Strong performances, action, ’90s nostalgia outweigh ‘Captain Marvel’s’ head-scratching mythology (Movie review)

It’s been a cliché for more than four decades now that spectacle can’t overcome a bad screenplay, but it’s still remarkable how many films can nail everything except communicating to a viewer what the heck is going on. With “Captain Marvel,” the fun and technically amazing 21st Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, I can’t discount that I may have spaced out on important details, but I do suspect I was spending too much time trying to figure out the nature of Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) superpowers rather than kicking back for the ride.

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An outsider’s take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (2014) (Movie review)

This blog series chronicles my first viewing of the complete MCU movie saga. I’ll examine each film under various categories that reflect popular discussion points. Next up is the 10th film, “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014):

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ looks great, but doesn’t have much of a point (Movie review)

“Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014) has such gorgeously detailed production design in every frame that I almost want to watch it again on mute. There probably wasn’t a better-looking film released last year. But the film itself is shallow, and frankly, it might be the most overrated of 2014.

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