The latest installment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel, is airing in cinemas, but critics had the opportunity to watch it first.
The movie is an origin story that would, later on, connect how Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson, would fit in the thrilling end to The Avengers franchise. It was teased that she would save the heroes in the Avengers: Endgame.
At the time of writing, the film’s score has 84 percent with 136 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Captain Marvel airs into theaters on March 8, International Women’s Day, and is expected to bring in between $115 million and $125 million in its opening weekend. Here are the reviews consolidated by most critics:
“In ‘Captain Marvel,’ Brie Larson radiates an ability that too many comic-book heroes never get the chance to show: the superpower of expression. She plays a Kree warrior, known as Vers (pronounced verse), who has been trained in the familiar comic-book-movie art of kicking cosmic butt (she specializes in leaping and flying martial-arts moves and the ability to deliver high-energy photon blasts). Yet what you can’t help but notice, apart from the slithery bravura of her combat skills, is the feeling she brings to the fight.”‘Captain Marvel’ Composer on Being the First Woman to Score Major Marvel Movie‘Wonder Park’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending
“Larson does get a few opportunities in ‘Captain Marvel’ to be that regular, flawed-but-strong human — there just aren’t enough of them, and they’re hardly the focus of the movie. Of course, in the broader context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is all just a setup for Captain Marvel’s role in the upcoming ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ But by the time I got to the end of ‘Captain Marvel’ — after watching Larson bash her way through phalanxes of wrinkled green aliens with her glowing fists, offer bathroom-mirror Post It-note words of encouragement to a little girl who beams at her adoringly, and hover in the air like Stan Lee’s version of the Blessed Virgin shimmering in the grotto before the future Saint Bernadette — I wasn’t thinking, Wow! Instead, I heard the voice of my own inner superhero, Peggy Lee, whispering in my ear: Is that all there is? The most heinous supervillain of all is Boredom.”
“Filmmakers like Boden and Fleck, Ryan Coogler and Taika Waititi can put their own spin on a given story or hero, but at some point bolts or waves of orange or blue light will come shooting out of someone’s hands and someone else will be thrown backward and bounce off a wall. The protagonist’s costume will become a character in its own right. That protagonist — a tough and charming woman, in this case, determined to fight gender clichés at least to a draw — will be ready for a career of franchise clock-punching, along with the rest of us. You will stay through the very last credits in the hope of collecting every last Easter egg, and you’ll shuffle out of the theater feeling both satisfied and empty.”
“In recent years, the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe has seemed to keep finding exciting new territory to explore. As the long-running, multiheaded collection of superhero franchises rolled on, it exhibited inventive comedy in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp,’ staggering scale in ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ and a genuine cultural-paradigm shift with ‘Black Panther.’ With ‘Captain Marvel,’ sadly, that streak is over. The 21st entry in Marvel’s galactic film empire, and the first focused on a female superhero (played by Brie Larson), is a perfectly fun time at the movies that deftly lays out the stakes of its new character for many future appearances. But more often than not, it feels a little routine.”Sorry, the video player failed to load.(Error Code: 101102)
“This isn’t the greatest Marvel movie ever made, but it’s definitely one of the funniest — and one of the sweetest. Larson and Jackson have terrific buddy-movie chemistry, whether they’re giving each other grief or covering each other’s behinds. Amidst all the scenes with intergalactic warships and fireball-flinging, co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck wisely find plenty of room to take the foot off the accelerator and cede center stage to Larson, Jackson and the rest of the greatly talented cast. It’s a real treat to see Carol Danvers find her footing and her wings, so to speak, while at the same time Nick Fury is taking the first steps toward becoming NICK FURY.”
“A riot-grrrl power pulses through every frame, not to mention humor, heart and the thrill that comes from watching a genuine game-changer. ‘Wonder Woman,’ the 2017 epic from DC Comics, may have thrown the first punch for comic-book-movie equality among the sexes. But ‘Captain Marvel’ should have its detractors on the ropes. Set in the mid-1990’s and feeling like it was made in a time before Iron Man and the other Avengers ever suited up for the big screen, this superhero film proudly waves a retro flag. But everything in its DNA, from representation (in front of and behind the screen) to its notions of empowerment, radiates our moment right now.”
