REVIEW: Captain Marvel

You know? I like the Marvel universe. I know it’s some basic shit. I know there has been a billion of them (21 now) and  most are either pretty good, or at least entertaining, so I go see them. I like the universe, I like the connected characters, and I like superheroes in fun costumes!

So here we come now to Captain Marvel, number 21. The first female led superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Films is a inferring a new beginning after Avengers Endgame. Robert Downey Jr. will be done, Chris Evans is done, Brie Larson is the future. I am unsure what will happen in Endgame, but I am sure not everyone is going to make it out alive. Before I go any further I should say, I am a white male. I don’t know why that matters, but I feel like I should say it before going any further.

Story (Plot) 3-5

SPOILERS YO! Superhero Origin story, told in kind of a funky-out-of-order-way. Carol Danvers is already on Hala, the Kree homeworld.  She already has her glowy powers and she’s learning to be a soldier from Yon-Rogg (played by Jude Law). Carol has no memory of being human.  The audience already knows she is…so much of the plot is us just waiting for her to figure out what we already know.

“YADDA YADDA”  The Kree and Skrulls are at war.  Space and shit, the story has some unexpected turns and I didn’t guess everything and I was pleasantly surprised by some happenings. The most unexpected development is the Skrulls are not really the bad guys.  In the Marvel Comics Universe, the Skrulls have always been dicks. It turns out the Kree are the dicks! Carol has been working for the bad guys all along! OH NO! Also I don’t know how I feel about Nick Fury losing his freaking eye from a “cat” scratch. Yep…

Production (Directing, Editing, Music)3-5

Most of this was pretty straight forward. Some of the mystery is lost and Carol finding her past takes too long. I feel like the last fight sequence was drawn out and didn’t have significant consequences.  I would have liked her to have fought something that actually given her a more substantial challenge, maybe we see that in Endgame? The tone is just wrong. Captain marvel just has many random lines, scenes and acting choices that doesn’t need to be there. I think the film needs a second cut and some scene retakes.

Music was like every other Marvel movie. The score to put it mildly is not memorable.  There is for one notable difference, the inclusion of 90s nostalgia stroking mostly through the use of alternative rock anthems. The clearest example of is Carol’s big fight scene against her former Kree squadmates set to No Doubt’s “I’m Just a Girl”. BEGIN RAGE RANT! It wasn’t even like it was playing the jukebox randomly while they fight, just started playing. THEY ARE ON A SPACESHIP!  At the very least in Guardians of the Galaxy the inclusion of notstalgic pop musis is given some context. There is usually a character listening to Quill’s mixtape, so the nostalgia made sense. There is a shot in this scene that she blows up the jukebox, like this is what they wanted to do, the jukebox is supposed to be playing “I’m just a girl”. It’s just playing out of thin air. No, this scene didn’t work, and took me right out of the movie  Rant over.

Characters (Likability, Acting) 2-5

I like Brie Larson.. I was really excited for her in this movie. But she is the weakest part of the film. Her character doesn’t really have an arc, maybe this example should go under the review heading of  “Directing”, but honestly when people talk to me about this movie, no one really mentions her being likeable or her doing a great job. She was just kinda “meh”. This sucks because I like the actress and the character of Carol Danvers from the comics. She just didn’t work here.

Sam freaking Jackson killed it. The digital de-aged stuff is batshit! After a few scenes, you forget that he’s not 30 years younger! The man is 71 people! This technology has come so far. I thought it looked a bit funky in “Captain America Civil War” when Tony Stark appears as a hologram in which he is 20 years younger. It looked ok, but this movie was damn perfect. I never doubted it for a second.  Bravo, Marvel! Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury the best part of the movie. The man is seriously funny. This is bizarre because Nick fury is such a chromogen in other films. Maybe they digitally de-assholed him? Don’t think too hard about that imagery.

And now we turn to Goose the Cat.  I have never really been a cat person. So most of the cute factor is lost on me.  Sure, I love animals and all, but it’s just a cat. So every scene the movie really wants you to love this cat, I end up going the other way.  I start to hate the cat. There are perhaps 5 “ahhh cat” moments. The “ahhh cat” scene I actually liked was the end credit scene. Cats are so awkward when they puke.

