Film: Captain Marvel


Much has already been written about the significance of the arrival of Captain Marvel into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Happily by others! 😊

Welcome then, to my spoiler-free review of Captain Marvel.

The Film was released on March 8th and Critics (the paid ones) had already pronounced that although it was no Black Panther, nor Wonder Woman, they broadly gave it the thumbs-up. 👍👍

But hey, what do they know? Just a week after its release, it had already raked-in £347m globally, making it the sixth-largest opening weekend ever – just ahead of Star Wars: The Last Jedi – and more than halfway to matching Wonder Woman‘s total haul of a whopping great £626.7m.

In food retail terms that’s a hell of a lot of Beans! 😊 I think I’d quite forgotten how big the Marvel franchise is!

But actually, all I’m looking for is a great action-packed movie with an easy-to-follow plot (it’s my age and I’m still jet-lagged! – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!! 😁) In its favour, this is a super-hero origin story and they tend to, in my experience, be the better stories.

So, Jo, Janet and I headed for the local Odeon (via their Costa Coffee concession) to see this latest 124-minute super-hero romp from Marvel Studios. We caught the 7pm performance and perhaps, surprisingly, it wasn’t packed – just 24 of us! Perhaps we were the last to see it, given the mania for Marvel at the moment – or perhaps it was a turkey?

Curtain up!! Wow! A subtle (but great) tribute to the late Stan Lee as part of the opening credits. We’re straight into the action – so do pay attention as the first-act is pretty pivotal in terms of what’s to come.

It’s a good story, with a measured amount of SFX (for this type of movie); the acting is very credible, especially Brier Larson as our titular hero (heroine?). Probably though, amongst everything that’s going on, the stand-out moment is the digital ‘de-ageing’ of Samuel L Jackson and (to a lesser effect) Clark Gregg. This effect is now a semi-regular feature in MCU films – and it’s used to great effect this time round, especially given the amount of screen-time for SLJ’s. He’s been de-aged by around 35 years.

Just take a look at the photo below…

Left: SLJ now, Right: Digitally ‘de-aged’ (Photo courtesy of IndieWire.com)

Impressive huh? 👍 How do they do that? More information HERE.

All-in-all then a very watchable movie. For me, perhaps not (quite) up there with with 2011’s Captain America, the First Avenger nor 2017’s Wonder Woman, but well worth two-hours of your time as it’s pure escapism at its best. Clearly they’ll be a sequel, but I don’t think that will surprise anyone!

Oh, and if you’re a lover of cats, you’re in for a treat! However, if you’re uncomfortable around these furry friends, take it from me, you WILL need therapy after watching this! 😉😺

Another staple of MCU movies is the post-credit scene and in more recent movies, the mid-credit scene. I won’t reveal their details here, but the former is surprising and clever (but perhaps a bit disappointing) whilst the latter is a MUST-SEE.

Enjoy! 😊

Moggy Birthday – Biscuit at 14

Biscuit doing what she does best!

Biscuit turned 14 today.

With Bon-Bon looking down on her sister, Biscuit continues to be ‘top-cat’. She’s still VERY vocal at times – quite spontaneously – and a year since it first started, we’ve still no idea what she wants. It’s amazing how such a small mouth can emit such a loud noise. Luckily, her ‘tantrums’ are over as quickly as they started and when it’s at 3am, that’s a welcome relief!

She continues to be a ‘sofa-cat’ and pops up next to us in the evenings when she feels like it (which is quite often – and something she NEVER did when Bon-Bon was around).

Once a lover of tinned Tuna (only Aldi’s!), she is now completely indifferent to it. She’s back on Senior Iams and fresh chicken. She’s also sable to resist a saucer of the famous Dreamies!

She’s sleeping a lot more and hardly ever wanders upstairs when we’re asleep – she seems quite content sleeping on one of the sofas.

Patsy, our nearby Groomer, still sees her every six weeks, (every four, in the Winter), and is keeping on top of her coat. And although she planned to close down her Persian Rescue business, a year-or-so ago (again!) she still continues to take in strays and provide ‘top cat’ with a first-class grooming and bathing service.
Health-wise, Biscuit is in fine form. Although we see her limping very (very) occasionally, we assume it’s just old-age and (perhaps) a bit of arthritis in one of her back legs. Other than that, given her age, she’s doing really well.

The Cattery continues to be a god-send. We’re travelling quite a bit more these days and Valerie the owner, is recognised by Biscuit now as her second owner!

Fourteen is a good age for a Persian, so we’re counting our blessings that she is still with us.