Captain Marvel – The Movie
By Hervé St-Louis
March 8, 2019 - 08:20
Studios: Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Animal Logic
Writer(s): Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch, Akira Akbar
Directed by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Produced by: Kevin Feige
Running Time: 124 minutes
Release Date: March 7, 2019
Rating: PG13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Distributors: Walt Disney Pictures
I was surprised by this movie. It does not follow a classic plot and it was weird not knowing exactly when I was in the first or the second act. This is not a criticism at all. I wish more movies were not as obvious. All of the familiar Marvel universe tropes and feel is in this movie set in 1995. For some reason, I wish it had been a bit earlier, but it really does not matter. One thing that I do not like about this movie is how Captain Marvel is billed as the most powerful Avenger. Based on what was shown, Thor, Doctor Strange, and Vision still feel very much in the higher echelon of power at Marvel.
This movie has been targeted by some because of a few comments deemed insulting to white men and most of the reviews it gets will reflect on the attempt to discredit and bash the film. Do remember that most movie reviewers are white men. Brie Larson did not say anything controversial though. She said that she wanted a more diverse crowd reviewing and commenting on her movie as opposed to the same old white guys. This was deemed an attack on white men. I would try to point out more of the logical fallacies of people pissed at Larson but it probably would not change much.
The movie has a girl positive message. So yes, Captain Marvel comes off as a Pollyanna. It also hints at the larger history of Marvel characters called Captain Marvel with Monica Rambeau taking a large role in this film. In the comics, Rambeau was the first woman to be called Captain Marvel. It’s funny because if the role model trope was used between men, this would not bother. Iron Man 3 had such an interaction between Tony Stark and a boy. Stark has the same relationship with Spider-man. Because it is so unusual it glares and feels like social justice preaching in Captain Marvel. The intent of the writers is certainly there but before crying foul, compare the Carole Danvers/Monica Rambeau relationship with the Iron Man /Spider-man one first.
Many of hand-to-hand fight scenes were too closely shot to be well appreciated. As for the visual effects of the space-bound dog fights and Captain Marvel’s use of her powers, they looked more like a videogame and made it difficult to empathize with the characters. When one watches the classic dog fights in the classic Star Wars films, one can appreciate the choreography of spaceships fighting one another. In Captain Marvel, we get an impression that does not move the plot much.
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