Thinking Out Loud: Avengers: Endgame

So I went and saw Avengers: Endgame for a 3rd time and I figured I would bring back one of my favorite articles to write. Thinking Out Loud, I go to the movies and see the film and keep running notes throughout the entire film. It’s rather fun.

Warning, SPOILERS ARE AHEAD!!!!! So only read if you want to laugh, cry, and enjoy a wonderful ride through this masterpiece of a film.

Who does put Mayo on hot dogs???

Hits you right in the gut, right out the gate with Hawkeye’s family being gone. 

Football with paper, those were the good ol days when I was school. 

HA they said Blue Meanie.

Captain Mehvel to save the day. (still not sure if I really like her or not)

Pepper and tony reunited and about to get freaky.

I thought you were a build a bear might be the funniest thing ever. 

Avengers not the Pre-Vengers…. hilarious!!!!!!!

Thanos has a retirement plan. This literally has a batch of one liners to start the reunited phase of this movie. 

Insert Thor “I like this one” in front of Captain Mehvel. (side note: I did like this interaction)

When they realized Thanos doesn’t have the stones anymore is the single greatest FU moments in movie history.

Also, Thanos being a sympathetic figure after all he had done. I think one of the better set of writing in a movie. Unreal. 

And the midst of a sincere moment, Thor chopped his head off.

AA group led by Steve Rogers, I love it. 

As if anyone would ever miss the Mets, this movie tells lies!!!!!

I love the subtle introduction to the gay character in this movie.

Chris Evans speeches throughout these movies are so good. I’ve love seeing him progress from that very first movie to now. 

Oh Hi, Ant-man 

Captain Marvel with a haircut as bad as her character. 

Rocket: going to get another haircut 💀 💀 💀 💀 💀 💀 💀

We are only about 20 minutes and someone just got up to go the bathroom 

Where in the world is Hawkeye

Oh hi Ant-man again.

Black Widow: I get emails from a raccoon. 

Daddy Iron Man is everything folks. It’s the sweetest thing ever!!!!! 

I do enjoy the loving daddy Tony and flipping to dick head Tony when talking to Ant-Man.

Back to the future isn’t a good movie. Sorry folks. 

“If you don’t talk shop, you can stay for lunch” 

Hulk Banner – Bruce Hulk… whatever you want to call him is easily one of the top 5 favorite things of this movie (don’t fact check me)

Hulk out, dab …… 

Tony Stark doing dishes is funny, do you think Downey Jr does his dishes? I doubt it. 

Little daughter saying shit? Omggggg how adorable. And she conned him into juice pops. 

Daddy Iron-Man is my favorite. 

I LOVE YOU 3000 – in my third time seeing this, it still hurts. 

Fire up the Continuum transfunctioner

The time travel trial run is pretty hilarious.

When Tony pulls up in the car and give Cap that “I was right and I am the man because I figured this all out” is straight money.

Hulk and Rocket movie is something I never knew I needed until this movie. 

FAT THOR. Whoever came up with this is a damn genius… 

Like I said on my podcast (https://anchor.fm/thevaleroverdict/episodes/The-Valero-Verdict—Avengers-Endgame-e3slfq ) number one Halloween costume will be Fat Thor.

They really turned Hawkeye into a bad ass, I really liked his character arc in this because he really is the most boring avenger and made him relevant 

The going back in time and killing Baby Thanos joke is hilarious. 

Hot tube time machine gets mentioned is amazing 

“So back to the future is a bunch of BS” yes Ant-man it is. Also my phone auto-corrects Ant-man to Batman is weird. 

Again Fat Thor during Brainstorming session is amazing 

Cap with another good speech. 

Throwing back to the original avengers when you see how useless Hawkeye and his arrow and Black widow and her little handgun were 

Fat Thor and Rocket scene back in Asgard is so good.

That’s America’s ass 

Is that Axe body spray. Hahaha. 

MATTHEW BERRY. From fantasy guru to Avenger actor. I love it. 

Cap vs Cap fight scene is so money. 

I feel like the cap seeing the little locket he has of his woman is a very MARTHA like moment from BVS

I did enjoy the way they were to incorporate a way to get Thanos into the fight the way they did.

Scene between Thor and his mom is so powerful and such a raw moment. What any of us would do to go back and get five minutes with someone we love.

Eat a salad 

The moment Tony sees his dad, and he’s like a dad in future, and the moment they share with that future understanding that he is having him. Just yes.

And Cap seeing his old flame which inspires future him at the end…. just melt my heart. 

This quote: “No amount of money ever bought a second of time.”

Black widow with her little gun and Hawkeye with his sword, about to take down a ghost. Haha. Not.

This quote as well: “I don’t judge people on their worst mistakes.”

If anyone looks for a pee break, make it happen between Widow/Eye fight over whose going to die.

A baby in the theater currently won’t stop talking or whining.

Josh Brolin is so good as Thanos, his dialogue throughout these last two films have been perfect.