Writing (Dialogue, Cleverness)3-5

This movie wanted to Guardians of the Galaxy 3 so badly. But the tone was wrong. Most of the jokes fell flat. Carol’s character never really grows. The majority of the movie is just spent telling us stuff we already know. I had so many questions. Like she has no memory right? How does she know how to ride a motorcycle? How does she know anything about anything on Earth? She should have been really confused, and she wasn’t. There should have been more fish out of water stuff. Are the writers just afraid of making her look like she doesn’t know what she was doing? Because that would make more sense.

Emotions (Was it; Fun, Scary, Sad, Do I care) 4-5

All said, it’s a Marvel movie. The problem is it is not a stand alone movie. It’s part of a bigger universe, so I give it some wiggle room. It adds to an existing narrative that I enjoy. The action scenes are fun, and Carol’s powers are cool. I feel like they steered the wheel too far into making her unstoppable. She becomes too like Superman, too powerful and ultimately boring.

BLACKOUT COMIC BOOK DORK MOMENT! She got her powers from the Tesseract, which makes her about equal to how powerful Scarlet Witch, who got her powers from the Mind Stone. I would love to see them slug it out. It’s just too bad Scarlet Witch is dust right now.

Overall score 15-25

This film pretty low in the list of Marvel movies for me, somewhere between Ant-man and Iron Man 3.  I have been pretty hard on this movie until this point, but honestly it was fun. I just wanted it to be great, but then, most of the Marvel movies are not great. They are just good. I am unsure about the future of Marvel movies. I know I will keep watching them.

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ONE ZERO ONE: New Year, Same Geeks



Episode One Zero One: New Year, Same Geeks
Recorded 1/16/2019
Happy New Year!  Your boys are back and we are off and running into the future.  We start this episode with an in-depth discussion on creating new content for your enjoyment.  We look forward to big events coming this year. 2019 might just be the most incredible year for geek-dom ever. We dig into the new Spider-man: Far From Home trailer and what it means for the future of the MCU.  We are encouraged by the latest casting news for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune films.  Patrick has undertaken an epic re-watch of Joss Whedon’s seminal series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Brothers all commit to playing Anthem at its release. And Chris debuts a new sign off.
Trivia is future themed. And it’s a success.
F.I.T.M.K.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYYtuKyMtY8

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One Hundred: The Milestone

Episode One Hundred:  The Milestone.

Recorded 12/30/2018

It’s an incredibly, super-duper, hugely extra fun live episode!  Our annual holiday recording from Andrew’s apartment in Phoenix!  We talk family holiday fun and our parents 50th anniversary party.  We rank the big three holiday films: BumblebeeAquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.  We reminisce on the best of 2018, what we saw, read and played.  We discuss what we look forward to most in 2019. 

A special thank you to Legendary Listener for this episode’s trivia questions 

Be Curious and see you all in 2019!

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Ninety Nine: The One Before The Milestone

Episode Ninety-Nine: The One before the Milestone

Recorded 12/15/2018

This episode we say goodbye to a man who helped shape popular culture.  We fondly reflect on the legacy of the great Stan Lee and what he meant especially to our childhoods.  Fittingly, we dissect the Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame trailers. (See the links below.)  We hype numerous holiday movie releases, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBumblebee and Aquaman just to name a handful. We bid farewell to Netflix’s Daredevil.  Patrick is reading a classic of “Hero” literature.  Andrew is enjoying the final book in the First Law trilogy and Chris convinces the other two to give The Passage a read through.  Andrew is playing through The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One and that triggers all kinds of Halonostalgia.  If you don’t know what a LAN party is, look it up.  Patrick is dissatisfied with the newest Fallout game, and he is worried it will only get worse.  Christopher absolutely loves the wild fun of the newest Forza racing game.  True to family form, his favorite car to drive is a classic but updated version of a Ford Mustang.

Trivia is brought to you buy the wonderful mind-bending Christopher Nolan heist movie Inception.  And the boys nail it!

B.C.

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Ninety Eight: Almost a Milestone Episode

Episode Ninety-Eight: Almost a Milestone Episode

Recorded 10/27/2018

We record on a Saturday morning.  One of us is hung over, can you guess which?  We geek out hard on Star Trek TNG.  The nostalgia is flying around and gets everywhere.  We talk about Daredevil Season 3 and our hot takes are heated.  Andrew challenges Christopher.  Patrick is elbows deep in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The game has invaded his brain.  He’s probably thinking about it right now.  Andrew is reading book 2 of The First Law Trilogy and it continues to scratch his itch for high quality fantasy fiction.  Chris anticipates one of our returning favorites comics with Montress Volume 3.  If you haven’t read Monstress Volumes 1 and 2, what have you been doing with our life?

