Avengers: Endgame

After the Infinity War left the world in ruins, the surviving Avengers have to undo the actions of Thanos to restore order to the universe.

Despite this movie picking up where the last one left off, it’s not necessary to have seen Avengers: Infinity War before seeing this one, which is nice. What happened is implied, and so it makes sense that loss is a major theme of this movie. The Avengers were never quite the same after the war. Some of them are reluctant to mess around with stopping Thanos for fear they’ll lose what they’ve gained in the 5 years since the war. But their sense of duty as superheroes outweighs their fear of what could go wrong. And there are a lot of things that could go wrong.

The special effects in this movie were really cool. Because their mission involved time travel, the Avengers had to go back to events in previous years, and therefore, previous movies. It would be interesting to find out if they used any old footage from the other movies to make this one. And because anything can happen during time travel, Stan Lee had his usual cameo, although at this point it’s almost definitely posthumous.

Despite the weight of the Avengers’ mission, this was laugh-out-loud funny. Somewhat surprisingly, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) provided most of the comic relief. The end of the movie has one of the biggest – if not the biggest – fight scenes in cinematic history. It was amazing.

This movie may be three hours long, but it’s totally worth it.


Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters 2016

On Friday night, I saw the remake of Ghostbusters.  I’d seen parts of the original, so I definitely wanted to see this one.  And you can’t go wrong with Melissa McCarthy anyway.

It was really funny.  Even Mom was laughing out loud.  But I should start with the story first.  After her past comes back to haunt her, Dr. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) loses her chance of tenure at Columbia.  When she gets fired, she confronts her friend who released her book to the public, and who worked on the book with her.  Her friend, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), didn’t back down, standing by her decision to put their book online.  Everybody thought it was nonsense.  But soon enough, they see their first ghost.

Now to the cast.  They didn’t disappoint.  Some of the actors from the original made cameos, which was really cool.   I’d like to address Chris Hemsworth’s character in the movie.  He was actually most of the comedy, being the eye candy yet stupid receptionist.  I don’t remember where, but I saw a post about how someone was really disappointed about this.  But, if you think about it, his character was a profound yet  subtle role reversal.  How many times has the receptionist type character in movies been a stupid woman who only serves as eye candy for her male coworkers – her looks being the only reason she still has the job?  The same role has now been projected on Chris Hemsworth’s character, Kevin.  It takes him pretty much the entire movie just to figure out how to answer the phone.  This movie seems to turn everything around gender roles on its head.