Nothing like future self-killing past self in the future 

Cap getting Thor’s hammer was such a bad ass scene 

Choke slam!!!! Thanos destroying the avengers big 3 like the Spurs did the heat. 

Phone just went off and kid screaming in the middle of this awesome scene

Avengers assemble scene. My goodness folks. One of the coolest schemes I’ve ever witnessed in theaters. You knew what was going to happen and even in my third viewing gave me chills.

Spidey/Iron-Man reuniting…. allllll the feels.

And Star lord seeing Gamora, be still my heart.

WAKANDA FORVER!!!!!!

Captain Mehvel to the rescue. 

I am IRON MEN

Tony, were going to be okay. You can rest now….

PHONE RINGING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOST POWERFUL SCENE PLUS A BABY SCREAMING NOW.

I love you 3000…. My god those words.

I’m here for a guardian’s movie with Thor in it.

Falcon as the new cap, I’m intrigued

Cap and his woman dancing in the living room, all the feels…. all of them.  !

What a thrilling ride this movie was the 3rd time around.

Check out my review of the movie here: https://thesportsscript.com/2019/04/26/the-valero-verdict-avengers-endgame/

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Tell me what you thought of the movie, hit me up on here or talk to me on Twitter @RickyValero_

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Man of Steel Review

Superman: Man of Steel

Well this was the big weekend for DC Comics for sure. Could they make Superman relevant again to the world? The Man of Steel came out on Friday and brought mixed reviews with it. Today, I bring the Good, the Bad & the Ugly on the movie.

The Good –

Henry Cavill as Kent/Kal-El/Superman –

Cavill did a really good job in his portrayal of Kent/Superman. He is a solid actor, very charismatic and, most importantly, made you believe in the character. I could buy his struggle with who he was and the battle he dealt with on figuring out this “power” he held. He will be to this franchise what Christian Bale was to Batman. This was great casting by Snyder.

Zack Snyder –

Visually this was a masterpiece. You could really enjoy the background and just the color of the film that he brought to the table. He did a great job of making you care about Clark Kent. He took a huge risk in bringing in no name Cavill and it paid off. Superman is a very hard character to believe in. You have Batman who people can easily relate to; the same can be said for Spiderman, but Superman isn’t the easiest character for people to believe in. I thought Snyder did an amazing job at making you buy into the character and caring about the outcome of the film. That alone deserves a ton of credit on his part.

The fight scenes were over the top and filled with tons of action. He also did an amazing job, building up to the final fight scene, which we all anticipated.

Christopher Nolan –

He helped co-write and oversaw a bunch of relative items regarding the film. You could really tell that Nolan had a hand in the opening scene with Jor-El and the evolution of sending little Kal-El to earth. It was smart, powerful, and very meaningful. You could tell he didn’t have complete control the movie. DC was wise to have brought him on board for this film.

Michael Shannon as Zod –

I have gone back and forth since my original draft on whether I really liked this portrayal. After much pondering, I came to the conclusion that I really did like it. Shannon might not have had the best personality with the character but he played a meaningful Zod. When he was on the screen you knew it because you could feel his presence.

Russell Crowe as Jor-El –

As I wrote in Nolan’s section the opening scene was a masterpiece. Crowe is a great actor and it showed when he was on screen.

Diane Lane/Kevin Costner as Martha & Jonathan Kent –

Just great casting here. Costner was so good but I think his role will be overshadowed by the other performances in the film.

The Action –

When the fight scenes happened, they happened! They were big spectacles with buildings collapsing, fighter jets coming down, and just kick-ass fighting. I enjoyed how they went all out to make the fight scenes mean something.

Hans Zimmer & the Score – He has brought great scores to so many great films (Batman Trilogy, Inception). He did not disappoint here either; just a brilliant put together score that made the movie work scene to scene.

The Bad –

Amy Adams as Lois Lane –

When I saw the trailer I thought she would be perfect for this role. After seeing the movie, I quickly changed my opinion. She is a good actress but I don’t think this role fits her at all. In the Batman series they replaced Katie Holmes after Batman Begins, so I think a switch can be made here. I am not sure they will do it but I think they should.

The Bounce Back –

I don’t think they were sure there would be sequels of this film and you could tell. They really couldn’t do an origins story from start to finish like they did in Batman. It was kind of sad because we got the flashback scenes throughout the film and I wasn’t a fan at all of them. This film would’ve really benefited from being able to start the franchise over from scratch.

The Ugly –

The length of the film –

What is it with movies these days trying to be 3 hours long? I know this was only 2 & ½ hours long but still they could’ve easily shaved a good 20-25 minutes of the movie.

The Verdict –

3 out of 5 stars

*As I left the theater this was more of a 3 ½ out of 5-starred movie. The more it played over in my head when I started writing the review over the weekend, it came back down to 3 stars.

The team of Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill has made Superman relevant again. There was good acting, a great score and some awesome fight scenes. This was a good, fun-filled movie, but it’s just not a great one. This will not have the replay ability as the latest Batman movies or The Avengers. When it comes to being a good comic book movie, it holds its own.

Twitter: @RickyGangster