Eighth Grade (Movie Review)

This movie is my weekly Amazon Prime Video viewing. Watch it free with a Prime subscription (not sponsored).

Secondhand embarrassment is often a crutch of films that want you to feel pity for a character; seeing them go through tough times in public makes you, the viewer, relate to them at least on some level. At the very base level, the secondhand embarrassment can come from you watching the scene and being reminded of something else you’ve watched that made you feel the same way. Eighth Grade is different, it doesn’t use secondhand embarrassment as a crutch; rather, firsthand embarrassment as a tool. Our relationship with Kayla is so intimate and well-founded that I’m struggling to think of another high-school drama that does this even half as well. I call it…Nostalgic Nausea.Continue reading “Eighth Grade (Movie Review)”

Annihilation (Movie Review)

Since I’ve been starting to try to review everything I watch/read/play, I’ve noticed myself thinking of what I’ll write as the story progresses. This movie was no different for that new habit, but as the film concluded I suddenly found myself at a loss for words. How do I write about this movie, or any movie like this? I don’t mean simply a movie that is rather divisive such as Avatar, Crash, Nymphomaniac, Man of Steel or the recent Mother! but more along the lines of a film that you simply cannot fully appreciate upon first contact: Under the Skin, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arrival, The Fountain, et cetera. I’d happily put Annihilation in that list as well.Continue reading “Annihilation (Movie Review)”

You (Season One Review)

If La La Land made everybody want to go and experience Los Angeles, You will make everyone want to stay as far away from New York City as possible. As the Netflix synposis states “Boy meets Girl, Boy falls for Girl…just how far will Boy go to get Girl?” and it’s pretty much about as apt a description can get for a show such as this. With elements of romance, thriller, mystery, and (of course) drama, the story kept me intrigued as I watched the entire season in 24 hours but it was really the unique cast of characters that hooked me. It’s not a perfect show, but it’s the perfect show to binge on a rainy day.

You begins as promised: with a little “meet cute” in a lil’ Mom & Pop Book Shop between aforementioned Boy and Girl (henceforth called Joe and Beck). Joe, the day manager at said book shop, notices Beck, aspiring writer in an MFA program, and the two hit it off. It’s the cliché that you’d expect, but the interesting (yes, interesting) decision that this show makes it to use near-constant narration to dictate just about everything that happens. At first, this was a huge annoyance to me. I’m a big fan of seeing things for myself in a movie or series rather than being told exactly what to think; it usually feels like an insult to intelligence and shows weakness in storytelling but I bit and stuck with it.

Once the story picked up and the exposition was behind us, this show started to feel more like it was written by somebody trying to evoke Nobokov rather than take shortcuts in narrative or rhetoric. It became something I appreciated, something that helped tie the scenes together and flesh-out the characters; it became a selling point of the show altogether. There was an instance in the latter half of the show that I almost loved as it would have explained the entire narration element but I feel as though the showrunners chickened out and kept using the narration as it most likely did make the episodes easier to make and, well, longer. Without the narration, the 45-minute episodes would have probably clocked in closer to 30, tops. The instance I’m referring to is having Joe be speaking to a therapist, and the narration be the discussion he’s having. That would have been genius and I would have had to look back at the previous episodes to see if it all would still make sense… it wouldn’t have but I think that the show would be stronger if that was what happened.

The other aspect of the narration technique that I didn’t appreciate was how it interrupted the flow of the conversations. If you’ve ever seen Friends, you’d know that the laugh track is sort of the glue that holds scenes together and if you remove it, you’re met with uncomfortable pauses in dialogue exchanges that totally change the fabric of the interaction. The same can be said about You‘s narration– if you remove the narration (or ignore it), you’ll notice that characters have very long pauses between mundane sentences. It becomes a distraction after you get used to the narration but it was never so bad as it kept me from my suspension of disbelief. It…was just something to get used to.

