Parent Review

Does “Avengers: Endgame” Live Up to the Hype (& Can Your Kids See It?)

I made a joke on social media yesterday about dropping spoilers into my Avengers: Endgame review. It led to actual death threats. That’s one of the reasons I’m so nervous about writing this review, but I also truly don’t want to spoil anything for anybody. So instead of writing about the movie, I’m going to tell you what you need to do before seeing it.
First and foremost, buy your tickets.
That sounds like a given but it won’t be as easy as you think. Most opening weekend screenings are sold-out and that might continue for a while, so don’t wait.
Buy them now.
That leaves you time to take care of the next important step, which is watching any Avengers film you haven’t already.
Look, you could go see Avengers: Endgame without seeing the other films and you would probably still enjoy it. It would be confusing but you could figure out the overall gist enough to have fun. You’d also be short-changing yourself on what is (in my mind) the most monumental and rewarding film experience since the Star Wars franchise. Give yourself time to know and love these characters the way they deserve to be known and loved, and if you don’t have time for every movie here’s a shortened list to help. It could be weeks before you’re able to get the perfect theater seats, so make the most of the time you’ve got (feel free to skip Iron Man 2 though.)
Are you worried about taking your kids? The MPAA has rated Avengers: Endgame PG-13 for “sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language.” It has the same level of violence and profanity as the earlier films, and I caught zero sexual references. If your kid has seen any of these movies, they’ll be fine with Endgame. If they are young and haven’t seen any of the Avengers films, watch the first Iron Man at home and make your decision based on that.
DO find the time to share this series with your kids at some point, though. I have watched these films with both of my daughters over the years and have loved every second. The Avengers have come to represent an important part of their youth, even more so than any Disney “Princess” film. I look forward to the day they share these characters with their own kids and will relish the opportunity to love their stories all over again.
Now go buy those tickets! (A+)
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