Movie Review: Captain Marvel
[No spoilers, just my impressions.]
Every once in a while, when I'm watching a movie and a line of dialogue is especially wooden, cliché, on-the-nose, or just plain stupid, I say "gross" out loud. It's a reflex. I don't know I'm doing it.
I said "gross" a lot during this movie.
I'm usually not one to throw stones about dialogue, because Lord knows it's not like my characters belong in a Tarantino movie. But there were a few lines in Captain Marvel that...stood out in an unfortunate manner.
That's my least-important observation out of the way. The bulk of the movie was just forgettable. It's a bland sandwich. I can't picture myself ever watching this again, and I can't imagine a reason to do so.
There were some fundamental story issues I had with it; for instance, the film pretends that the heroine goes through an arc, but she doesn't, which robs the ending of all tension or emotional weight. She's the same person in the first scene that she is in the last, barring only superficial changes.
That's an example, and I could go on, but there's really no point. The underlying story structure of the movie wasn't as broken as many others, and that's too much of an intellectual argument anyway.
Let's get to the heart of it: it was boring. I was bored.
Most of the action sequences are chase scenes with no stakes. If the good guys fail to catch the bad guys...so what? I'm not led to believe that something terrible is going to happen. Just that the chase will go on. So the chases feel pointless.
Carol (Captain Marvel) is the strongest person around from the very beginning, so I'm never afraid she's going to lose a fight. In fact, there are a few times where the movie pretends she's going to lose, but it's contradictory to the powers she already has--she gets physically restrained by ordinary humans at one point in the middle.
Whenever we watch any solo superhero movie, we know they're going to win in the end. In that sense, there should be no tension. But there usually is, because the story is told well, and emphasizes what's at stake and how the heroes might lose if they don't dig deep and evolve beyond the person they were.
Here's the bottom line: my sister was really looking forward to Marvel's first solo superheroine movie, and she was excited to buy a Captain Marvel cosplay to wear to conventions this year. She usually goes as Wonder Woman, or Belle, or Rey.
When she walked out of the theater this time, she said, "Man, I'm glad I didn't buy that costume."
3/11/2019 10:24:14 am
Did somebody say "Will Wight movie review streams."?
3/11/2019 10:56:04 am
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3/11/2019 11:31:40 am
Yeah I agree the movie was boring and I think it was just meant to be an intro to Captain marvel so they don't have to do so in avengers. Honestly the whole thing could have been a 30 min tv special or something. One nitpick of your review we see her get restrained by humans and two things could have happened A she just didn't want to hurt them or B they pulled her off balance and took away leverage. As someone who does jui Jitsu I can tell you a strong person can't do shit without leverage and because she doesn't have the weight to anchor herself she could have been restrained.
3/12/2019 08:43:57 am
She can fly, right? I suspect that leverage is a lot less important when you can fly. And can't she just hover a few feet off the floor and wait for them to let go?
3/14/2019 02:05:40 am
Well she only learned to fly at the end after she fell from space.
3/12/2019 06:10:54 pm
I don't remember her getting restrained by humans, when was that
3/16/2019 03:51:58 am
On the train, a few humans tried to restrain her when she was trying to fight the old lady scroll.
3/17/2019 12:28:12 pm
a normal human might not be able to do anything if they don't have leverage but captain marvel isn't exactly a normal human. also, she could have gotten away without hurting them
3/11/2019 02:48:10 pm
I would t say I was bored, but I won’t be eager for a rewatch. The lack of growth was the biggest letdown. They didn’t hint at the “twist,” they used a sledgehammer. None of the most interesting points have to do with the main character or the main plot. Definitely toward the bottom of MCU ranking.
Fellow Daoist Ji Ning
3/11/2019 04:30:54 pm
Amazon studios pays 55k for a TV script and 200k for a movie script. If you want to take a break from writing books Will you could toss them something!
3/11/2019 04:34:40 pm
I'm actually ok with this. I'd love to see a, faithfully done, movie of the Cradle series.
3/11/2019 06:19:49 pm
That would be awesome... if it were done faithfully, and in a way were you could see there core. I think the biggest problem with a movie would be showing madra, but I'm sure they could think of something.
3/11/2019 06:09:07 pm
What’s the cover of Underlord?
3/11/2019 06:18:14 pm
Heaven drop (or an o'ree'oh)
3/11/2019 06:20:12 pm
Go to willwight.com
3/12/2019 01:29:12 pm
Thanks for the review. I won't waste my ten bucks seeing this in theaters. Mayber Red Box for 2 dollars. Also Underlord is out on Audible now.
3/13/2019 05:16:06 pm
It's decent for what it is. The problem is mostly that stories about amnesiac characters which involve them discovering their past always waste way too much time in flashbacks. The point is always for the character to discover some meaningful thing about their past that explains/justifies what they're doing now, because after you consider the time that's spent on flashbacks, there isn't any more time for the character to move forward in addition to that Monumental Discovery.
I agree with you, Madeline. I know my review was pretty much entirely negative, but I didn't hate the movie. It's not like I walked out of the theater angry. I just thought it was...bland. And I was disappointed in it because I expected them to do better for Marvel's first female-led film.
