‘Captain Marvel’ Bullet Point Review

Using bullet points, I’m going to give you my non biased (SPOILER FILLED) thoughts on another MCU entry….‘Captain Marvel’!

 

  • The effects to make Samuel L. Jackson look younger were great but you can still see the old Sam trying to break through
  • In one scene Fury (Jackson) tells Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) to “lose the flannel” and then she tosses the shirt
    • How does she know what flannel is?
  • Ronan’s (Lee Pace) role was a glorified cameo
    • He was basically that evil presence behind the hologram until you see him do nothing in person at the end
  • I was feeling the 90s soundtrack
  • Goose needs his own movie with all that cuteness (yeah, I said it) and weirdness
  • I had a feeling that Goose would be the thing that messed up Fury’s eye especially since they were getting along too well but I feared I was right
    • I have a love/hate relationship with that decision
      • I don’t like it because we all assumed that he lost it in a more dangerous/heroic generic way
      • But then I do like it because it did the opposite and went the way of the MCUs more humorous side
  • The first post credit scene showed way more than I thought it would
    • Revealing how and when Carol comes back is something I felt should have been saved for the actual movie aka ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
      • In the end, it really didn’t matter because they showed her in the latest trailer
    • I still thought it was dope though
  • Thought Coulson (Clark Gregg) would be in the movie more
    • This was the first time he’s been in a MCU movie since his “untimely demise” in ‘The Avengers’
  • Jackson was his typical humorous self, but this was the first time (I think) that we got to see him incorporate that into an upbeat version of Fury
  • Larson was good as the titular hero and I liked her confident swagger but there were moments where I felt she played it too deadpan
  • Started out with nonstop excitement but once the middle hit and explanations started to happen AND true identities started to be revealed, things became bogged down too much
  • I was happy when Carol finally reached the level of her true powers at the end because I was getting a little annoyed seeing her used a much tamer arsenal throughout the movie
    • I get it’s an origin story and all that jazz but this is the person who is supposed to pose a big threat to Thanos so I just wanted to see her show off her range more
  • Cool MCU easter eggs and origin reveals
    • Ex. How “Avengers Initiative” got its name
  • The “women are too emotional to be leaders” mumble jumble was the message trying to be dispelled and it was handled well, especially with the relationship between Carol and Yon-Rogg (Jude Law)
    • Once she stopped listening to Yon-Rogg and stopped controlling her emotions, she became stronger than she ever was
  • The twist of the Skrulls actually being the “good guys” as opposed to the Kree was a nice one but if some of the Skrulls aren’t used as some type of villain in future MCU movies, I’m going to be very disappointed
    • A Skrull invasion could be a good follow up to the Thanos and Infinity Stones storyline
  • AS I WRITE THIS (so my opinion could change), I would say this is one of my least favorite MCU entries
  • To Sum it Up: Kept to the winning MCU formula but was missing the piece of excitement that will make you remember it above the rest

RATING: Must Own

 

P.S. I have returned to my rating scale that I used to use but with a slight update. There are four different levels. Below is each level in order from best to worse and what each one means.

Must Own = A movie that is so good that I must add it to my Blu-ray collection when it comes out.

Would Accept as a Gift = I enjoyed the movie but don’t necessarily have to buy it (especially if I don’t have the funds to) myself but I would take it if someone bought it for me.

Might Stream = A movie that if I have the urge to watch again then I’ll just stream it from somewhere

Never See Again = Very simple. I don’t want to ever see this movie again.

 

(Photo Credit: Marvel; Marvel Studios; https://heroichollywood.com/captain-marvel-jude-law-game-yon-rogg/)

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