I’m old enough to have read a few versions of Captain Marvel, so I tried to go in with an open mind about what this might bring to the table.
I’m glad I did.
All the familiar elements are there. The Kree and Skrull are fighting. SHIELD is stuck in the middle, trying to figure things out. We get to see the earlier versions of a few (now) staples of the MCU and perhaps some insights into their contemporary versions.
But how did it do?
Before we answer that, I think we need to ask a more important question…
Who was this for?
Was this movie really for ME? Was it for someone who grew up with the various incarnations of Marvel/Mar-Vell/etc in the comics? …or is this movie for the kids growing up today in the MCU?
My 11yo says very much the latter...
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This is the Lara Croft movie we should have had before we got Angelina Jolie’s efforts.
While she isn’t a tomb raider yet, strictly speaking, we do get some interesting glimpses into the life Lara Croft might have lived before she became the star of movies and video games. This is more the ‘Young Indiana’ to Indiana’s later efforts.
Plenty of action, even if some of it is a bit stretching of the disbelief meter. Most of the first 80% of the film is decent for keeping your pulse going, but some of the final tomb bits are a bit over the top. Nothing to walk out of the theatre over, but a bit out of place when put up against the more grounded action of most of the rest of the film.
Weaving of future threads...Read More
Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel
Written by: Nikolaj Arcel, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, and Anders Thomas Jensen
The Dark Tower is a disappointment.
Usually I’d start with a synopsis of the plot, but the plot of this movie is so barebones that it hardly matters, and I think a bit of a disclaimer is important here. The Dark Tower is based off of the Stephen King novels of the same name, which I’ve been a fan of for years, and in fact, I’ve been waiting for this adaptation of the series for years. To me, it’s a massive disappointment. Perhaps, for people who have not read the books, it will simply be a shallow, but serviceable action film, but for a fan of the books, it is a massive disappointment, and that’s bound to affect how I see the movie as a whole.
While King’s magnum opus ser...Read More
One of the cinematic highlights of 2014 was the animated feature, The Lego Movie, and one of the most entertaining aspects of that film, was the Will Arnett voiced Batman character, and his one-liners. Fast-forward to 2017, and now the animated blockbuster of the year is The Lego Batman Movie.
I would love to call this a solo Batman film, but in addition to Arnett’s Batman, there are a wealth of great characters, both heroes and villains. Part of the fun of this one is seeing so many great characters, from both the DC Universe, but also many other of the Lego character universes…and hearing the voice talents of so many great performers like Michael Cera (Robin), Rosario Dawson (Batgirl), Ralph Fiennes (Alfred), Zach Galifianakis (Joker), and even Siri as the Batcomputer...Read More
‘A Star Wars Story’ for sure, but not your typical Star Wars story.
Right from the get-go, this is more ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ than ‘A New Hope’ or ‘Return of the Jedi’.
Yes, the story is heroic, but not all heroes live to see the victory parade. Rogue One shows the darker side of the Rebellion, and touches on some of the desperate measures the Rebels undertook to overcome the Galactic Empire. There is much grey in this galaxy.
Without too many spoilers, this movie ties together quite a bit, and answers many unspoken questions from A New Hope. Far from a small footnote in Galactic history briefly mentioned way back in 1977, the events leading up to the Rebel capture of the Death Star plans were actually a separate adventure of their own, quite deserving their own movie.
Cameos galore, ...Read More