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I went to the midnight opening last night, and because I am old now and need my full eight hours I haven't been to a midnight showing of anything since, gosh, Wonder Woman.


I expected to feel more hyped for the first female fronted MCU film. I certainly felt that way about Wonder Woman three years ago. But that was three years ago. And Marvel took so long to get here, and was so squirrely in avoiding it for so long, that my reaction was more: let's ignore the fact that it took you so long to get here and try to embrace the fact that you turned up at all.

That said, I loved the film. I really liked Brie Larson's Carol; I totally bought into her physicality in the role, and while I've seen people saying the humour didn't land for them, her dryness and drollness made the movie laugh out loud funny in places for me. I really liked Nick Fury for the first time, and the de-aging tech was so much more convincing than I ever would have expected. And while obviously Monica has two mommies my otp of the movie is Fury and his pampered pet cat that no one at SHIELD ever, ever talks about.

I read somewhere that your taste in music gets set when you are about fourteen; I was born in '83, so I'm exactly the right age for the music in Captain Marvel to do for me what the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mixes did for other people. I'm actually listening to the soundtrack right now, which, as I've listened to nothing but the Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack since January, is causing the spotify algorithm spasms of confused anguish. The mid 90s were also when I had my baby lesbian awakening so obviously Brie Larson in flannel and that NIN t-shirt did, um, things to me. I had that t-shirt. I miss that look.

I was talking to a friend today about whether or not he should see the movie, and I said he absolutely should, but also that I didn't know how much stock he should put in my bubbling enthusiasm as if this movie had been made for an audience of one, then I would be that one.

As much as I loved the music, the fight set to Just A Girl was a bit... on the nose. Immigrant Song from Ragnarok it was not. If it had been me, I would have set that fight to Come As You Are. Actually, the editing in a bunch of places was a bit odd; there was a montage of Carol getting knocked down but ultimately always getting back up, that had been in one of the trailers and edited much more effectively there.

In the last third of the movie I found myself a little unsure as to what Carol's power set actually was (aside from all of them) and found myself a bit worried they are going with Scarlet Witch's ill-defined industrial light and magic powers that are whatever and however strong/weak the plot needs them to be. Like, did she know she could do all that, or was it as much of a surprise to Carol as it was meant to be to the audience?

I've been thinking that Captain Marvel doesn't have the super obvious girl power moment like Diana crossing no-man's land in Wonder Woman, and that my absolute favourite feminist moment is maybe one that might go over some dude's heads. And it's when Yon-Rogg tells Carol that to truly prove herself she'll have to fight him hand to hand without using her powers, and Carol just freakin' photon blasts him in the chest, because no random internet man Jude Law, I don't have to play by the stupid arbitrary rules that you've just made up.

Unfortunately both the mid credits scene and the teaser they showed before the movie just reinforced just how little I care about Endgame. My indifference to Tony Stark, and what has between Civil War and Infinity War evolved into actual antipathy to Steve Rogers are what has always kept me to the more far flung corners of the MCU. Coincidentally my favourite Marvel dude is Scott Lang. My favourite marvel hero is Carol Danvers.

Date: 2019-03-09 05:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] grimorie
I really enjoyed the movie too! And I couldn't believe I was the only one laughing at the 90s gags!

I also thought some of the editing was wonky and the final CGI battle was... less effective for me than the other moments.

did she know she could do all that, or was it as much of a surprise to Carol as it was meant to be to the audience?

I wish we had more of the moments where Carol was registering surprise about her powers much like Diana did in Wonder Woman, I feel like part of it is the CGI helmet obscuring Brie Larson's face.

My indifference to Tony Stark, and what has between Civil War and Infinity War evolved into actual antipathy to Steve Rogers

This. I loved Steve but then Civil War happened and it was just downhill from there, I wasn't going to watch Endgame in the movie house but now because of Carol Danvers, I am going to have to watch.

Date: 2019-03-09 10:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lyr
my absolute favourite feminist moment is maybe one that might go over some dude's heads

Yes! That was my favorite moment, too. I'm always so annoyed by those moments in action movies when the hero gives up his advantage/weapon/powers because it's somehow more manly and heroic to prove he can beat the villain with just his fists. It's stupid. So I loved Carol just blasting him and pointing out that she's got nothing to prove to him. She doesn't have to impress him, and she doesn't have to worry about how cool she looks beating him, because she's cool enough that it really doesn't matter.

Date: 2019-03-10 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kith_koby
This is great news, and I can't wait even more to get to see it. If you enjoyed it so much, then I know I will. What else has been going on? What have you been playing recently? And how's work and Freya?

Date: 2019-03-11 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kith_koby
Ah, very sorry to hear that. Hope you feel better soon, and that work will be more tolerant.

Date: 2019-03-11 08:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ambyr
From the number of people I'm encountering who like Ant Man and dislike the parts of MCU I dislike, I'm getting the impression I ought to watch Ant Man.

(The MCU movies of my heart are Guardians of the Galaxy, because god damn it what I want in my superhero movies is a team that works together, not a team that spends all its time fighting for stupid reasons, DO YOU HEAR ME CIVIL WAR?)

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