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Captain Marvel (2019)
Watched it fresh had avoided all pre-release comments and reviews~ non-plused with movie
First stand out of the film is the cat, no spoilers but the cats the high light of the movie.
The film left me completely 'well I watched it'... The effects ,sets, costumes and every other technical and setting type thing was up-to the best marvel has to offer
in any of their films.
The story though was simplistic, for me the twist was something I didn't know having not read the comics so while unexpected and welcome it wasn't enough in itself to be a wow moment...
The character of Captain Marvel is flat...the film takes up about 3/4 of the movie on resolving her back story but to what end. Its honestly not worth the ride to find out that's why shes stoic because shes always been stoic?
How she got her power is haphazardly explained in the story and confusing as to what was given to her and what was an accident and why that accident gave her powers to begin with?
Her relationships in the film are explained in a disjointed disorienting fashion all except the one with her air-force buddy that takes most of the time on yet your left with 'so what' feeling like well OK they were close and shared the same goals and tribulations facing sexism in the air force together but that all could have been covered in five minutes not the length of time it took for zero payoff in understanding the characters...
You could forgive the simple story line if the characters were developed in an interesting way... but they aren't
The acting in the film is hard to judge because of this... I feel it would be unfair to judge Brie on this or any of the other actors as it feels to me it was down to scripting and direction rather than portrayal by the actors themselves
In short a film you will watch because its part of the series and fills in the back story of a character you'll meet in endgame...But if not for that reason, a film you could easily forgo watching and not miss anything
About THE dark twist...
Im a 47 year old man and I found Bhoots re-appearance at the hunter lodge deeply upsetting, I'm not sure what a child would make of this... As an adult film which I wasnt sure it was as I watched it and enjoying it for what it was, that scene jolted me into another movie entirely...
The characters were grittier especially baloo and the opening scene where the Tiger attacks left the actual kills off scene so I was lulled into a false sense of what the movie was...
Bhoots reappearance is a major shock... I think now that its made all the more shocking because in the movie the jungle is set as a place of natural law where you have to kill too survive but theres no enjoyment in the act of killing for the sake of it (with the notable exception of shere khan)
So to be confronted by the killing of Bhoot a harmless animal for nothing more than a keepsake is completely alien to the whole fims ethos and how your confonted by his smiling head is so damn shocking ,even if you were a hunter you'd find the experience unerving... The Hunter isnt portrayed as an evil man and nor is he but what he suffers from as mankind suffers from is an inate right to treat all of nature as his too do with what he wants... to take trophys for the sake of it which when viewed from the natural law of the jungle is heinous
and the sudden appearance of bhoot after mogwlis argument with him brings that home with jarring realism...