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"Captain Marvel"

I had worried that I'd find this bland - blonde white hero after the strength of Black Panther - so I was happy to truly like the movie. I'm not familiar with Brie Larson's work, but I found her an excellent Captain Marvel, and certainly not "wooden," which I believe was one of the shots aimed at her. I thought the plot did a fine job of weaving the various Captain Marvel histories together, and I loved the twist at the end, which I should have seen coming, as likable as the putative villain and his buddies were. (Also, every time I saw Jude Law in this film, I had to fight the suspicion that he deserved nothing so much as a punch in the nose.) There were a few threads dangling here and there, which is almost to be expected at this, the end of this generation of MCU stories. They've all gotten so dense, multifaceted, and connected to each other that the general quality of the story telling and pacing is a bit of a minor cinematic miracle. Samuel Jackson was a joy to watch, as always, and I think that the MCU finally has a heavy hitter that can take on Thanos.


Tonight BB and I and a friend took in the special showing of the final Tom Baker Fourth Doctor adventure in the theater. It was digitally remastered, so that the bad quality I've seen when television gets transferred to the big screen wasn't a problem. Before and after the actual story (which flowed pretty well as a movie) we got to enjoy bits of banter between Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton, and separate conversations between Baker, John Leeson, and others. At the end of the story, they showed a brief little featurette in which Fielding and Sutton visited the Lovell Telescope in Cheshire, England, which was the model for the Pharos Project radio telescope in Logopolis. I was struck by a few things. 1) I'd forgotten that Baker could be a very good actor. This reminded me of that. 2) After watching Ainley's performance I wonder why anyone complained about Simm or Gomez being too hammy. I seem to remember that he came off better in some of his later appearances; perhaps it was the direction? 3) I adored the horrible production values - you can see the paint spatters around the lower half of the TARDIS console, and the paint doesn't hide the fact that the console is knocked together out of some unseemly blend of two-by-fours and balsa wood. I love the classics .... 4) I had expected the theater to be quite full; we're in a big urban area, full of fans of the show ... but there might have been 30 people in the theater. BB noticed that they were older, like us, so perhaps even a famous story about the end of the most famous Old Who Doctor couldn't coax younger fans out. It disappointed me. 


He has now been fostered out, and Opie is gradually returning to whatever is his version of stability. I miss Vincent; I wish it had worked. But I comfort myself with the knowledge that the group that took him (Precious Pets Almost Home, for those in the Chicago area who are curious) will find a good home for him, and that I will no longer have to pull a large, furry, rugby ball out of the lower reaches of my refrigerator every time I open its door.  This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/726022.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here, but prefer to read over on DW. You can comment there using open ID if you don't have a DW account.



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Mar. 14th, 2019 07:31 am (UTC)
Seeing DW in a theater is a real treat! I'm glad you got to watch that - how utterly cool!

I'm glad you found a place that can give him a home, bless him. I am sorry and I know you miss him, but hopefully Opie is feeling a bit better now.

Mar. 18th, 2019 03:58 pm (UTC)
Opie's feeling much better. He's pretty much stopped looking all around himself before moving into any new space, now that he's fairly sure the gargantuan interloper has disappeared. This also means that Bob is getting a somewhat better sleep, since Opie is no longer bugging him - with a claw in the cheek, no less - to "wake up and spend time with me to make me feel better."

I hope that someone discovers how lovely Vincent is, and decides to adopt him soon. He needs some stability in his life, too.
Mar. 18th, 2019 02:08 pm (UTC)
I wasn't that crazy about Logopolis (indeed, much of the JNT-era DW), but I completely agree with you about Ainley (I much preferred Roger Delgado's Master)--OMG, he was SO over the top!

I loved Captain Marvel and completely agree with your assessment. Brie Larson was terrific; if she seemed "wooden" in the trailers, it's because most of them were from when she was a Kree warrior, and they're all kind of grim and humorless. When you see the character later, getting in touch with her origins, she displays a lot more warmth and humanity. And I loved seeing Jude Law, even if he did turn out to be a scumbag, and I was happy to see his character survive the film. When she photon-blasted him mid-rant into a rock pile, people in the theater actually cheered. The screening I saw was packed, and people left looking very happy.

Marvel has really hit a sweet spot with these movies. The seem to recognize it's important to create characters the audience can actively like and root for, and they know to balance the action with more emotional character scenes. Plus, as a friend of mine once said, "Humor, humor, HUMOR." The writers know how to be funny without resorting to slapstick (one exception being Guardians 2, which I think is one of their weaker outings).

Anyway, so glad you enjoyed!
Mar. 18th, 2019 04:21 pm (UTC)
Delgado was wonderful, wasn't he? As someone over on Dreamwidth said, you got the feeling that Delgado's Master actually liked the Doctor, which was probably a function of Delgado and Pertwee actually being really close friends.

When it comes to the procession of Masters, I've always felt that what you saw as the Masters regenerated was a peeling away of various levels of civility and sanity, until the crazed and vicious darkness of this particular Time Lord was laid bare, particularly in Simm. In the Gomez Master, it seems as if Missy is trying to find a way out of the murderous reality she and previous incarnations carved for themself (grammar is a bitch when you're talking about Gallifreyans), only to have her efforts negated by her immediate predecessor.

Regarding Captain Marvel:

When she photon-blasted him mid-rant into a rock pile, people in the theater actually cheered.

The same thing happened in the theater where we watched. I was part of the cheering squad. Heh.

Edited at 2019-03-19 04:08 pm (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2019 03:09 pm (UTC)
I very much enjoyed Captain Marvel. Brie Larson was excellent, SLJ was even more awesome than usual as Fury, and it was delightful to see Clark Gregg as Coulson on the big screen again, even just for a few scenes. The Skrulls were very compelling. Also: kitty!

Glad you had fun at "Logopolis"! Aww, terrible production values. I heart classic Who.

Will you get to hear an update when someone decides to adopt Vincent?
Mar. 19th, 2019 04:11 pm (UTC)
I loved seeing Coulson again - I'm at least two and probably three seasons behind on AoS, which I'm sad to admit. So much destination TV, so little time. And yes, SLJ was wonderful - especially his cooing at Goose. Heh.

Yes, we will get an update on Vincent when he's finally adopted. They called today to double check a couple of items on his vet chart, so they definitely know we're here and interested in his ultimate fate.
Mar. 20th, 2019 04:31 am (UTC)
Well, the rest of SHIELD will be there for you when you get to it. :)

Good! Very glad to hear it. And also glad that Opie is gradually calming down.
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