The cast did help with this, though, as they were a pleasure to have on screen at all times. Mainly Penn Badgley (Joe), Elizabeth Lail (Beck), Luca Padovan (Paco), and Shay Mitchell (Peach) all shared the spotlight so magnificently with their unique personas brought on screen. Each one of these characters, no matter how much screen time they had per episode, were as mesmerizing as they were fascinating. Their individual lives, as well as the relationships they had, was absolutely the best part of this season. This, of course, wouldn’t have been possible without the cast selling themselves so well. Badgley was intriguing yet terrifying, Lail was determined yet lost, Padovan was bright yet naïve, and Mitchell was probably who I most enjoyed having on screen because she played the wild card; somebody you don’t know if you should trust, fear, or want dead the entire time. Peach always seemed one step ahead of Joe, so even though Joe was a twisted protagonist, Peach by default was an antagonistic force during this season.

And a twisted protagonist Joe was, indeed. It was difficult not to root for him, though, even though he inspired comparisons in my mind to be made between You and Lolita, which isn’t exactly a great character reference on his part. Some of this may have been the narration style but I’d rather think it was how such a perverse individual can still seem like a decent person when looked through a certain lens. Having this person be a protagonist may inherently do some of the work but I’d credit most of it to the writing. I understand this is based off a novel by Caroline Kepnes but I haven’t read it (yet); I can only assume that the inspiration for this style of storytelling in the show came from the source material so I’d have to give credit to Kepnes for what I love about the writing here.

However, there were two other parts of the writing that I wasn’t so much a fan of. One of these things was that this show has absolutely no subtlety to speak of. Very few things unfold, as the events more collapse upon one another like enormous dominos and while the events were all significant and rarely felt forced (to a certain extent), they did feel slightly blown out of proportion at times. Yes, this is a Lifetime show and a romantic thriller so flare for dramatic is expected but it bordered on melodramatic at times and that’s sort of where some episodes lost me. On the other hand, I started to feel as though this show would’ve been significantly stronger in the narrative department had it been closer to eight episodes than 10. Not that nothing happens in the final two episodes (they were probably my favorite two), but some parts of the season could have been consolidated and the flow would have been stronger altogether.

Aside from what I’ve mentioned, though, I really can’t think of any major problems that I have with the show. It’s smart, sexy, mesmerizing, and quite a bit of fun to watch. While not many scenes can be referred to as genuinely surprising, I found myself having a hard time putting it down and I can’t wait to see what happens in the second season. Again, it’s not a perfect show but if you’re unsure of what to spend your evenings watching this week, You is a perfectly safe bet. I’d say it’s a pretty solid recommendation and I thought it was pretty damn great overall. If you’ve seen this or, more importantly, read the book then let me know what you thought!

As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!

Bonne nuit

The Witness (Game Review)

There are some games you play because you want to have pure fun (Rocket League), experience a great story (God of War), explore a vast open world (Red Dead Redemption II), or make some heads explode like watermelons (Call of Duty). Then, there are games you play that you’re not really sure why you decided to finish it; did it offer great fun, story, exploration, or violence? Well, no. Then why?

The unmatched wave of accomplishment; the feeling that you decrypted the secrets of the world alone, and came out victorious.

The Witness offers you exactly that. You start the game in a long corridor and are told nothing. In front of you lies a screen with a line and a large dot on one end of the line. What do you do? Click. Then, you’re able to fill in the line. Click again. Done. Door opens. Now you know how to play. You’re thrown into a completely empty world with no idea what to do or where to go…except, you know exactly what do to and how to get there. Solve puzzles. The brilliant tutorial system is woven into the game itself so that it feels as though you’re teaching yourself when the game is actually nudging you towards the answers it wants you to figure out yourself.

There seems to be little structure to the order in which you explore and traverse but by figuring out little things, one at a time, you’re soon able to do everything. Is a puzzle impossible? Come back to it later. Then, after solving other puzzles, you’ll have a better grasp of how to get the one that was giving you a hard time. This game offers 12 (and more) areas to play around in and beat, each one offering you unique ideas of how to solve puzzles, and different puzzles to solve each time. Each place is hand-crafted to offer you a different experience through not only the types of puzzles on the screens but also through the environment you’ll find yourself in. Hedge mazes, tinted glass, bird whistles, water reflections, sunlight, and so many other things will help you find your way to each solution– if you only know what to pay attention to.

I made myself sick three times this week since I’d be so captivated by the game that I’d accidentally skip a meal and my blood-sugar would drop. I’m not sure how long it took me to beat the game but I’d guess somewhere between 10 and 12 hours, which were very long and stressful hours at times. I also attempted to do the Challenge Room but the randomized puzzles meant that luck had more to do with the completion of it than skill did, especially when I’d blaze through the puzzles and then get stumped on one but the next attempt would be the opposite. I realized that to beat it, you’d just have to play until you get a string of easy puzzles and could do the whole thing in under 6 minutes. I didn’t want another headache so I skipped it, but in doing so I sort of figured out what I alluded to in my introduction.

This game is hard to call “fun,” but it’s easy to enjoy because it’s very rewarding. The feeling of finally getting a puzzle you’ve been stuck on for 30 minutes is great but now that I’ve reached the endgame, I sort of feel as though I wanted more from the experience. Without a doubt, my favorite parts of the game weren’t even part of the “game” itself; little lectures you’d unlock by doing extra puzzles. These lectures (5 total) were from talks given about the meaning of life, and there were also smaller speeches you could find around the map hidden on little USB-like devices. I wish the game put more of an emphasis on these instead of making them more like Easter Eggs as they were the closest thing to a story that this game offered.

I suppose these talks, though, sort of are the story, or at least the topics represent what the game is trying to tell you. I’ll stray away from specifics as one could consider them a spoiler but the main point from one of them is that you can only be happy when you stop trying to be happy. You can only find what you’re looking for when you look at what you already have, and you can only be yourself when you stop trying to be at all… more or less. I might have started to make things up just then but it sounded good and I never actually listened to the entire lecture. Anyways, that’s what I think the game is about because the endgame will tell you something similar, but metaphorically so.

This is a game that will surely stump you at times but towards the end, I felt as though the game wasn’t trying to be increasingly challenging, but rather trying to be increasingly difficult. Difficulty can either be natural or forced but challenge implies reward. This game is extremely rewarding because it’s increasingly challenging but the difficulty that it forces at the end makes it more of a chore to complete. Like “do this puzzle,” then “do it upside down,” and “do it when it’s flashing, spinning, and mirrored” sort of thing. Yes, I can do the puzzle. Now, I don’t want to do the puzzle. Why are you doing this to me?

The game is wholly rewarding aside from one single room in the Mountain: with TVs on the wall that really just try to make things as difficult as possible. There is complexity which inherently results in challenge and reward, and then there’s just being a pain in the ass which nobody likes at all. Other than that, though, I’d say that this game is just about as solid as a puzzle game can get. It mixes light exploration with addicting puzzle types and a world that makes you want to continue on. It lacked an atmospheric score and a real answer to “why” but I’m happy that I played it and I’d definitely be interested in going back to play it again, at the very lease for the Platinum trophy.

As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!

The Best Viewing Order of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Weekly Essay)

Captain Marvel is finally here, which means two things: Endgame is right around the corner, and the end of Marvel Phase Three is imminent. As is my tradition whenever a new Marvel Cinematic Universe film is released, I like to play around with the order a bit to find the best possible way to watch the films. The order can be changed to emphasize certain characters, arc, plot lines, tones, quality, or anything else that you’d like to focus on while watching the series as a whole. Since I’ve seen each film quite a few times, I know what to expect in each one and what parts of it should stand out. For instance, one could watch Phase Two in release order, but watching them in a different order allows elements of one film to stand out when juxtaposed with an entirely different film.

So, since this is probably the last time I’ll be doing this… let’s make this the Final, Official, Definitely Marvel-Approved Viewing Order of the MCU Films… Phases One Through Three

Or, FODMAVOMCUFPOTT for short.

I’ll start by listing the viewing order, and then defining each film’s location…

  • Phase One (Origin)
    • Iron Man (2008)
    • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    • Iron Man 2 (2010)
    • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
    • Thor (2011)
    • Captain Marvel (2019)
    • The Avengers (2012)
  • Phase Two (Expansion)
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
    • Iron Man 3 (2013)
    • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    • Guardians of the Galaxy (2013)
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
    • Ant-Man (2015)
    • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Phase Three (Conclusion)
    • Black Panther (2018)
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
    • Doctor Strange (2016)
    • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
    • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
    • Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Phase One is the Origin Phase. Origin stories have gotten a little run-of-the-mill so I think it’s important to get them all out of the way first. That way, after watching Iron Man, you’ll sort of be in the mood for that style of storytelling. But, after the end of Phase One and you’ve seen just how cool having them all on-screen at the same time is, you won’t be backtracking in storytelling technique much over the next 14 films. The first film is debatably the most grounded film in the entire series, so having Iron Man be the film to kick things off is the smoothest entry into the series. Then, after getting to know Tony Stark, we go back in time to see what his Dad was like in Captain America. Following that film, and the introduction to a “larger universe,” we return to Stark in Iron Man 2. This is really where the idea of the “shared universe” comes into play first.

Iron Man 2 leads into Thor and The Incredible Hulk well due to the fact that both of those films allude to our first character: Tony Stark, mainly in reference. Although, the post-credit scene for The Incredible Hulk has Stark appearing as a consultant for Nick Fury. Finally, before getting to The Avengers, we take a look at the film that is not only the final origin story of this phase but is also sort of the origin story for the entire MCU: Captain Marvel. This film gives us a good look at Fury/Coulson’s early days as well as introducing us to the idea of Infinity Stones through the Tesseract (which appeared in Captain America as well). Now, we can lead into The Avengers knowing a little more about what’s at stake than we did in 2012.

The Avengers doesn’t really need any explanation about why it should go here but as it is the final film of the phase, it’s important that it wraps up everything coming before it and changes the landscape for the succeeding Phase. Check, and check.

Phase Two is the Expansion Phase; all of the films in here expand on the universe, characters, or plot threads that the first one set up. We start this Phase with The Winter Soldier for a few reasons: to juxtapose Steve’s handling of the events of The Avengers with Tony’s, and to strengthen the audience’s relationship with Steve so that the end of Phase Two is more emotionally impactful (I’ll get to this in a little bit). The Winter Soldier sees the return of another Phase One character as well, who will be important throughout the rest of the MCU. Iron Man 3 is the film we watch next which is when we see Tony at his lowest, struggling with PTSD and what sort of person he wants to be. These two films are best to start with in Phase Two because Civil War will be how this phase ends.

Next we have Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy which expand on two things: the Cosmic side of the MCU that we are familiar with from Captain Marvel, and the idea of the Infinity Stones which we’ve seen but haven’t been properly introduced to until now. The next film after these will give us the best introduction to them but for now, these two films set things up pretty well. After we spend some time away from Earth in Guardians, and meet Thanos himself, we return to Earth to revisit the Avengers in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here, we learn that Loki’s scepter was also an infinity stone and is used to create Vision. Thor summarizes the location of the Infinity Stones towards the end of the film and sets up the end of Phase Three with Thanos, who also appears in the post-credit scene.

After Ultron, we watch Ant-Man and Civil War, because there’s no better place for Ant-Man and then Civil War wraps up Phase Two. Some say that Civil War should start Phase Three but that’s preposterous for a great many reasons, the first and main one being that Civil War is the capstone of Phase Two in every way, and leaves the MCU changed as The Avengers did. Those people also say that Ant-Man should end Phase Two, so that explains how much thought they put into it. At the end of Civil War, we’ve seen Cap and Tony fight which was made more impactful since Phase One began with Tony and we started Phase Two with Cap, allowing us to spend more time with their strengthened characters before seeing them fight each other. We were also introduced to Spider-Man and Black Panther which is how we’ll start Phase Three.