“This is an engaging and sometimes engagingly odd superhero action movie from directors and co-writers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, a weirdly nonlinear mashup of past and present, memories and present experience, Earth and non-Earth action. It’s an unconventional origin-myth story, which makes it initially uncertain what the nature of those origins is, and maybe even whose origins exactly we’re talking about. There’s an eccentric splurge of tonal registers from boomingly serious to quirkily droll. The film hinges on a fierce performance from Brie Larson, though I think it could have showcased her in a stronger, clearer starring role and assigned her more of the script’s funny lines.”
“The MCU’s newest hero, Captain Marvel, has entered the fray literally swinging, with a cosmic-flavored origin story that feels like a much-needed fresh approach to the classic Marvel Phase One formula. With a soundtrack packed full of vintage ‘90s earworms and a delightfully unselfconscious sense of humor, Captain Marvel pulls off a satisfying introduction to the hero who may be our ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trump card.”
“Ultimately, ‘Captain Marvel’ gets its many jobs done, and it looks pretty good doing it. As a first-shot representation movie, it isn’t as game-changing as ‘Black Panther,’ and it isn’t as adventurous as ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’ But it does deliver the girl-power narrative the MCU needed on a level to rival ‘Wonder Woman,’ and not just by making Captain Marvel a powerful hero. It also makes her an admirable person, one with good friends and goals worth fighting for. And it firmly establishes Carol Danvers as one of Marvel’s mightiest superheroes, which is exactly what the Avengers will need in ‘Endgame.’”
LOOK: The King’s Man, A Kingsman Prequel
The first trailer into the 2020 Kingsman prequel, The King’s Man just dropped, and if you’re the type who does not like the typical rom-com movie on Valentine’s Day, you’re in luck since the action-packed spy saga is releasing its latest installment on February 14th next year.
The first thing that needs to be addressed, the main star of the Kingsman franchise, Gary “Eggsy” Unwin played by Taron Egerton, will not be making an appearance in the February 2020 installment since The King’s Man will be exploring into the reason behind the creation of the independent Kingsman organization years before Eggsy was born.
Although the one minute and 48-second trailer bare any information on how and what the movie is all about, the film’s synopsis says: “As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man.”
For starters, The King’s Man will be set in the early 1900s and will follow the events that lead up to how the Kingsman organization ought to be. It will dive into the fantasy of World War I and the events after that period.
Furthermore, The King’s Man will be a history book reimagined since it will star memorable personalities such as the exotic dancer, Mata Hari who charmed her way to receiving privileges in a war-stricken era but eventually died as a convicted spy.
There are also other infamous characters such as Thomas Edward Lawrence or T.E. Lawrence and Herbert Kitchener, who will be played by Liam Neeson which gives this action-packed movie more intensity from the Taken star.
There’s also the casting of Aaron Taylor-Johnson as “Lee Unwin,” suggesting that we may see some of Eggsy’s bloodline in this prequel and how the Unwins get deeply involved in the Kingsman organization.
Taking on the “Eggsy” role or the lead in The King’s Man is Harris Dickinson as Conrad. There’s no clear direction on how his character fits in the whole story, but if he’s playing the “Eggsy” here, he’s coming in when the organization just got started and will be trained to fight alongside the organization.
Other castings in The King’s Man include Ralph Fiennes playing T.E. Lawrence, Daniel Bruhl playing Gelix Yusupov, Gemma Arterton playing Mata Hari, and Rhys Ifans playing the infamous Grigori Rasputin, Matthew Goode as Tristan, and Stanley Tucci as Merlin.
The King’s Man is once again directed and co-written by Matthew Vaughn, but Vaughn will seemingly take a more serious route in this prequel. Probably an homage to history or following the footsteps of the other great espionage films he previously looked up to such as Bourne, In Like Flint, 24, and others.
Speaking to The Playlist, Vaughn teased about how he was looking forward to the prequel and how it was going to be something entirely new. “Next year you’re getting The Great Game. It’s wrapped,” he said. “I love spy movies, and this is a very very different tone and style and as a spy film, that no one’s made in a long, long time. “
In other news, with regards to the original and iconic “Eggsy” Unwin, we will see more from him. Not just next year, though.
“That doesn’t mean I won’t be in Kingsman ever again,” Egerton previously confirmed. “I was with Matthew [Vaughn] as little as a few days ago, we’re still very much in business together, but his next journey in that world doesn’t involve me. His idea for the new one is incredibly exciting. I’m sad that I won’t be on that journey with him, but it’s not the last you’ve seen of Eggsy.”
