Song of the Day #3,949: ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’ – Traffic

I’m temporarily pausing Random Weekends in order to offer up a quick, completely spoiler-free appreciation of Avengers: Endgame, which opened yesterday.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, have delivered what may be the best Marvel movie yet, one that builds on the careful world-building and character development of the series’ previous 21 films. Pop culture has never seen a project of this scale and magnitude executed over so long a period of time, let alone one that sticks the landing this effectively.

This film rewards fans in a dozen different ways and finds satisfying payoffs for multiple plot threads and characters. It is also very different than previous Marvel films in tone while honoring everything great about those earlier installments.

It is light on action and heavy on character moments, yet feels like half of its three-hour running time. I’ll say no more at this early date, except that I can’t wait to go back and experience it again.

Dear Mister Fantasy, play us a tune
Something to make us all happy
Do anything, take us out of this gloom
Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy
You are the one who can make us all laugh
But doing that you break out in tears
Please don’t be sad if it was a straight mind you had
We wouldn’t have known you all these years

Dear Mister Fantasy, play us a tune
Something to make us all happy
Do anything, take us out of this gloom
Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy (yeah)

Dear Mister Fantasy, play us a tune
Something to make us all happy
Do anything, take us out of this gloom
Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy
You are the one who can make us all laugh
But doing that you break out in tears
Please don’t be sad if it was a straight mind you had
We wouldn’t have known you all these years

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,949: ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’ – Traffic

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Well, I suppose the only thing I can accuse you of with this post is raising expectations, but, then again, it’s hard to imagine those expectations being raised any higher in our family. Looking forward to seeing this epic finale tomorrow!

  2. Peg says:

    Dad suggested we see Avengers Endgame so “we would have something to talk about with the kids” 😊 Amy recommended we see Avengers Infinity on Netflix so we would have some background. We did that last night. So we are ready for the big ending. Your review is promising!

  3. Maddie says:

    Definitely not nearly as high on this as you are, but looking forward to discussing once everyone has seen it. I do think there were some extraordinarily well done scenes and moments.

  4. Amy says:

    Just read a funny piece by two Marvel virgins who had each seen only one of the films nearly a decade ago. The character development you reference has taken place over that decade and myriad films, which is both what deepens our appreciation for this films in certain scenes (the two key Hawkeye/Natasha scenes, fo example), and what leaves some fans feeling disappointed (no Bruce Banner/Natasha scene?!). I’m sure those newbies felt neither the highs or the lows experienced by those of us who have invested years in these characters and stories. Not sure I love the whole lot of it 3,000, but that’s just a drop in the bucket of my love for Tony Stark and Peter Parker.

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