommend this movie to any viewer out there, Marvel fan or not. Read below for any spoilers if you have not watched it, or if you have watched the movie, my favorite moments from the epitome of this generation’s cinematic excellence.


First off, like what I did with the rating up there? I was especially “shook” when I saw a meme afterwards on the fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a total of 3,000 minutes, and then Tony Stark says “I love you 3,000” to his daughter (yes he has a daughter). Pure cinematic gold right there.

Let me start from the beginning. My heart literally melted and I knew I was going to cry when the first scene started with Hawkeye’s family disappearing. But what I love about the plotline is that the longing for people to see their families and those they love most is the drive in all the Avengers’ hearts throughout the movie. Of course, some people had to cope with the fact that once they are deceased they will never come back again *coughs, Thor* but at least everyone for the most part got closure.

After the video log scene of Iron Man, rest in peace, Captain Marvel enters the scene, and let me tell you, female empowerment is what I love about Marvel. Every Captain Marvel entrance, the sacrifice Black Widow makes *tears,* when the female heroes united in the fight scene and the the succession of Valkyrie as Asgard’s queen made me applaud in pride.

However, the deaths in this movie made my heart wrench. First was Black Widow, which I now understand she was sacrificing herself for Hawkeye who had a wife and kids that were going to come back from disintegration, but initially I was infuriated they didn’t know about the sacrificial process in the first place. Then it was Iron Man, who, may I note, started the cinematic universe with his movie in 2008, and was a leader and genius in the Avengers squad. Pepper Potts was an amazing wife and wanted him to feel at peace, but gosh when she started crying the tears were flooding.

But by far my favorite scene was the entrance of the Avengers army. When Falcon says “On your left” I immediately got chills for the most epic entrance ever. The arrival of fan favorites Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Peter Quill and others left the whole theater cheering. I was literally clapping, but by far the best fight scene as well.

I’d like to thank the Marvel Cinematic Universe for changing my life and giving me the best three hours of movie time on a Sunday afternoon. Can’t wait for what’s to come.