Marina : Totally agree on the lumpy exhibition, which certainly lost me at times. It also takes away from the movie's many amazing actors who deserved several moments to shine. For example, it was exciting to see the star Gemma Chan in "Crazy Rich Asians" in a great superhero movie like this – but she hardly gets anything to do.
I'm glad you recorded "Black Panther" because, for me, it's another example of a movie that works for both Marvel fans and regular movie guests. And, of course, both are major landmarks for representation, so hopefully Hollywood will finally be surprised when movies led by women and / or people in color give lots of money, like both "Black Panther" and "Captain Marvel" have. 1
All four of these were directed by filmmakers who came from the Indian movie world, giving me much hope that more superhero installments will take a chance on indie directors who bring a variety of styles and make superhero movies a little less like film quality in a big-box store. 19659002] Bill : Over the years, Marvel had put a few different queer characters on the screen – Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie in "Thor Ragnarok", for example – but it has largely been in subtitle. Marvel Exec Victoria Alonso recently told Variety that "the world is ready" for a blatant gay superhero, and when I spoke to another Marvel Exec, Nate Moore, he said in 2018 that it was something that would happen "sooner rather than later ". So it seems that "before" may be the upcoming "Eternals" movie.
You mentioned how you wanted Gemma Chan had more to do in "Captain Marvel." I also think any Marvel movie might benefit from some extra Goose scenes. Give us more alien cats! What did you think of the performance in general? Which ones stood out for you the most?
Marina : Always yes to more cats! As we discussed earlier, there is an awful lot of exhibit that takes away from the performances. I am a great Brie Larson fan, and she gives a solid, commanding performance. But, unfortunately, this involves much to explain what is going on, who is who and what is it.
As I pointed out in the beginning, I loved every time Annette Bening was on the screen. In typical Bening mode, she can steal a scene with only a blunt eyebrow raising or wry line reading, like: "How is my hair?" The film also left me excited to see more of Lashana Lynch, who – as Carol Danver's best friend Maria Rambeau – really raises what could have been an archetypal, cookie-cutter character. And Samuel L. Jackson is reliably Samuel L. Jackson, badass and immensely fun. I think the possibilities sum up the movie as a whole: certainly not perfect, but a reliable crowd pleaser who has something for everyone.
Bill : I think the crowd pleaser is a good way to say it. Before the movie was released, it was already under attack by trolls who wanted to boycott it because Brie Larson said she didn't just want reviews from white dudes. Of course, with people showing up to see "Captain Marvel", the troll's plan has not worked well.
To be honest, an ancient Samuel L. Jackson is worth the price. But please take note of several foreign cats. I'm not sure why it's taken so long after Marvel adds them. But time is soft.
Marina : Yes, it is clear that the movie opening weekend – the biggest global boxing bid for any female movie ever – shows that the trolls were not matched by the big crowd who demanded this movie and appreciated its importance for female representation . I wonder if some people went to see it for the same reason, or at least partially to help overcome the trolls. As you have written, Bill, Rotten Tomatoes finally took some steps to limit comments and reviews before publishing a movie. So hopefully the days of the sexist trolls are trying to take down movies before their release, from "The Last Jedi" to "Ghostbusters", on their way out. The cynical in me probably doesn't think, but the massive enthusiasm for "Captain Marvel" makes me cautiously optimistic that while trolling continues, it doesn't matter in the long run.