Viewing: I dunno. 4th? 5th?
Director(s): Anne Boden and Ryan Fleck
This is a kind of weird movie, and it's amazing it holds together. It takes place in the late 90's, is very concerned with events of 6 years prior, hints at things that will impact Marvel in the future, and introduces two warring species, a 2-eyed Nick Fury and the origins of the Avengers Initiative. It's got a *lot* of ground to cover.
But at the center of all that is a story about a former pilot who has been told over and over again to stay in line, that she's a mess if she doesn't have people telling her what to do, and that she lacks self-control/ is too emotional. Ie: this is a movie working as a gigantic metaphor that is constantly saying "get it? You see what we did there?" And, of course, this created a cottage industry of very angry YouTubers who are still out there, four years later, getting clicks talking about how this critically and commercially successful movie is bad, actually.*
Anyway, I like it. It's a tight sci-fi actioner with a well-developed lead, well-considered supporting characters and a very interesting take on Young Fury. I dig Larson's cocky test-pilot je ne sais quo, and the moments as she's realizing her own power (which comes in levels through the third act).
Let's not forget this movie has Annette Benning, which should get it a high-five anyway, but she's having a lot of fun with the part and you'll kind of wish you got way more time with her Mar-Vell/ Lawson. And, really, a gigantic, embarrassingly rich cast, including Lashana Lynch, Clark Gregg, Jude Law, Gemma Chan, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, and the great Ben Mendelsohn. And plenty more!
A while back, we podcasted this one, and I'm sure it was a restrained and well-pondered podcast since I think we did it like an hour after getting back from the movie.
By the way, I've never really gotten into Captain Marvel in the comics, but have tried to catch up here and there. But she is, to me, a highlight of the MCU.
Anyhoo, that's all the homework I'm doing before seeing the new movie, The Marvels, this coming week.
*Like, people are still making these videos in 2023, which means not only are they still fired up over a single movie, there's people *watching* these videos. Which. Man. You're allowed to not like a thing, but if you're still worried about it 4 years on, the problem isn't the movie.