AVENGERS:ENDGAME opens with a man noticing that his entire family has disappeared, not yet knowing that half the world has also been instantly wiped out. It’s quiet and terrifying. Half a decade later a support group meets to discuss their ongoing grief; a man speaks of his attempt at a first date, and how he and his dinner partner both cried at the continued reality of what has been wrought upon them. Those two scenes are compelling — it’s rare for large-scale action movies to attempt to meaningfully show the aftermath of destruction; the human realities of both one individual family, and entire nations are conveyed in those opening minutes. It feels … truthful? Alas, after that, Avengers: Endgame spends almost three hours pivoting between giving the truth and avoiding it.
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