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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Towered Over A Summer Of Surprisingly Good Movies

Summer is officially at an end as of this weekend. Lionsgate’s surprisingly good Angel Has Fallen nabbed $1.5 million in Thursday previews as it tries to at least open as well as a conventional Gerard Butler action movie (think Den of Thieves and its $15 million debut in early 2018). Meanwhile, after a $1.9 million Wednesday, we’re all hoping and praying that enough folks put their money where their mouth is to make Fox Searchlight’s delightful Ready or Not into a halfway decent hit.

There will be plenty in which to take stock for a summer where Disney (and an MCU movie from Sony) ruled over the global box office to an unprecedented degree, but I’d like to start with something positive: From Avengers: Endgame to Angel Has Fallen, this has been a summer of surprisingly good movies. By that, I mean, we’ve had many films that I ended up enjoying more than I expected.

Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame was not “better” than I expected, because the Russo-directed IMAX epic was about as “pretty good” as I anticipated. However, I was impressed by the finality of its storytelling, as it really could be the proverbial “end of the MCU” if desired. Most of my issues with the film, namely Tony’s “bring everybody back but in the present day” solution is tied into how it messes up future movies. If it were the end of the end, then it would be a perfectly lovely “endgame” on par with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II if not Return of the King.

Also in the realm of “about as good as expected” were (among many others) Long Shot, Detective Pikachu, John Wick 3, Hobbs Shaw, Annabelle Comes Home, Brightburn, Rocketman, Ready or Not,

Article source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2019/08/23/avengers-endgame-john-wick-3-spider-man-aladdin-toy-story-lion-king-detective-pikachu-stuber-midsommar-angry-birds-dora-crawl/

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