Thoughts about taking your kids to see Marvel 's Avengers: Endgame (NO SPOILERS)
Avengers: Endgame is a brilliant film that is most rewarding for those who have been following the franchise and have invested in the characters, while it is still accessible to those who (for some reason) are jumping into the franchise for the first time. That being said, after Infinity War, it would be understandable that some parents may be cautious about taking their children to see this film, especially on how the end of that film was such an emotional gut-punch.
First thing's first: Yes, this film is appropriate for children. It is rated PG-13, and the s-word is used a fair amount, and it is an intense film. The action wasn't ever gratuitous, however, but it is certainly intense. That being said, there is nothing in this film that I would object my 10 year old or my six year old in seeing. The action is epic fantasy, not realistic carnage, and the fantasy elements are so strong that younger viewers should still be able to separate fantasy from reality.
The bigger question, especially after how Infinity War devastated so many younger viewers when (Infinity War spoiler, but it's been a year, and, who are we kidding, you have seen it eight times by now) they saw their favorite characters turn to dust. This is an emotional film, and your younger viewers who may not get the intricacies of mourning and grief may be wondering why characters in the film are sad or why you are crying. It is an emotional film from start to finish. There are a LOT of laughs too, but there are a lot of moments that will catch you emotionally off-guard. This will be one that your kids will be asking a lot of questions about after the film is about, so be prepared for that.
And as you have probably have heard, it is long. It is a SOLID 3 hour film, and there's really not a good time to take a bathroom break. There is the ever slightest of a dip in its pace at the halfway point, but even then the content in that stretch is still so important, both to the story and to the character development, that it is best to make sure everyone in your party has used the restroom three times prior to sitting in your seat.
If your kids have loved the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is a ton of fan service in the film that pays off for the viewer in their dedicated to the TWENTY-TWO FILM FRANCHISE. This is a film that earns multiple viewings, and will be one that you will also be purchasing when it comes out on Blu-Ray or digital download.
It is a LOT of movie, but it is an incredible movie, and a fantastic conclusion to a TWENTY-TWO FILM story arc (I can't believe they pulled that off....such an amazing achievement in art, entertainment, and storytelling). See it first without the kids so that you can enjoy the experience without worrying about your younger ones, and then take them. Or go together to go ride the emotional roller coaster together. Either way, go see it.
Originally published on April 26, 2019