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Avengers: Infinity Wars

I won’t give away any spoilers for Endgame, but just so we’re all on the same page here I’m going to summarize the end of Avengers: Infinity Wars.

Endgame is to grief as The Matrix is to philosophy

I realized that Avengers: Endgame is actually a study in grief. And, because the script explores and portrays grief in so many ways so very accurately, the deaths and the stories of the bereaved touch the audience in a completely different way and on a much larger emotional scale than any other Hollywood movie I’ve seen.

Lessons in Grief

Reactions to Loss

So what?

Why does it matter, that Endgame has depicted grief so well?

  1. It’s healthy for us to see our realities and emotions reflected in movies and other media forms: it’s cathartic. Endgame lures us to the theatre with the promise of a fantastical escape, then delivers three hours of grief therapy. For some of us in the audience, it gives us what we need. (It wouldn’t surprise me if some audience members walk out, because they wanted temporary escape from their grief and feel blindsided.)
  2. This movie makes pre-teens weep in public. It makes it okay to respond to sadness and cry. These same pre-teens slaughter video game characters every day without blinking, and maybe this movie will re-civilize them somewhat. Maybe my young nephew will kinda sorta understand what it was like for me to lose my husband to cancer, because he saw Endgame.

Writing about the illness & death of my young husband from cancer, grief, widowhood & this new, Plan B life. www.heatherwmcleod.com

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