Ok, so I really rather enjoyed Captain Marvel. Though I have to say it wasn’t really what I was expecting in a number of ways.
It wasn’t quite as funny as I was expecting (Jackson was ok and they had good chemistry) but the whole cat thing was way overblown.
I approve of their choice of music, but they only did really short clips of the songs, which was kind frustrating.
I’m definitely getting old then, because I didn’t notice any bad hair or anyone dressing like an idiot. (other than her having a flannel shirt around her waist for 10 seconds… flannel shirts were always dumb… but it was part of her Elizabeth Shue / Kelly McGillis look, so I’ll forgive it.
I didn’t notice Fury’s de-aging at all, which is pretty impressive, though Coulson looked way too fresh faced.
While I can probably agree that some of the 90s pandering was a bit too on-the-nose, I guess it has to be broad enough to appeal to younger generations who weren’t actually there… so this is probably how my parents felt about movies set in the 60s and 70s.
The plot wasn’t what I expected and was better than i expected. There was a lot less action than i expected… and in some ways that reminded me of older action movies from the 90s, where a short fight on a train was all that was needed.
But it was a lot more talky and less actiony than I expected, and I think I mostly liked that.
I thought Larson was fine… no idea where complaints about her performance are coming from.
If there was a weak point it was that the ending did devolve into a cgi fest, and the ‘superman problem’ of her being so OP that once she was up to full power there was basically no threat.
It’ll be interesting to see how Avengers handles that.
But yeah, overall it had more heart and plot than I was expecting, but was quieter and more old-school, and it was more overtly girl-power than I’d heard.
I’m trying to think if it’d be ok for my daughter as it’d be a pretty good movie for young girls to watch.
PS/ I was wondering why Djimon Hounsou had such a small part… but I just worked it out. There are quite a few callbacks to previous movies that I’ve half forgotten.
PPS/ It wasn’t really what I expected