In the same interview with The Playlist, Vaughn teased that “we hope to shoot Kingsman 3 either late this year or early next year, but it won’t be out until 2021, so, who knows?”
He added: “There’s two more to come – hopefully, people like them enough that we can count on making another one.”
“MARV Films [Vaughn’s production company] loves spy films, so I’d love to always be making them, and the whole point about Kingsman is a celebration of espionage. And Kingsman will always make the spy film that no one else is touching.”
‘Bond 25’ Full of Surprises; Lashana Lynch Is Agent 007
The Bond Franchise is getting an upgrade!
Lashana Lynch, the British actress who played Captain Marvel’s Maria Rambeau, will assume the role of agent 007 in the upcoming Bond film.
A film insider talked to The Daily Mail and shared that the 25th installment of the Bond franchise introduces Lynch in a pivotal scene in the movie. The part is when M calls for Agent 007, saying, “Come in, 007.” To which, Lynch responds and walks in.
Although Lynch is playing 007, she won’t be taking on the persona of James Bond. According to IMDB, her role’s name is Nomi, while Bond is still played by Daniel Craig who’s said to be retired from the agency in this storyline. However, we can expect that Bond will be pulled in for the mission even when he’s retired.
Before Captain Marvel, Lynch worked on TV shows in the UK. Her notable roles are Arjana Pike in Bulletproof, Rosaline Capulet in Still Star-Crossed, and Gemma in Crims.
Although Lynch did not have many action setting in Captain Marvel, she has had plenty of experience in the action scenes of Bulletproof.
The new Bond film, which is set to be released in 2020, was written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Known for her brilliance in the TV hit show Fleabag, Waller-Bridge also has Killing Eve and Drifters as part of her writing portfolio.
Aside from being a writer, Waller-Bridge is also an actress. Her memorable roles include India in Bad Education, Susie in The Iron Lady, Abby Thompson in BroadChurch, and as the main protagonist of Fleabag.
Before today’s reveal, speculation on a new Bond agent was abuzz, especially with rumors of Craig getting ready to leave the franchise. The previous buzz involved Idris Elba to replace Craig in one of the most iconic roles in history. According to reports, Bond 25 will be Craig’s last movie in which he reprises his role as James Bond.
Craig and Lynch are facing off Rami Malek as the movie’s antagonist.
Fans are thrilled to see a change in diversity in the Bond movies.
With Lynch taking on the iconic Agent 007 role, the upcoming film is appealing to the #MeToo advocates.
Breaking free from the movie franchise’s machismo tone, the refreshing take of female heroes is reportedly present in Waller-Bridge’s script. The characters have the wit and humor that shows the writer’s talent.
For years, the Bond movie series has cast Caucasian men to play Agent 007. Having a female person-of-color actor play the part is both refreshing and exciting.
With Lynch’s involvement, the speculation, whether she will completely take over the role of Agent 007 from Craig, is louder than ever. In recent years, the movie series has craftily introduced the successors of each character in the movie. An example of this is when Judi Dench handed over her role as M to Ralph Fiennes in Spectre.
Aside from the possible long-term female agent, the production is calling on for the help of the media to promote positive changes. The Daily Mail insider also revealed that the term “Bond girl” is no longer permit to be used about Bond’s leading ladies. The production has asked publications to use the term “Bond women.”
The change of term is not just a simple change. It’s a complete change of the mindset. Waller-Bridge has been outspoken about changing the Bond movies’ treatment of women.
“There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not [the Bond franchise] is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women. I think that’s bollocks. I think he’s absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to this character,” Waller-Bridge said in an interview with Deadline.
Aside from breaking the stereotype of Bond women, Malek also revealed that he insisted that his character not be stereotyped as an Arabic-speaking terrorist. Malek, who is best known for his role as Freddie Mercury in the Bohemian Rhapsody, said his decision stems on pursuing ways to provide positive representation on his ethnic background.
The new Bond movie seems to have a lot of exciting changes. According to The Daily Mail’s source, “This is a Bond for the modern era who will appeal to a younger generation while sticking true to what we all expect in a Bond film.”
