Captain Marvel (2019)
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If you've seen Brie Larson in Room, you know she can act well in a dramatic role. But the script for this movie does not play to her strengths. There is very little drama. When there is drama, it is dispelled by bathos or it has no stakes.
The audience could be invested if only there was a reason to empathize with any of the protagonists. But, since Captain Marvel never has to grapple with challenges beyond "I don't remember" and "Stereotypically abusive men didn't praise my perfection" - it's tough to relate. The true villain of this movie is Carol Danver's lack of self confidence. Though, this villainous doubt is usually hidden with snarky and snide comments, attempting humor. When Carol overcomes her lack of self confidence, she realizes that she is utterly perfect and totally powerful to the point of not being challenged by anything.
Captain Marvel (who isn't a captain) doesn't earn anything about her powers. It's like the opposite of Spider-man because there isn't even a typical sense of responsibility to accompany the powers. By "typical sense or responsibility", I mean the need to consider the consequences of action and inaction. Spider-man consistently grapples with risk to himself and others. He has a secret identity because he doesn't want villains to hurt his family and friends. And all other superhero movies in recent memory SHOW the audience the ramifications of failure and the NEED to get back up.
Remember the first Iron Man movie? Tony Stark was an arrogant, selfish rich kid pretending to be an adult. Then he encountered some major hardship and had to face his failure - the facade of his moral perfection got stripped away when the enemy was using his weapons. War profiteering - that had an effect on his chcaracter. Then he met a man who sacrificed to help him overcome. Then he went home and got coddled and told he was talking crazy - dang patriarchy keeping him down! So, Tony built a better suit with many trials and lots of experimentation and comical failure. And he learned to fly, then fell (almost to his death) as an ice block. He used his hard-earned knowledge to improve. Them he used his power to help the oppressed people who had been inoacted by his war profiteering - and got shot by the Air Force for doing so. Tony can barely go minutes of runtime without screwing up something or encountering some barrier to success. And those CHALLENGES endear him to the audience.
Carol Danvers is falling through the atmosphere when she has some kind if eureka moment or something that enabkes her to flawlessly fly. Too bad the audience of the film couldn't WATCH the inspiration happen. We see the result of the story moment, but we don't see the story.
What story we do see is totally nonsensical anyway though. Unstable tesseract goop empowers a pilot. Her enemy - who wants the tesseract and doesn't care about her at all - adopts her instead of killing her. She has no memory, so doesn't remember that she is powerful... except that she knows she can blast energy from her fists like Iron Man's hand stabilizers. But she believes her powers come from a microchip patch on her neck - even though NO ONE ELSE has a patch that gives those powers.
Why don't the others in her crack team get blaster arms from a neck patch? It's convenient for a soldier to not need to carry their weapons or remember to reload or clean their gun. "Disarm" is usually a metaphor, but in this movie it's literal. To take away Carol's blasters, you have to literally remove her arms... maybe her compatriots could benefit from such tech. But she didn't think to suggest that.
There are soooo many problems with this story. And I do mean the story itself. If Captain Marvel had been a man, the story would be just as bad. If you want specifics, just check youtube for videos that are 15 mins or longer about the movie. Lots of great observations about how the story is bad. The filmmaking is bad. The editing is bad. The visuals are good. The people are pretty. Everything else is bad.
And, come on! A stupid cat scratched his eye?! What a stupid way to destroy the credibility of Fury just fur a dumb joke. If this keeps up, Marvel's MCU will crash into dust.
Characters, story telling, background music, continuity of the MCU,
this movie is definitely the worst movie Marvel ever made till this date!
- ruins MCU continuity
- fails to inspire a single goosebump
- is far too glib
- tries too hard to be a feminist PSA (*show*, don't preach plz)
- has a horribly miscast lead hero who is also poorly written
- made me groan when Nick Fury's eye injury was revealed
- shows a ridiculously happy-go-lucky Nick Fury that doesn't mesh with his MCU personality AT ALL
- is possibly the worst MCU film (Ant Man and the Wasp anyone?)
- doesn't deserve a 7 on IMDB (especially if Wonder Woman, a far superior film, is only .4 ahead)
- can and should be criticized without political insinuations (i.e, I want female superhero films, just not crappy ones like this).
- has mediocre at best fight scenes
- has a sidekick character that - given the circumstances - makes an insanely poor decision to "come along"
- has a weak character arc, the hero doesn't struggle enough to discover her powers and then has totally OP powers and THEN doesn't fully use them against a certain person (who won't be named, Spoilers)
- deflated the possibility of having Skrulls as villains for upcoming films
- made me revise my opinion of Brie Larson as a good actress
- is regrettably diminishing my interest in the next Avengers movie
- is regrettably making me wonder if this movie is what we'll look back on and say "Marvel jumped the shark"
Captain Marvel isn't likeable because she is supposed to be this strong and clever woman that never fails. That results in no character development because if she can't fail she can't develop as a character. She has also the same personality in the beginning as she has in the end. All of her jokes and clever comments just isn't funny because they make her sound so cocky.
The big plot twist in the end that the she is working for the bad guys doesn't work if you have watched Guardians of the galaxy(which is an absolutely fantastic movie). Her backstory is way too rushed and doesn't have a impact in the end. The reason why she couldn't fully use her powers was because of some chip which was just boring.
This movie did also ruin Nick Fury and The Avengers. In Captain Marvel Fury loses his eye because of her stupid cat(which just popped up in the movies and is never explained where it came from) and the Avenger initiative comes from Captain Marvels spaceship which I don't like.
This movie was boring, Captain Marvel is unlikeable and you don´t really care about any of the characters even Nick Fury is boring in this movie. I don't recommend this movie to anyone and you don't need to see this movie to enjoy Endgame.