If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Avengers: Endgame fearing the worst, then worry not – the critics’ verdict is in, and it’s pretty damned positive.
The film buffs at Empire called it “a victory lap that moonwalks through the best part of the MCU back catalogue and emphasises emotion as much as action,” which is hard to paint as anything other than glowing.
The Telegraphalso describes it as a “victory lap” – albeit not of the showboating, ‘moonwalking’ kind: “Think of it as a kind of victory lap, in which a decade-plus of painstaking team assembly where the best Avengers characters were chosen is re-run at top speed, then paid off with thermonuclear dazzle and force.”
Fellow broadsheet The Guardian, meanwhile, praises the movie’s “huge sugar rush of excitement,” which means you may even be able to go easy on the ridiculously overpriced cinema popcorn.
Is it as good as the other films in the series? Almost, says Gamesradar: “Not quite as good as Infinity War, but wears its three-hour running time with ease and rewards the fans,” the site says in its verdict. “Part of the journey is the end, and this goes out with a bang that’ll make you whimper.”
Overall, reviews aggregator Metacritic has it averaging a very solid 78%, and if that sounds low, the rating is being brought down by one bad review from Slant Magazine, which criticises its “pro-forma storytelling” and “faux-improvised humour” for a killjoy score of 36%. Booo.
You can judge for yourself when the film hits cinemas tomorrow, having already broken presale box office records. Here’s the trailer again to psych yourselves up: