Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Feb 19, 2012.
I will reply later (got my own take on this ). Time for the morning commute!
It was okay (lower mid-tier or upper lower-tier of the MCU). Some good, lots of meh, a little bad, and a few brief but glaring "UGH!!"s that completely detract from the moments.
About to watch it right now......shhhh!!!
New reclining, heated seats with trays that swivel in and out. I feel like I should have gotten some food now.
Deadpool 2: I think I liked Deadpool 1 better. It was okay though. I enjoy a lot of the comedy in it, but sometimes it gets overly stupid.
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom: Not sure I've seen all of them, but I usually enjoy these movies. This one was no different.
Get some Chili with unrolled beans.
Captain Marvel: 8.5/10 The story was very good, the acting and action were excellent, but much of the humor fell flat for me. Parts were a bit predictable, but I think that was partly by design. Overall, a very good movie. I was told there was too much made of her being a female, but I didn't really see too much of that.
I was surprised with Fallen Kingdom, and not in a good way. I felt that they somehow managed to make the huge world of Jurassic Park small, and that's not a good thing.
Taxing day but I am gonna get this in while I can.
[Disclaimer: These are my opinions and my opinions alone.]
I uploaded a pic of the main three sites I visit for both paid critics and general audience movie reviews before leaving for work:
I am sure the numbers have changed during the day. Personally, I take others' reviews in several ways. Sometimes I agree with paid critics and disagree with general audience opinion. Other times I disagree with paid critics and hang with general audience opinion. There are times I agree with both and times I agree with neither. This is one time my opinion kinda slides moreso towards paid critics, which surprises me.
You can see from the above pic that paid critics associated with both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic enjoyed the movie more generally. I tend to include IMDB also because I often agree with its overall rating for everyone, paid or not.
Let me also throw in my own scale I use for all movies, no exception:
7-9 Good to Very Good
<1 Someone should die for making garbage as garbage
I have several wants before sitting down for a movie:
1. I want to be entertained. I want to laugh if it is a comedy, follow seriously if it is a drama, be on the edge of my seat if it is suspense/thriller, etc. That is my own definition of entertainment for me.
2. I want to not get lost in the flow of the movie.
3. I want adequate or better direction.
4. I want good or better acting.
5. I want cinematography, visual/sound effects, etc. matching the story and not substandard.
6. For adaptations, I want the movie to capture what I think the author(s) have already created in print.
7. I want documentaries with zero commercialization content.
To me, Captain Marvel checked boxes 1 though 6. What lowered my grade was:
a science-fiction/fantasy movie that did not completely immense itself into either category
lack of scene energy in the first half of the movie, which I blame directing more than acting
not really knockout special effects throughout the movie
So! When I read an review such as Rotten Tomatoes Ewan M from March 11th, who wrote:
"Really not impressed with the latest installment of the MCU. From a dull, uninspriring main character, miss casting, plot holes larger than the super massive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Not one iota of thought has gone into this script, even someone with basic knowledge would realize they'd have an issue with this script.
This movie has made me fear the upcoming endgame film. Please don't destroy everything because of this one film..."
... his opinion does not register for me.
I could agree with CM being emotionless at times. Uninspiring? That reads like he did not follow the character experiences during the movie.
Really like to know what his casting choices would have been. Jackson, Gregg, Hounsou and Pace (Ronan) are established casting pieces in the MCU. Law and Bening were solid choices. Is he talking about Larson? Who did he want for the role. Of course, Larson sold me by the second half of the movie so I do not care.
There are always plot hole issues for some people. Not saying there were not any. Just saying there were none significant enough to smear the movie itself.
Then there is this 'fear' he has how CM will undermine Avengers IV. Nothing, in my opinion, was introduced in this movie that will unbalance Avengers Endgame. It is my judgment and it could be a totally incorrect assumption but I do not think he knows jack <expletive> about the character and what she means to the Marvel Universe.
So what am I trying to say in my longwindedness? My opinion? Captain Marvel is a good movie and a number of people got turned off by the movie for reasons that are not the movie's fault. Could be wrong. Could be completely wrong. meh. I'm me.
I also didn't find her experiences inspiring at all. I agree with that review there. In fact the lack of an emotional connection to the character I think is one of the biggest weaknesses. More with her back story and friendship may have helped. Or more about her time as a Kree. Anything to help get to know who she really was and what drives her.
Casting was okay, but wasted in many cases (especially Ronan - could have literally been any character).
Wouldn't say there were huge plot holes, but not really a strong plot either.
I caught a matinee showing of Captain Marvel today. Besides a few flashbacks the plot stayed on a steady course. The movie featured Marvel's trademark mix of action and humor. Goose stole the show and gave me the biggest laughs. I also enjoyed the friendship developed between Fury and Carol. If you enjoy Marvel movies, you'll probably enjoy it. Now I'm ready for Avengers: Endgame next month.
Watched "Only the Brave" very solid movie based on a true story. One I could definitely watch again.
I also watched Deadpool 2 I'm not a fan of the language but it's a good movie.
Dunkirk - I'm not a fan of war movies, and I wouldn't watch it again, but it was good. The fighter pilot was amazing.
Den of Thieves. 8/10
I saw it at an IMAX theater. The way it was filmed was amazing, but yeah, not worth a rewatch.
Just watched "Captain Marvel".
Good, not great.
It was entertaining and funny. Just probably not memorable.
Thought Brie Larson did a nice job as "CM'.
More notes on "Captain Marvel"...
-The cat was a scene stealer
-The best part of the movie for me was when Captain Marvel realizes her full power... That sequence was terrific
-I previously posted that Larson did a nice job as the Captain Marvel character– What I meant by that is she quite often undersold the emotions the character was experiencing. In an era of movie-making where many characters have over-sold emotions the portrayal of the character was refreshing. Sorta reminded of Clint Eastwood and the way he played many of his characters in the "Spaghetti Western" series.
I think she needed to be extra emotionless to avoid the "just a girl" reactions by some audience members.
It was a good direction to take the character.
Yep, that was Tom Hardy, great in everything he does.
Watched "The Usual Suspects" again and it was great again. Even though I know the ending and the surprise, it's still an 8.5 for me.