The Movie: 7.6/10
Thwarting the bad guys, it’s a simple idea. I like it. If it’s a kid hanging some cans of paint to hit Joe Pesci in the head, or a human infused with unimaginable power who diverts an invading force, saves a lost alien culture, and ultimately helps to save the world (and maybe the universe eventually), I’m down for that too!
Stand up to the bad guys. Dig deep for your courage and strength to do what’s right in our lives. Be brave. Be bold. Help. Save. These are all on the agenda of super hero stories for almost nearly a century, and that seems to still be working just fine. At some point in the super hero history we started looking for our heroes to be tormented in some way. We have several who have parents who have been murdered, or their planet was destroyed, etc. We have others who have personal choices they are tortured about, the anti-hero syndrome is their burden to bear. Others are a little confused, they don’t know exactly who they are, what they can do, why they can do it, and this is where Captain Marvel joins the club.
Our hero this time around (#BrieLarson) is human but she got that shot of literal power/energy injected into every fiber of her DNA through an explosion. You do know that’s one of the standard ways to become a super hero, right? You can be born that way through alien origin, or mutation. OR you can be involved in a terrible scientific accident, like gamma rays slamming into you in a lab or out in space. OR you can be rich and just buy all your gadgets:) Captain Marvel is in the “accidental hero” category. This means we get to go along with her as she learns about her power, her possibilities, which is always fun. Gotta love an origin story.
I’m into it. I like this story. I like Carol Danvers and the type of person she is. She’s funny, and hardcore tough, but not goofy so she is written in a way and played in an even better way to keep the balance. We meet her in the 90’s so we get a lot of references from that time, but it doesn’t really impact what kind of person she is, which I appreciate. She’s not some “Friends” wannabe or full grunge or any other tropes you can think of from that time period. She’s almost generic, which might sound like a terrible thing to say, but really it’s a compliment. She is who SHE is, not a caricature of what we might want her to be. She doesn’t flow with unnecessary emotions, not overly sexualized, not broken to the point of being a martyr, she’s just her. I like it.
The special effects are pretty darn good. I have a thing about bodies that fly around looking like rag dolls, and yes, there was some of that but the rest is fun to watch. I like it when Captain Marvel really fires up and takes out a bunch of stuff, she looks pretty cool. As for the other aliens and ships, all look pretty convincing, not that I’ve seen aliens and their ships before, but they don’t look too cartoony, like some movies end up doing.
Overall I really enjoyed Captain Marvel. It’s fun, it’s funny, and it’s got those moments of a super hero finding their inner and outer strength to save others from the big bad foes of the universe. I like it:)
- Intro (2 Minutes) – A quick behind the scenes look at the movies tone, make sure you have seen the film first before watching with this attached.
- Becoming A Super Hero (7 Minutes) – Larson discusses the challenges of becoming Marvel and the rest of the cast and crew discuss her role.
- Big Hero Moment (4 Minutes) – A look at the major moments in the film, including the engine mishap.
- The Origin Of Nick Fury (4 Minutes) – A look at Nick Fury, I was hoping this would discuss the de-aging process he went through but its not mentioned at all.
- The Dream Team (3 Minutes) – A look at the two directors involved in the production.
- The Skrulls And The Kree (3 Minutes) – The two sets of enemies in the film are discussed.
- Hiss-Sterical Cat-Titude (3 Minutes) – A weird retro look at the films feline hero Goose.
- Deleted Scenes (9 Minutes) – Black Box, Rookie Mistake and the infamous What, No Smile are included.
- Gag Reel (2 Minutes) – Fun times on the set.
- Audio Commentary – Writers and Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck take us through the film in detail in this feature length commentary.
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & Movies Anywhere Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 10/10
Disney’s 4K and 1080P transfer for Captain Marvel is up there with the best of 2019. Throughout the whole movie the color pallete and shadow detail are a pleasure to behold. HDR on the 4K version is used sparingly but is a small step up from the Blu-ray version. This is a solid presentation easily as good as Marvels best effort Infinity War. Highly recommended.
The Atmos soundtrack is similarly amazing but relegated to the 4K disc, Blu-ray owners get the 7.1 lossless equivalent. Dialog is crystal clear and centered and LFE is off the charts in some of the battle sequences. Just a note before I end here, this track is mixed quite low turn up your volume a few notches above your normal listening position for best results.
Overall Score 7.7/10