3/13/2019 12:03:26 pm
3/13/2019 01:45:51 pm
Dang... I just reread the entire series after reading underlord and I missed that. I was under the impression he was just over 30 at the time of Blackflame, but the context does imply it was at the time he came to the empire.
3/13/2019 06:43:29 pm
Pretty sure that was a retcon by Will. No big deal though. If it improves the story than I'm all for it. I probably wouldn't have even noticed it even though I've read the story beginning to end 4 times if not for the fan subreddit.
3/20/2019 12:09:27 am
I think Will said somewhere that Eithan was just over 30 when he became an underlord (which was some time after he moved to the BFE)
3/20/2019 04:33:25 am
3/20/2019 04:42:53 am
Ignore upper comment it belongs lower in the chain
3/13/2019 11:00:54 pm
My argument to your statement is that it doesn't say WHEN he wasn't far past thirty. Cassias could be referring to Eithan not being past thirty at that exact point of time in Blackflame. Remember in Underlord he's 34. That means in Blackflame he would likely have been 33.
3/14/2019 02:03:05 am
The whole paragraph was in the past tense which means at that point of time when he just arrived.
3/14/2019 05:02:31 am
Or another possible explanation, the Blackflame branch of the Arelius family doesn't seem to know much about their main family. Given Eithan's manipulativeness, it's also conceivable that he walked through the gate, already an Underlord, younger than thirty, and, knowing that he LOOKS much younger than most Underlords of the Empire, told them he was thirty.
3/14/2019 06:26:01 am
Personally i believe a simple fix of Will adding Cassias specifying Eithans age to be 33 at blackflame a much better excuse. The idea that Eithan could fool Sages, Heralds and Monarchs about his age is ludicrous. I doubt they wouldn't check the competitors.
3/14/2019 10:44:21 am
4/5/2019 03:09:25 pm
I read that as the life artist guarantied he wasent older then that, but he might be younger. That they couldent say the exact age.
3/14/2019 10:43:45 pm
This response really belongs lower in the thread and basically agrees with Phlinn's second theory.
3/15/2019 12:44:29 am
3/15/2019 08:40:54 pm
What you're saying is the normal interpretation but not the only one or the strictest logical one. Think of it this way:
3/15/2019 11:14:11 pm
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3/19/2019 05:16:06 pm
@end of comment chain - Avinash's 3'rd comment
3/20/2019 04:35:02 am
3/15/2019 08:14:36 am
Thats a fair point. But another explanation could be the difference in perceived ages. Lindon believed he was 17 according to SV standards but the Empire used his biological birthdate making him 18. It could be that the tournament isn't using a biological date or something along those lines to account for age discrepancies.
3/15/2019 10:20:36 am
Maybe but i think the life artist would have found his biological age , and pretty sure the contest ent would be checked on biological age itself as its a worldwide event
You have had a very long discussion about this, and unfortunately the explanation is very simple: the line in Blackflame was poorly phrased.
3/19/2019 05:23:37 pm
As someone above pointed out, do we know that we have the same calender as they do? we know that sacred valley has a different one from the 'biological' one, but even that one would be subject to the calendar that the practitioner used.
3/20/2019 04:41:17 am
3/20/2019 04:59:28 am
4/5/2019 03:13:11 pm
Not a big deal. But frankly, I took it as the Aurelius life artist not being able to pinpoint age that exactely, and since the interesting part was max age, they stated the highest age he could be. That they said "he is at most alittle over 30"
3/13/2019 01:37:18 pm
3/14/2019 09:25:34 am
Yeah, it's one of those disappointments that seems to always happen in hundred million $ films that try to have a strong female lead. They're afraid to give her any flaws so there's no character growth.
3/17/2019 05:34:28 am
I was wondering why there are so many "meh" reviews of this movie, and now, having seen it last night and read this blog, I understand. It's too subtle for most Americans. It's a classic problem resultant from the dumbing down of our society. As some have pointed out, in 1942, Bambi's mom killed off-screen was enough. By 1994, Simba has to paw over his dead father for a few minutes to get the same effect.
3/17/2019 10:46:06 pm
Ha! And you're one of the enlightened few, huh? Your interperetation is made of nothing but hot air and patronizing guesswork.
3/19/2019 01:05:53 pm
Shh, Mike is just trying to mansplain the movie to us.
3/19/2019 05:19:39 pm
I agree with the fact that she was overpowered, after all, she did go through, like, 20 nukes and come out completely fine, and she completely destroyed an entire ship in about 5 seconds, but I do want to point out that this isn't the movie makers fault, she was even more overpowered in the comics.
3/19/2019 05:27:57 pm
Andrew Rowe has commented multiple times on your books, including when underlord was reased, Will, and stated that you were 'friends', yet I've never seen a mention of him(Andrew Rowe) or his books. I'm sensing a unfair relationship here.
3/21/2019 05:21:14 pm
Easily explained by the fact that Corin can only wish he was cool enough to get into one of Will's stories >.> ;p
3/22/2019 09:13:20 am
I'm not asking for a story, only a blog mention.
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