Phase Three starts exactly how Civil War ended: with Black Panther followed by Spider-Man. Since these films are relatively stand-alone, the order only really matters because of a few small details. Black Panther takes place a week after Civil War, and Spider-Man takes place a few months later (Homecoming season). This films don’t introduce any grand players to the Universe or expand on any Infinity Stones, so they’re the best films to start the Phase with. After this, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 fits in nicely before the next films all lead into Infinity War and Endgame. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the best film to watch next because it stays with the tone of the previous two films (namely GotGV2) and introduces us to the idea of the Quantum Realm. Then, Doctor Strange introduces us to the final Infinity Stone before Infinity War and Thor Ragnarok leads perfectly into the last Avengers movies. Going into Infinity War, the freshest thing on your mind will be Thor Ragnarok, which has a very fun and carefree tone to it. Juxtaposed with that, Infinity War‘s opening and overall feel will seem even grimmer than when paired with anything else. Also, the SNAP! will feel even more hopeless than it did when the film had it’s theatrical release for two reasons: the Quantum Realm seems like it’s an extremely risky idea, and Captain Marvel hasn’t been seen in 23 years. When IW came out, fans speculated that both of those would be key to destroying Thanos but now that they’re here, fans are even more unsure than they were before.

Then, Endgame. 

And that’s the best order to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Phases One through Three. This is also how I’m going to be watching the films leading up to the finale over the next month! If you’d like to join me, let me know what you think of this order. As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!

 

Downsizing (Movie Review)

Being able to stream movies is a blessing; the ability to catch up on films missed, rewatch old classics, or discover new stories is always an exciting part of modern movie watching…in theory. In 2017, one of the holiday movie releases that I was most anticipated was a film called Downsizing from director Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Nebraska, Sideways, About Schmidt) and starring a stellar cast including Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Kristin Wigg, Jason Sudeikis, et cetera. What’s not to be excited about? On top of that, it’s an original sci-fi movie that takes place in a modern world and looks at our lives through a sci-fi lens; critiquing us and our lives is the pinnacle of great, classic sci-fi and to see another movie do that and appeal to a wide audience is something that makes me genuinely happy.

And then the movie comes out.

Not only does it not do too well at the box office (at all), but the reaction it garners from critics and audiences alike was disappointing to say the least. Of course, being the naïve millennial that I am, I think that in order to enjoy this movie to it’s fullest potential, I should wait until the hoopla dies down and I may watch it with a clean slate. So, that’s exactly what I do.

I wait.

Now, it’s free to watch with a Hulu subscription (which I have because Community is a show that exists) and I was excited to see it pop up on my home screen. Over the last three nights, I finally watched it for myself. What did I think?

Yeah, “mixed reviews” sound about right.

During the first, say, 30 minutes I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. I think the premise is truly great and reminds me of some of Jim Carrey’s best films of the late-90’s and early-2000’s. With a script as unique as this, undeniable talent in front of and behind the camera, and an audience that’s clamoring for a great tale that this film promised, what went wrong? Well, it was the marketing that ruined this film. Even after waiting over a year to watch it for myself, I still feel as though this film has been grossly mismarketed in every way. Granted, I’m not sure how I would market this either (at least not honestly), but that doesn’t change the fact that what people wanted and what people got were dreadfully different.

While I sound quite negative in my perspective of the film, know that it is not the film itself that I have such disdain for, but the way this film was sold to audiences. If you remember the trailers, and I urge you not to, you’ll remember that this was sold as an Oscar-bait drama/comedy about life itself, and how best to appreciate it. It seemed like it was going to be a movie about enjoying the small aspects of life, paying attention to the little things, not judging a book by its cover and all of that cliched, usual stuff. What was this movie actually about? Well…enjoying the small aspects of life, paying attention to the little things, and not judging a book by its cover. But also, the end of the world? If Jim Carrey was in a movie that’s like Honey I Shrunk the Kids meets Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, I’d see that in a heartbeat. It would be unique, entertaining, and heartfelt.

This did not end up being that movie. It’s not Matt Damon’s fault, but the character we follow for the 135-minute runtime makes the film feel so much longer than it actually is. We don’t follow him because we enjoy being with him, we follow him because we pity him and, like the movie says at least three times, he’s pathetic. This movie is about his personal growth from being an everyday “no man,” to more of a free-willed “yes man.” Again, Jim Carrey would have made this movie simply marvelous. Instead of being about the celebration of life, it’s about how Paul becomes less pathetic. Still, the whole “nothing ever goes right for this guy” continues all the way until the credits, so did his new-found outlook on life really make a difference? I don’t think so.

