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Todd Arliss

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Subj: Trolls and box office aside, it's not a great film
Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 at 10:09:52 am CDT (Viewed 255 times)
Reply Subj: Captain Marvel (spoilers welcome)
Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 at 09:32:57 pm CST (Viewed 318 times)

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Has anyone here seen it?

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Marvel dropped the ball with this one, but I’m sure given its box office they won’t be crying too much. Most of the reviews I read are also BS. I think the guy from the BBC (Will Gompets?) is the only vaguely accurate critique.

When all the virtue signalling, and big-up-the-girls messaging is done, it’s ultimately not a very good film. There’s a surprising dearth of characterisation, the performances aren’t generally great. Larson is completely miscast, ranging from blank to disinterested with an irritating voice, the action is poorly directed and the whole think feels very derivative, just not in homage. Oh, and there’s no climax either, unless you count the title forming over a space back drop as Branagh did with Thor – but much less effective, emotional or indeed relevant. In fact, it feels like a poor phase one movie or something made with Marvel’s IP but by Sony or Universal. The editing and score aren't great either. Unlike Ragnarok, Panther or even Ant Man & Wasp there's no flair or individuality to this film. Sadly, its UPS is its politics and that's about it.

Fury’s character is way out, Larson and Rambeau’s actor are completely miscast and Benning’s character is unintentionally hilarious, coming over all Hillary Clinton; I’m not convinced that subtext was intentional! Many, many opportunities are missed. The film desperately needed a much better interpretation of the the Skrulls (great acting in lead Skrull not withstanding) and there’s no adversary or task to overcome nor indeed a viable journey or resolution. The film’s shortcomings are evident throughout, as it feels there was a scrambling to get this out; that it was designed by committee. Even the oft cited ‘cat steals it’ is misleading. Trust me, it doesn’t. It’s an enjoyable romp that befits immensely from being a near-vital cog in Marvel’s Endgame strategy, but has actually now left me anticipating this upcoming landmark less, not more, something I didn’t think possible. The Avengers were named after Carol! Maybe they should’ve been called the Wokengers instead.

I don't think the film was hamstrung by its message, which is not subtle. It's just not enghanced by it either. Indeed, the film seems to have an odd moral compass. A chump trying to hit on (Dan)Vers gets his bike stolen, and that's a good thing. Sure, he's obnoxious but there's no narrative justification.

Ultimately, the film would've benefited immensely from a better script, better directors and Blunt or Chastain in the lead, with a younger Angela Basset as Rambeau. But then I realised that this might indeed be a clever subtext; average can overcome adversity. The single most impressive aspect was Jackson's de-aging, which was seamless.

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