Little Reviews of 2019’s End Game

By Adam Hallenbeck & Hannah AkerlySports Editor & 1851 Staff

Two movies that came out this year, “Little Women” and “Avengers: Endgame,” left audience members in awe and left lasting impressions. Photos Courtesy od IMDB and Newstatesman.com

 

How can one truly tell what the best movie is? According to Statista, 786 movies were released in North America (the United States and Canada, specifically) last year. If every movie lasted exactly two hours, which they do not, then you would need to watch 1,572 hours of content spanning throughout multiple different styles and genres.

With hits like “Joker,” “Rocket Man” and the newly remade CGI “Lion King,” 2019 made it clear there was no true standout movie. This piece reviews two different successes from 2019: Marvel’s “Avengers: End- game” and “Little Women.”

Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame”

Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” was highly anticipated ever since its original announcement in 2014 as an expansion of the first Avengers movie. With co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo on this film concluding the third phase of the MCU marvel cinematic universe built through box office breakouts like “Captain America,” “Iron Man,” “Thor,” and more, the climax of the series broke records.

“Endgame” surpassed James Cameron’s “Avatar,” breaking numerous box office records in various markets. Worldwide, it set the record for the highest-grossing film of all time, the highest opening weekend gross and the fastest cumulative gross of $2.5 billion.

What makes the Marvel series so successful isn’t the big-name actors or the action-packed scenes in the movie, but it was the way they have been able to weave in the most layers and subplots of any movie series.

What makes the Marvel series so successful isn’t the big-name actors or the action-packed scenes in the movie, but it was the way they have been able to weave in the most layers and subplots of any movie series.

“Little Women”

 

This Louisa May Alcott literary classic gets a refresher with a stunning cast including, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep. Fans of the book raved as the release of the film was set on Christmas Day.

Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, this rendition of “Little Women” is the latest of many adaptations. Even though it is a classic tale, this box office success was able to stand on its own as an independent and inventive piece of literary and contemporary popular culture.

Gerwig has successfully fashioned a story that feels entirely true to its nineteenth-century origin and at the same time, undeniably modern. The lively cast can be the ones to thank for bringing this story to life once more.

The women of this film are effervescent, young, talented actresses who took their characters and shaped them into women who we all aim to be.

With the new decade just beginning and big-name movies already in place to premiere, it seems there will be no shortage of good movie content in the years to come.