Captain Marvel (2019)

‘Captain Marvel’ Is A ’90s Remix Of Superhero Origin Movie

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Skimmed a few reviews: some says it’s good, some says mediocre. Checked its Rotten Tomatoes score (“relatively high”) before I went in and kept in mind that Marvel movies tends to get overpraised (i.e., Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Civil War) most of the time. How did it go? It’s middling. Just another Marvel movie: bland-looking, snarky and banter-heavy, therefore entertaining, a little short on character drama, and lots of incoherent and poorly done action scenes.

Carol “Vers” Danvers is a Kree, a race of “noble warrior heroes” who are at war with the shape-shifting Skrulls. She’s a member of the Starforce and during one of their missions, she’s captured by the Skrulls, who “messes with her head, her memories,” it seems. She eventually escapes her captors and crash-lands into planet C-53 Continue reading “Captain Marvel (2019)”

Free Fire (2016)

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There are brief moments within its 90-minute running time, where Free Fire succumbs to tedium, which slowly takes you out of the movie while you wait for something to happen. Then it goes back to business, then slows down again. For the most part, the movie alternates between bang and silence, hit and miss, limp and roll, dash and crawl, funny dialogue and stupor. I myself almost passed out one time from all my imaginary non-fatal wounds.

It could have been a one-hour movie. But with its 30 minute set-up and character sketches, and the meticulously planned and staged shoot outs that followed—unfortunately between guys and one girl who kept missing from mid-range—director Ben Wheatley is able to underline what’s wrong with most action films nowadays. Continue reading “Free Fire (2016)”