brian-mcgee - June 12, 2019
Captain Marvel was a good, if totally forgettable entry in the MCU thanks in large part to the film not really breaking any new ground beyond finally featuring a super-powered female. The film is now getting the Honest Trailer treatment from Screen Junkies, and they point out the biggest problem I had with the movie, and that's the youthinization of Samuel L. Jackson.
This tech has worked well in the past, for example when they de-aged Michael Douglas for three minutes at the beginning of Ant-Man or when they de-aged Kurt Russell for three minutes at the beginning of Guardians Vol. 2 or when they de-aged Michelle Pfeiffer for three minutes at the beginning of Ant-Man and the Wasp. Do we see a pattern emerging?
This tech works fine when it's used for three minutes at the beginning of a movie, but when used throughout an entire movie as it was here, it seems off. It's distracting to see a visibly young looking Samuel L. Jackson move, run, and fight because he moves, runs, and fights like the 70-year old man that he is. This is why I'm terrified of Scorsese's upcoming flick The Irishman. I'm sure the cgi used to de-age De Niro, Pacino, Pesci, and Keitel will look alright, but they're going to move like old ass men, which they are.
Anyway, if you came here looking for a discussion of Captain Marvel, I have failed you, but I think we all learned something today. Computer generated youthinization only works for three minutes at the beginning of a movie. Unless that movie is Tron: Legacy. That young Jeff Bridges still gives me nightmares.
Captain Marvel is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, On Demand, and probably on Betamax as well, for you last remaining holdouts.