Not a Marvel, but a Decent Film


Greetings to you, my dear readers! 

As promised a few posts ago, I am now reviewing the latest Marvel movie that I've seen, which is Captain Marvel. (No, I've not seen Endgame to this point. At this point, I'm not sure if I'll be able to see it, due to some major stuff that's been happening around here lately.)

Prepare yourself for somewhat relevant GIFs from the film, indecision, and crazy commentary from yours truly.

Sooo....



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The Plot:

If you are looking at this review to see if the movie lines up at all with the comics, there I must disappoint you. First thing, I have actually never read the comics, so I wouldn't be able to draw comparisons. Second, from what I can see from Wikipedia, it really is a different storyline from the original comics....wayyyyy different.

With that being said, however, it was a pretty engaging plot that didn't give everything away at once. There was a good element of mystery and mind play, which I like in an action film. Some of the ending scenes could have used a little more "oomph" in my opinion.


What I Liked:

- The 90's humor. While I didn't exactly remember the 90s well (I was, of course, only a tiny child)....some things that were showed in the film I definitely remember. *cough* dial-up internet *cough* *cough* Blockbuster stores *cough* *cough CDs cough*


- The relationship between Vers and Ron-Yogg for about 70% of the film. While I was not quite to the shipping stage, I definitely enjoyed seeing their strong relationship.


- The friendship that developed between Nick Fury and Carol Danvers. The banter between them was wonderful.


- How subtle the feminism was. Granted, the feminism was still present and let's be honest, rather blatant (which I did NOT like in the least). However, compared to other adaptations, this one was much more respectful towards men and wasn't shoved down my throat as much.


- The mid-credits scene. Fabulous.


- The digital de-aging was interesting to say the least. It was so subtle that I didn't pick up on it until after I looked up some articles relating to Captain Marvel in preparation for this post. My guess is that, after the controversy of using digitially-constructed faces on younger actors as they did in Rogue One, Disney got smart and went for de-aging techniques instead. Though as my brother Matthew said to me afterwards that even with CGI being so realistic now, that there is always something "off" about it that sets it apart from reality.



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What I Disliked:

- How crappily the trailer set us up for the film. Really?! No wonder there was so much online trolling launched at this film. It was not Marvel's finest, that's for sure.


- The whole story arc and concept of the Skrulls. I cannot explain in detail without going into a hugely controversial political rant, so if anyone is interested in such a post (which will also include comments on my position of Vers/Ron-Yogg), please say so in the comments.


- How Nick Fury lost his eye. Talk about anti-climatic!!


- I'm very leery about the whole deus ex machina approach they took to Captain Marvel's powers at the end. It seemed almost a game to her - which it may well be, adrenaline will do that to you. As my brother Matthew said, "I could have done without the yelps of joy she had when she was destroying that starship." Which I fully agree with - that seemed just wrong somehow.


- Goose. Okay, to be fair, I did like Goose in the beginning/midde but by the end...she FREAKED ME OUT. Just saying, Flerkens are nightmarishly terrifying. And I think Goose is a terrible name for a cat (or Flerken for that matter) and would have even preferred Chewie (the original comic book name) over Goose.


Content: 

For those who are bothered by shapeshifting, there is a fair bit of it in there. There is, of course, quite a lot of fisticuffs, violence and destruction - this is Marvel we're talking about here. As for lust, there really isn't anything (though the naked mannequin may raise some eyebrows). There wasn't really that much swearing in it either (h--- and a-- are the two that stick out the most) - though there were some rather crude chauvinistic remarks towards Carol at one point.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐



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The Soundtrack:

I'm listening to it again in full on Spotify as I write this review, and I really appreciate the mood that it gives. Perfect use of techno accents among traditional cinema music. My favorite pieces are "Waking Up" and "Boarding the Train".

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐



The Cast:

There is not much that I can say about the cast, except that they were pretty awesome in their roles. Samuel L. Jackson plays a wonderful snarky Fury, Clark Gregg plays a still lovable Coulson, and all the other actors I haven't really seen in other films. I'd heard about Jude Law, obviously, but hadn't really seen him act - I did like him as Ron-Yogg though.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐🟄



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Overall:

I would rate this movie 3 1/2 stars. My biggest takeaway from this movie is that it was a decent story, but soured by modern politics.

