Happily by others! 😊
Welcome then, to my spoiler-free review of Captain Marvel.
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…
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.