Trivia is Batman The Animated Series themed.

B.C.

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Ninety Seven:Is This Thing On?

 

Episode Ninety-Seven: Is This Thing On?

Recorded on October 1st 2018

This episode sees the return of our nemesis, Technical Difficulties!

We soldier on and our discussion is high quality.  We examine the now proven conspiracy that is The Last Jedi Hate Cult.  We talk Netflix’s animated series The Dragon Prince.  We hoped for something more Avatar: The Last Airbender but we got something more “tropey”.  We have all finishedIron Fist and while it was a vast improvement over season 1, we lament that the series won’t just go for it and let Danny Rand be the badass we know he is capable of being.  Andrew is reading the new Robert Galbraith mystery, Lethal White.  Christopher is excited for Monstress volume 3 and Patrick continues to play lots of Overwatch.  Andrew and Chris are almost overwhelmed with the sheer number of things to do in Destiny 2: Forsaken.  No trivia question this week, Technical Difficulties wins a minor victory.

B.C.

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Ninety Six: We Are The Triduum!


Recorded 9/12/2018

We get political.  And, not surprisingly, it gets heated. We discuss casting news for The Witcher Netflix series and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune.  We are pleased with both.  The Brothers all watch Jack Ryan and overwhelming feel “meh” about it.  We all have watched Iron Fist Season 2 to varying degrees of completion.  Marvel’s weakest television entry has improved but not by much.  Patrick completes the long running comic series Invincible and it finishes with a satisfying ending.  Chris and Andrew have embraced new book series.  Patrick returns to Overwatch.  Chris and Andrew sell Destiny 2’s latest expansion Forsaken to a reluctant audience of one.

Trivia is The Witcher themed and Chris is successful.

B.C.

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Ninety Five: Break’s over, What’s Next?

Episode Ninety-Five: Break’s over, What’s Next?

Recorded 8/19/2018

Life intervened and kept us from recording a new episode for almost six weeks.  We moved, we sold houses, we went on vacation and we worked for one of the largest media companies in the world.  You will have to listen to the entire episode to learn which of us actually did these things.  The Brothers discuss Marvel’s latest triumph, Ant-Man and The Wasp.  The possibility that Mission Impossible: Fallout might be the very best of the franchise. Andrew sells Patrick on Sharp Objects.  Patrick sells No Man’s Sky to both Chris and Andrew.  Patrick and Chris avoid the addiction machine of World of Warcraft: the Battle for Azeroth.  Summer is over the kids are back in school and new episodes are on the way!

Trivia is Marvel Cinematic Universe themed and the doldrums are upon us.

B.C.

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Ninety Four: Segways, Both Deadly and Dramatic

Recorded 7/5/2018

It has been a month since our last recording.  We promise we weren’t avoiding you all.  Patrick was working for Netflix, Chris has been getting his Phoenix house ready for the big move to Tucson and Andrew, well Andrew, has tons of free time but a podcast of just him would be unbearable.  We catch up after our long break.  We have a truly random argument about who invented the personal transport device. We talk Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, season finales of The Expanse and Westworld, Chris re-visits a science fiction classic.  Andrew doesn’t “rage quit” a particularly difficult Destiny 2 experience and Patrick is actually playing catch up to the rest of us.

Trivia is Marvel Cinematic Universe themed.  It is impossible.

Be Curious!

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Ninety Three: Weather Reports

Episode Ninety-Three:  Weather Reports

Recorded 6/3/2018

This episode brings the heat.  After a long, detailed discussion about the weather we dive deep the hottest topics since our last episode.   We talk Deadpool 2 and fresh air.  We discuss Solo A Star Wars Story and the idiotic (in our opinion) narrative about it being a “failure”.  The Brothers actually get heated at each other but with good reason.  We talk hot games, Destiny 2 and Monster Hunter World.  We give praise to Jeff Bezos for saving one of our favorite television shows, The Expanse.  Chris and Patrick discuss, briefly, the mad genius of Legion. A full season recap is in the forecast.

Trivia is Deadpool 2 themed.  Thank you to friend of the Podcast, Betsy, for the idea.

H.A.S.F.

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