So, the big question is, would I buy this movie?

Well, considering that I've seen it 1 1/2 times, there is a slight possibility. Though I will say that it's not a film that I would repeatedly watch, and so I'm not sure that I would consider buying it or not.


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Well, that's the best answer I've got, Fury. Sorry.


And that's a wrap! What are some of your thoughts on Captain Marvel? Yay or Nay? Did your opinion of cats change after seeing this movie? Anyone ready to protest to Marvel? Chat with me in the comments! 

Scribbingly yours,

Catherine 


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12 comments:

  1. Haha, YES, the soundtrack is great!

    And great review, Catherine! Honestly, I didn’t really notice any politics, but I can be kind of blind to those kinds of themes in movies and books. XD I was just grateful that the "feminism" wasn’t too overwhelming - although, yeah, it seemed like Carol could do anything, which was a little wierd. :)

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    1. Right?!

      Thank you so much Nicole! It's really really well hidden in there - I probably wouldn't have picked it up except that I've got a very politically conscious family and I've been trained to find propaganda in film as a historian.

      I was too - I can't stand feminism. I would have like to see a flaw or a struggle and we didn't get that.

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  2. great review!

    honestly, i felt like there wasn't a lot of feminism in it? i was afraid that there would be, especially since Brie Larson is such an outspoken feminist. but i was pleasantly surprised by how good the movie was. YES, Carol & Fury's friendship was the best!

    i actually thought the reason why Fury lost his eye was really funny...especially since they made it seem so dramatic in "The Winter Soldier", xD. and, i'm with Nicole, i didn't really see any politics? i thought the twist with the Skrulls was really intriguing, especially since the Skrulls are villains in the Fantastic Four comics.

    k and now i really want a cat so i can name it Goose, xD. the first postcredits scene was amazing!!! <3 <3

    completely agree, it's not the best Marvel film, but i did really enjoy it. ;) <3 <3

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    1. Allison! Long time no see, girl!

      It was there, but subtle. It was more than what I would have liked, but if it had to be there, then this was the way to deal with it.

      Funny yes, but it seemed a really lame way to lose an eye from a writing perspective I think.

      See, I would have preferred the Skrulls to be villians and not anti-heroes that this movie portrayed them to be.

      Thank you so much Allison!

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  3. The 90s humor was beautiful. Explaining Blockbuster to my little sister made me feel so old, haha.

    I liked Captain Marvel, but it's not even in the running when it comes to my favorite Marvel films. Probably because of Carol's amnesia--since she doesn't even know who she is, it takes a while for her to form meaningful friendships (with anyone except Ron-Yogg, that is), so what character-to-character dynamics were there felt like "too little, too late" to me. Also the feminism...I wouldn't have minded too much, but that line where Maria's daughter tells her to go save the world instead of staying home and safe so as to be a good mother really got on my nerves. :)

    Ooh yes please to the political rant! I'd also like to hear more on the Vers/Ron-Yogg thing because...yeah. Not sure what I think/feel on them.

    Spectacular review, Catherine!

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    1. Haha, that gave sooooo much nostalgia....

      Agreed! The writing seemed a little lazy and not as well done as other Marvel movies. And I agree, when we ask children to sacrifice their parents is a little much.

      I've got it in the works already! Thank you Megan!

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  4. The soundtrack is so good! I haven't watched it yet, but I hope to. ^_^

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    1. I totally agree, and you should watch it :) I think you'd like it, Gray :)

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  5. I loved Captain Marvel. XP The music is pretty awesome too. I do agree that they could have written the plot a little better though. :-Z XD

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    1. *high fives fellow Marvel fan*

      I know! I did a bit of research (aka scanned the Wikipedia article) and the comic storyline is a lot more interesting. I wish they had ditched the political propaganda and just stuck to the originals - it probably would have been better.

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  6. Great review! I still need to watch this one.

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    1. Thank you Skye! I think you'd really like it :)

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