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Reviews and Editing by R. Allen Leider
with Andrew Johnson, Monis Rose and J. Brad Staal

March 8th, 2019
 

x"Captain Marvel"

Reviewed by J. Brad Staal

It's fitting that the MCU's first female led super hero movie was released on International Women's Day. Captain Marvel has a central theme that becomes more clear as the film progresses, nothing is as it appears.

From the shapeshifting Skrulls to the cat, take nothing for granted. Our hero played by Brie Larson is first introduced as Vers (pronounced Veers) but later revealed to be Carol Danvers but you already knew her real name if you had even the basic knowledge of the comic character. They chose to start the story a little ways in and fill us in on her history as we go along. It's a fitting method since even Carol doesn't remember her own history in the beginning.

Even the previews for the film fit the overall theme. They paint the picture as all action and grit. For example my wife went in to the movie with apprehension thinking it was a dark DC style movie. She was pleasantly surprised to find the movie more in line with the normal Marvel mix of action and humor.

This movie takes place in 1995 before all but the first Captain America. So we get to see some history of side characters such as Nick Fury getting his iconic eye patch and even rookie Agent Coulson. I will never understand when people walk out of a Marvel movie right when the credits start. There's a mid credit scene that is crucial to the next Avengers movie and a cute silly one at the very end of them.Overall I would say this is an excellent addition to the MCU, especially because Captain Marvel is supposed to play a big part in the upcoming Avengers movie.

Synopsis

Carol Danvers us really an alien agent Vers whose memories have been lost. She joins forces with Nick Fury and Phil Coulso of S.H.I.E.L.D. and becomes Captain Marvel an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.


The Players: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn Jude Lww Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Directed by Anna Boden
Screenplay by Ryan Fleck
Released by Disney


 
 

x"Mary Poppins Returns"

Dick Van Dyke is the only actor from the original to return, portraying the son of one of his original characters.

Set in 1930s London, two decades after the events of the original film, it sees Mary Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning after a family tragedy. Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier.

Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins -- the beloved nanny from their childhood -- arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure.


The Players: Emily Blunt Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw Dick Van Dyke, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep Colin Firth, Daviud Warner and Angela Landsbury

Directed by Rob Marshall
Screenplay by David McGee
Released by Disney


 
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