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Friday, March 8, 2019

Captain Marvel





I’m at the point where superhero movies don’t really bother me; since they are just here to entertain us as a viewer, no life lessons can be found here.

"Captain Marvel" does what it’s supposed to do in bringing American audiences a new superhero to embrace, and it does so in giving Oscar winner Brie Larson (“The Room”),” a role all her own as the title character, who essentially shows up in the early 1990s, when Blockbuster Video was still a flourishing neighborhood American franchise.

“Captain Marvel” contains a deluge of inside jokes only the most discerning viewers will get. For instance, a tabby cat is named “Goose,” one of the leads from 1986’s blockbuster that was “Top Gun.”

Also woven into the story are glances at another space-involved flick when Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers glances at a video box cover of Philip Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff”, an Oscar-winning flick that was very popular in the early 1980s, especially when the home rental market was booming, segueing into the mid-1990s.

Mind you readers, streaming services were not even popular then at all. As a matter of fact, they did not even exist!

Returning to the Marvel universe is Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, who has been around since his first appearance at the end of Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man” in 2008. They somehow went into “Captain Marvel” and digitally manipulated him, making him look a tad bit younger.

“Captain Marvel” is also based in realism since the Blockbuster store had promotional items such as a standee promoting Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “True Lies,” one of the last few rentals to ever grace the shelf in a video store.

So readers know, prior to my writing I spent years managing an independently owned video store in Plano, TX (it was called American Video) prior to my school work here at Richland. I think that was one of the last titles I rented to customers, back in the day when helping customers was just part of the daily activities. .

Also of note is that “Captain Marvel” will return sooner than readers think, because she will have a significant role in “Avengers: Endgame,” set to grace screens in less than a month. (April 26 to be exact.)

Like the greatness that encapsulated 2014’s awesome “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain Marvel” acknowledges the Cree race, another part of verbage only known to comic book readers, as well as viewers of the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” entry.

Again, like I’ve said in the past, I cannot give away too much without spoiling it for others.

“Captain Marvel” keeps the Marvel brand intact, since as aforementioned, it delivers in virtually every single department.

“Captain Marvel,” for all intents and purposes is a giant flashback. The movie centers on Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, who is a member of their Cree race. She has dreams that she cannot recall, but shuffles them off as a past memory from a time long ago.

In order to keep and maintain her balance, she spars with Jude Law’s Yori Rogg, an ally she confides her problems and predicaments with.

This flick is just fun since it touches and delves into childhood from the 1980s and 1990s, all the while knowing its limitations in reality.

“Captain Marvel” is worth a full-price admission, just be warned to stay for the end credits, since there are two Easter eggs at the very end.

Grade: B+







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