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Grey Gargoyle

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Todd Arliss

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Subj: A popcorn movie ...
Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 at 07:44:26 am CDT (Viewed 63 times)
Reply Subj: Captain Marvel (spoilers welcome)
Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 at 09:32:57 pm CST (Viewed 116 times)


The movie is not boring and, thus, is ok as entertainment.

Still, it is far from being a masterpiece.

In the same category, I prefered Guardians of the Galaxy 1 (funnier) and Wonder Woman (more epic).

The film is fundamentally a tongue-in-cheek action comedy even if it borrows traits from other genres (thriller, science fiction, the hero's journey, et cetera).

The plot mixes a lot of ideas & references (appearances are deceiving, women's empowerment, Jason Bourne, Men in Black, ...). For obvious reasons, the story also borrows a lot of elements from the Avengers & the Guardians of the Galaxy.


To be frank, I am disappointed.

I think that the screenplay, the dialogs, the film editing, the action scenes, the digital special effects & the direction of the cast leave something to be desired.

I expected better.



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    Is the humor hilarious?


The movie has the same kind of humor than the GotG movies & Thor Ragnarok except that I liked it better in the GotG 1 movie.

There might be something wrong when the breakout character of the movie is ... the non-speaking cat.

Samuel L. Jackson's character is reduced to comic relief.



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    Are the ideas mind-expansive?

SPOILER ALERT



There are progressive ideas in the movie. They are mostly exposed when the amnesiac Carol tries to remember her past & her relationships with her family, friends & colleagues.



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    Is the protagonist of mythic proportions? Is the saga epic?


Compared to Wonder Woman, no. In my opinion, Wonder Woman is way better.



One example of a weakness in the screenplay

SPOILER ALERT

I will explain what I consider to be one of the plot holes in the movie. It is not the only one. It is only an example. Please, don't read if you don't want to know.




We still don't know why Carol Danvers would choose to call herself Captain Marvel.

There is no viable explanation in the screenplay about that, from the beginning to the end of the movie. Actually, I don't remember anyone calling her Captain Marvel in the movie.

We only know that Carol used to know a Dr. Lawson who happens to be a Kree called Mar-Vell ... That's all. Since Carol is amnesiac after she was brainwashed by the Kree, only Maria Rambeau truly remembers what a great person Dr. Lawson was.

The alias is one of the key aspects that characterizes a superhero. For example, we know why Diana is Wonder Woman. The same could be said about Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, et cetera. The explanation can be short & obvious or very complex. It can be serious or humoristic ("Star-Lord"). It can be the true name of the character (Drax, Gamora, Dr. Strange) or an alias (Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow). In any case, we, the watchers, have to know where the superhero's moniker comes from.

In this case, from start to finish, two hours later, Carol Danvers is stil only Carol Danvers. Nobody calls her Captain Marvel at any time ... Actually, we don't even know what her rank in the Kree Starforce is and the same could be said about the late Doctor Mar-Vell.


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