I love a good character study, and I love a good movie about accepting the broad, uncontrollable aspects of life…but this film is neither, and it feels like it becomes something completely different. It’s about a very non-special man who undergoes a procedure that 3% of the entire Earth’s population goes through, who we pity throughout, and who weaves in and out of other people’s lives so much so that you never really know which characters are going to still be in the movie after another 10 minutes, and then who encounters the possible end of the human race. By the end of the film, we have such a rag-tag group of misfits that I felt as though I was watching something completely different than what I started three years ago (or however long this movie was).

However, I actually quite liked the movie. I did not find it boring, bad, or in any way unbearable. Granted, it was a good 135-minute movie when it could have been a bloody fantastic 90-minute movie but the film we got is what it is: a unique sci-fi movie that was embarrassingly mismarketed. If I had to market this film, I’d say that it’s a slow-burn dramedy (not pure comedy) that is more reminiscent of a Steven Spielberg drama (like The Terminal, not any of his really good ones), and is more of a stitched-together quilt of great ideas that in the end makes sort of an uncomfortable blanket that you’ll most likely never choose to spend time with. Do I regret watching it? Absolutely not. Will I remember much about it in a few weeks? I doubt it. Would I watch it again? I’m not so sure.

But, it’s free with a Hulu subscription so there’s really not much to lose aside from 135 minutes of time. Your choice.

Anyways, I think I’m going to end this review here. If you liked this, check out some of my other stuff (or wait until the end of the weekend to see about 4-5 more reviews on here. Including new films such as Captive State and Triple Frontier!) As always, I thank you for reading and I’ll see you soon!

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Review Plan (Week Ending 3/17)

With so much to read, watch, play, and write, I’ve decided to compartmentalize each of these by making a sort of “schedule” for each week. For every week, I’ll aim to watch one season of television, play one game, read one book, and watch three to five movies. However, since sometimes a book might be longer, or a game may take more than a week to fully understand, I figured I could publish a review for a game I’ve beaten but have yet to share my thoughts on. So, as I attempt to beat The Witness on PS4, I’ll review Assassin’s Creed II which I beat about a week ago.

Aside from Assassin’s Creed II being my game-of-the-week, I’ve also decided to start preparing for Hellboy which comes out in theaters early April. In order to ready myself, I thought it would be a good idea to read the Hellboy Omnibus volumes so that I’m at least somewhat familiar with the character. Then (something I haven’t done in a long time), I’ll be able to write an Adaptation Comparison between the comic-book source material and the cinematic translation. Finally, the tv show I’m going to watch this week is the first season of You on Netflix as it was recommended to me by someone whose opinion I trust more than most.

As for movies, I thought I’d start this week out easy by just picking the ONE film I want to watch most on each streaming service I’m subscribed to. I’m thinking Annihilation from Hulu, Rampage from HBO, Velvet Buzzsaw from Netflix, and Eighth Grade on Amazon Prime.

I’m feeling satisfied and optimistic about this new plan I’ve created for myself. I’m hoping that it’ll give my life some more structure and also allow me to springboard myself into other avenues of interest. I don’t know, though, I’m just looking forward to experiencing all of these unique stories people are sharing with the world.

This posts will mostly be little blurbs, teasers of what’s to come this week. And if I can figure out how notifications work on this site, maybe a place of discussion for us. But, all that being said, time to get started on the week!

As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!

Community (Series Review)

There is skill to it. More importantly, it has to be joyful, effortless, fun. TV defeats its own purpose when it’s pushing an agenda, or trying to defeat other TV or being proud or ashamed of itself for existing.

It’s TV.

It’s comfort. It’s a friend you’ve known so well and for so long you just let it be with you, and it needs to be okay for it to have a bad day, or phone in a day.

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Captain Marvel (Movie Review)

Marvel Studios unveils the Ace up its sleeve, finally showing the audience the secret weapon they have to stop Thanos: Captain Marvel. After seeing the film, I find myself resonating most with a phrase I heard earlier this weekend: “It feels like a Phase One movie.” I truly think there is no better way to describe the entirety of the movie than simply labeling it as “Phase One material.” Of course, Phase One was awesome and without it being so beloved, we wouldn’t be in the final chapters of Phase Three. Still, compared to other Phase Three films, and even most of Phase Two, Captain Marvel comes up a little short.

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