Lahore, PAKISTAN – Today’s worldwide release of Avengers: Endgame – possibly the most anticipated movie of 2019 – carries expectations that it could be one of the highest grossing films of all time.
The movie is expected to be have the highest grossing opening weekend in box office history, according to The Guardian. The Times of India reported that cinemas would be open around the clock for screenings.
I watched the premiere in Lahore, Pakistan and though the show was at 10:15 a.m., the crowd was worth watching. I’ve had never seen such a big crowd for any movie. After being in a queue for 10 minutes, we finally got in.
Warning: SPOILER ALERT.
The movie starts with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) being rescued from space and the superheroes confronting the villain Thanos where Thor (Chris Hemsworth) eventually decapitates him, leaving viewers speechless.
The Avengers are in a state of despair as they realize they can’t do anything to make things right, until five years later, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) comes out of quantum realm and suggests they travel back in time to make things right. This results in Avengers forming three teams and going back in time to retrieve stones to use with the help of an Infinity Gauntlet prototype made by Tony Stark. Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johannson) gives up her life to retrieve Soul Stone.
As the mission is completed, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) snaps his fingers, activating the infinity gauntlet and brings the people back to life. He also returns Thanos (Josh Brolin) – who has been living in the past – to present time on Earth. This leads to the most beautiful part of movie where we see Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) bringing all the characters together for fight againt Thanos.
The Avengers win the fight, with Tony Stark using the infinity gauntlet to kill Thanos and his army, ultimately resulting in his own death.
The movie is an immense roller coaster ride of emotions – a paradox of smiles and tears. It’s a heart-breaking, yet heart-warming movie at the same time.
I’ve barely seen the whole cinema laughing, crying, cheering together as I did in this movie. From Tony Stark being rescued to return of the fallen Avengers (Doctor Strange, Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and others), every scene was a new thrilling episode.
While we shed tears at the death of Tony Stark and the retirement of Captain America (Chris Evans), director brothers Anthony and Joe Russo did an amazing job in keeping the movie worth watching through light humor from Thor and Peter Parker as well.
Something I really liked was how the directors brought together all the female characters of Marvel. During the war, when Thanos seemed to have some good cards in his hand, the female characters, including Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Pepper Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow), Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Okoye (Danai Gurira), all came together.
Using teamwork, they efficiently weakened Thanos, making their collaboration an essential part in his defeat.
Avengers Endgame wraps up a decade of Marvel’s thrilling story of the Avengers franchise. The stories themselves span 40 years.
The movie has a strong story line, outstanding computer generated graphic effects and an extremely talented cast and crew, making it worth watching. Viewers will also get some nice surprises in the movie. I’d highly recommend watching this movie as soon as possible.
Irha Nadeem is a Senior Reporter with Youth Journalism International.