Take a look at Bond 25‘s teaser below:
‘Stranger Things 3’ Breaks Netflix Records
Season 3 is out! Spoilers, ahead!
Stranger Things Season 3 broke Netflix’s viewership records with over 40 million household accounts watching since its debut on July 4. Netflix adds that in just four days after the show’s release, 18.2 million of those household accounts finished the entire third season.
The sci-fi show that explores the town of Hawkins, and the ‘Upside Down’ has beaten Netflix’s viewership records held by The Umbrella Academy, You, and Sex Education. The three latter shows only achieving more than 40 million views after a month since their debut.
The third season’s success may have secured the renewal of the series for its fourth season. Ross Duffer, one half of the show’s creator, has stated in 2017 that Stranger Things may be a four-season story.
If you’re living under a rock, Stranger Things is a show about a group of kids living in a strange town called Hawkins. The kids investigate and have adventures (albeit, terrifying ones) with paranormal and supernatural incidents, including the sudden appearance of a weird girl with psychokinetic powers after their friend gets abducted by a creature from the mysterious “Upside Down.” Oh, and it’s set in the 1980s.
With a hit TV series, the show’s casts shot to stardom. Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhand, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp made up the gang of the brave kids of Hawkins. Winona Ryder and David Harbour rounded out the cast, serving as the adult support system in the show.
In season 2, Sadie Sink joined the gang. In season 3, look out for Priah Ferguson and Maya Hawke.
The show was wildly successful when it was first launched last July 2016 on Netflix. Fans enjoyed the mix of sci-fi, mystery, thriller, and 80’s nostalgia in one binge-able show.
The Duffer Brothers
The instant hit show was created by twins Matt and Ross Duffer, now widely known as the Duffer Brothers. The duo got their first break in Hollywood when they pitched a screenplay which Warner Bros Entertainment, Inc. won over other studios. Their screenplay was so good that they convinced Warner Bros. to let them direct it as well.
The movie was titled Hidden. Filming began in 2012 and was completed in 2015. Unfortunately, the studio decided to have a limited release, and only a few critics were able to see it.
Despite not having their movie’s theatrical release, the brothers landed a job as writers for Wayward Pines, an American thriller TV series based on Blake Crouch’s novels of the same name.
The couple continued to write and decided to pitch a screenplay for their own TV show. They caught the attention of Shawn Levy, known for his direction of films such as Night at the Museum and Real Steel.
The Duffer brothers, along with Levy, pitched a TV show concept that’s a mix homage to Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, and the brother’s love for the 80’s era. Netflix loved it, and so did the rest of the world.
Season 3 Recap
Here’s a look at the current season’s summary.
Season 2 ended on a happy ending with the gang enjoying their time in the school dance. Little do they know the Mind Flayer, a powerful force from the Upside Down (and season 2’s main antagonist), was still alive and watching the town of Hawkins.
In season 3, the plot thickens as to who is responsible for making portals to go to the Upside Down. Russian agents have now come to Hawkins and started working secretly at the newly constructed mall.
Dustin, Robin, Steve, and Erica starts investigating the Russian agents and learns that there’s a secret lab below the mall.
The Mind Flayer is alive and has been using the abandoned mill as its headquarters. It abducts Billy and possesses him. Billy starts abducting other townspeople so that the Mind Flayer can control them, too.
Will can sense the Mind Flayer whenever it attacks others. He teams up with Eleven, and they try to fight the Mind Flayer. They were able to identify that Billy was possessed and attacked him. The Mind Flayer overpowered Eleven and almost killed her.
Using her powers, Eleven was able to find the Mind Flayer’s lair—the abandoned mill. However, during her search for the den, the Mind Flayer was able to read her mind, too. It knows where Eleven is and is now hunting her.
Eleven, Will, Nancy, and Jonathan goes to the mall to rescue Dustin, Robin, Steve, and Erica. They prepare to fight the Mind Flayer. Hopper and Joyce investigate the Russian agents through a trail of paperwork. They also rush to the mall to help the children fight. They come up with a plan to fight the Mind Flayer and destroy the machine building the portal below the mall.
In the end, Billy sacrifices himself to save Eleven from the Mind Flayer that still possesses him. Hopper also sacrifices himself to shut down the machine, which closed the portal and killed the Mind Flayer.
In the last scene, Eleven, Will, Jonathan, and Joyce leave the town of Hawkins.
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