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The problem with this movie is it doesn't live up to the HBO movie of the same name staring Amand Assanti. If you haven't done your homework beforehand, you'll be lost as characters are simply dropped into the plot with no introduction or explanation of who they are, why they're there, and what relationship they have to the main character. It's all "inside baseball" stuff, and it plays like the movie script that Christopher was writing in season 2 of The Sopranos.
Serviceable but not groundbreaking. Good but not great. The biggest problem face by Captain Marvel is that Marvel Studios has lost their ability to tell a story that isn't "just" a superhero movie. For example, Captain America was a war movie, Ant-Man was a heist movie, Incredible Hulk was a cat and mouse chase movie. They were all different types of movies that just happened to be about superheros. Captain Marvel isn't that. It's just a superhero movie.
There's a lot of good stuff in it. Ben Mendelsohn is very relatable, Jude Law is great, and Annette Bening and Sam Jackson show why they are Hollywood legends. However, there's plenty lacking too. Brie Larson's emotional range goes from flat to slightly concave. The action is unconvincing (I get it, she's a super bad ass. But she's still fighting a team of trained killers. She should be having more trouble than she does). And the script would have benefited from a person who had a passing knowledge of the Captain Marvel story and the Kree/Skrull War.
All in all, it was fine. Better than Black Panther and Iron Man 3, but not by much. If this had been released 3 years ago, it probably would have been a great movie for what Marvel was doing at that time, but now it's just lacking.
Another great movie that idiot critics don't like because it doesn't stroke their overinflated egos. If you don't know anything about comics, then you shouldn't talk about comic book characters or their movies. Though not perfect, Venom has a lot of what comic fans want. The plot is solid, the action is good, the villain is compelling, and the "hero" is likeable. It's funny when it should be, and it's dark where it should be. All around good flick.
As an old school action movie, it's perfect. Guns that never run dry. Monosyllabic protagonist. Big bad guy who's not as scary as his number two. All things that make up a fun soda and popcorn movie. Willis is good as the new "Man with No Name". Christopher Walken is just as villainous as you always wanted him to be. Bruce Dern adds a little flavor as the inept sheriff. And the shootouts are great.
However, for those how absolutely must compare it to the original and it's original reimagining (Yojimbo and Fistful of Dollars), no it's not as good. This doesn't have any of the sweeping landscapes and beautiful cinematography as Sergio Leon's masterful Dollars Trilogy (however it also doesn't have that irritating kid crying and yelling "Mama" either). So if you want an artful masterpiece that's slower and has less action, watch Fistful of Dollars (better than Yojimbo, in my opinion). But, if you want a straight forward action story with gangsters and Tommy guns, watch this.