Detour Alert: Captain Marvel (2019)

Carol Danvers is a hero and a warrior. She becomes entangled in a war between two alien races; one that shapes the course of one Nick Fury and shifts the trajectory of her own life.

Spoilers: No (but I am going to put up a spoiler-filled version so that I can truly gush.)
Where: Theater
Rating: PG-13
Release Type: Theatrical

Cast:
+5 Brie Larsen as Carol Danvers/Vers/Captain Marvel. I wasn’t sure about Larsen when she was first cast. I knew her from Room, but didn’t know much about her other than that. She ended up blowing me away.

+5 Samuel L. Jackson. He is always perfection as Fury. He really had an opportunity to shine in this movie. Together he and Larsen were perfectly paired.

+3 for Jude Law. Ok, so I have a crush on him, so he’ll always get high points from me.

+10 for several other supporting characters/actors, some of which is spoilerish because not everyone knows about at least one character. But also, I can’t figure out who one of the characters/actors is. Once I do – that guy gets +5 all by himself.

Score: 23

Production (Writing/Directing/Soundtrack, etc…):
+5 for the soundtrack. This 90’s teen was *rocking* to the soundtrack. It was pure perfection.

+10 for the direction. From minor reaction shots to the pacing of the film; I was mesmerized.

+10 for the SFX team. They used a de-aging technique on Fury and another character; similar to what they did for Tony Stark in a previous movie. But they’ve fine tuned it and it was almost imperceptible at times. Interestingly it was less noticeable on Fury than on the other character.

+10 for the writing. It is an origin story with source material – there is only so much that can be done for originality. But the writing was sharp, funny, and felt fresh.

I was absolutely awe-struck in how the creatives behind the movie managed to balance out making women stronger without weakening their male counterparts. The women were strong. The men were strong. They worked together for a common good.

Score: 35

Other:
+3 for family friendliness. There’s a few things that might scare the youngest of viewers and there’s one gag that might annoy some parents (although its pretty minor). I’d actually almost say this is a +4 (out of 5).

+5 for a rewatch. Because I will. I already plan to see it in the theater again and will pre-order it from Amazon as soon as its available.

+5 for the Stan Lee In Memoriam. This HSP actually started to cry (my neighbor even noticed) for a moment. It was simply the best In Memoriam I have ever seen and was completely befitting the man.

+5 for the Stan Lee cameo. I hope that’s not a spoiler; but yes he had made one. And in many ways its a bit simpler than some of his previous ones, but it immediately became one of my favorites.

+1 for Lt. Trouble. She’d better be in Endgame.

+2 for whoever it was that was responsible for the way the scenes with children played out. There was one small moment where the pacing was off but it was exactly how a child would react. I was laughing so hard since I’ve been on the receiving end of “I want to show you what’s important to me because I think you are really cool” show and tells (no, kids don’t say that – but its how they act).

+10 for all the quotes. I have chosen not to include most of my favorites because I want people to experience them for themselves. But I’ll leave you with one of my favorites:

“I don’t need your approval.”

+5 for Goose the cat. Never have I been more proud to be a crazy cat lady with an orange tabby then I was watching this movie. But also Fury and Goose. Every time Fury said “That’s a good kitty,” I nearly lost it. I love Goose.

+5 for the times the women gave no heed to the jerky males – like the one guy who told a female to smile. Aww, that made my day.

Honorable Mentions:
The Blockbuster scene. I used to work for Blockbuster and the set was absolutely perfection.

Diversity galore in this movie; both in front of and behind the camera.

End Credit Scenes do exist. Stay until the very end.

Score: 41

Side Note: I actually had to *decrease* the points on so many of the metrics to get it down below a 100. Ya’ll, I absolutely loved this movie. The cast was perfection. The story was perfection. Everything came together to make a completely entertaining movie that was equal parts cathartic and exhilarating.

Also, since Marvel is owned by Disney, I think this sorta counts for my Disney Marathon . Don’t you?

Total Score: 99 (It was over 120 before I started futzing with the numbers)




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