Native Nerd Movie Review: Captain Marvel and the 'cat' that stole the movie
I wanted to LOVE Captain Marvel. I really did. And there was a lot to enjoy, but after all, is said and done, I feel a bit underwhelmed. But I did love the Flerken.
I hate to give anything less than a stellar review of anything from the Marvel Studios Universe, but there are a few things I have to say in terms of Captain Marvel, which I saw on an early Thursday night release.
I really did enjoy Brie Larson’s portrayal as Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. But much more her portrayal of Captain Marvel.
For a bit of background, Carol Danvers is an Air Force test pilot that crashes to Earth, she eventually gets her superpowers related to the incident and then takes out her fury on opposing Kree world soldiers and alien Skrulls. The movie explains all this but I don’t want to reveal too much.
Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, in her actions along with her Kree brethren, is funny. She has lighthearted humor that I enjoy and her lack of over-seriousness adds a nice dimension to Captain Marvel.
But here is where I struggled. Her ability to come across as a former Air Force veteran is the downfall. Before the movie began, an advertisement for the Air Force came on showing actual female Air Force officers and pilots that have that look of “We might be women, but don’t ‘eff’ with us.” they have something behind the scenes of their minds so to speak, that lends to their credibility as a member of the Armed Services.
In preparing for this film, Brie Larson has said she read every Marvel comic imaginable. And I really do appreciate that so much - as a true Native Nerd, that is an honorable gesture. But in further preparation for this film, which I am sure was filled with physical training, possibly martial arts and more, I wish there had been a bit of military officer training, I suspect there wasn’t.
As a former enlisted and later Lieutenant, a lack of military etiquette sticks out like a sore thumb.
There is a scene where Carol Danvers is talking to her former pilot friend about joining a fight that needed to be fought, even though it meant going against everything she had been taught. Knowing how former military friends and I might have had such a discussion, the directorial choices came across more like a “Gee Wally, or Gosh Darn Golly Willickers” rather than a real moment in making a life decision.
But all said, I DID like the movie. A lot actually, but the former military thing just held me back.
Goose the 'cat'
The action scenes were great, and with all first-time introductory movies, you have to traverse the “origin of my superpowers” story, which took way to long to get to in this movie. I also enjoyed the overall antics of the movie as well as the interjections of humor.Samuel Jackson was funny, Jude Law was fun and a bit intense and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos stole the scene several times.
But the cat ... the cat!!! Goose is the cool little kitty that steals the movie. Every delicious scene with Goose is gold. With Captain Marvel, with Nick Fury, with everything. Goose is my new idol in the Marvel Universe. Yes, I AM going to get a t-shirt.
I do think Brie Larson is just getting started, and she will continue to do great stuff for the Marvel Universe as Captain Marvel, and I am sincerely looking forward to it.
But overall one of my favorite characters, as I am sure yours will be, is Goose the ‘cat.’
After you see the movie, you will come to love the term ‘Flerken.’
I’ll give this movie 3.5 out of five Native Nerds. But I'll give it one half more for Goose.
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