Finally saw it. I thought it was quite good. Certainly, it was no Winter Soldier, but I thought it was as good as most of the other origin-type films in the Marvel universe. It was better than Thor, though not as good as Black Panther.
In the realm of outragey people and (needless) comparisons to Wonder Woman, I thought it was much better than the latter and I thought it basically shrugged off the whole woman-as-lead-superhero angle. Captain Marvel's sex just wasn't made an issue, at all. I thought that was a good approach.
By any measurable standard, Captain Marvel is a 2nd-tier Marvel movie. It's fun and it moves briskly, but nobody's writing longform thought pieces on the deeper meaning of the movie (except for one part). But any movie that crashes a BILLION DAMN DOLLARS cannot be sold short. It does what it does and it does it very well.
Disney’s “Captain Marvel” is the newest member of the billion-dollar club.
The superhero tentpole starring Brie Larson officially surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide, reaffirming the long-known notion that female superheroes can hold their own at the box office. The blockbuster has generated $358 million in North America, along with $645 million overseas.
“Captain Marvel” is the seventh pic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to reach this milestone, joining the ranks of “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” “The Avengers,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “Iron Man 3.” It also marks the 18th Disney movie to gross over $1 billion. The 21 films in the MCU have collectively hauled $18.5 billion to date.
“Captain Marvel” has been lauded as Marvel’s first blockbuster that centers on a female superhero. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the star-studded cast also includes Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Annette Bening.
Here's the thing: there is a glut of super-hero flicks. In 2018 I passed on Ant-Man and the Wasp, Venom and Aquaman. Just the way I'll pass on the Shazam! and Hellboy films that will come out before Avengers: Endgame sucks up all the oxygen even as it breaks the billion-dollar bank. Maybe these movies are good. Maybe they're bad. Maybe I don't care. I can only deal with so many talented actors slumming in material that is clearly beneath them. How many CGI fights am I supposed to sit through in a calendar year (which is why while I enjoyed Black Panther, the final fight looked cheap and sloppy, I had no choice but to dock it from an low "A" to a high "B.") Still. a check is a check and if you're Michael Douglass, Michelle Williams, Tom Hardy, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, or Nicole Kidman, you've got to take the jobs that meet your salary demands.
I don't know when the wave of super-hero films will crest. Maybe the next Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Joker or Dark Phoenix will crash and burn. More than likely though, its superheroes and nothing else keeping Hollywood afloat.
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