Captain Marvel

If equality means representation of even the mediocre of a group, then Captain Marvel might be considered evidence of greater equality of amongst women in movies, specifically women in superhero movies.

Captain Marvel is notable only because it’s the rare movie where women make up a decent percentage of the movie population…almost as if it were in the real world.

Extra points for picking a fight with a little old lady. However, even the alien characters of note were mostly male.

Captain Marvel isn’t a bad movie. It’s merely a sufficient movie. It lack the sense of, well, wonder of Wonder Woman. It’s perfunctory and doesn’t try very hard. I found it entertaining; I laughed quite a bit throughout. It didn’t go for silly fun to the extent Guardians of the Galaxy did, or even Ant Man and Wasp (which also had superior fight choreography).

Unlike Wonder Woman, I didn’t come away from Captain Marvel with any stirring message. No new way of looking at the world. Nothing particularly inspirational to teach the kiddos about being a better person, a better citizen, or working for a better world. As role models go, Captain Marvel provides a woman in action, but the action is mostly reflexive not reflective.

Wonder Women had at least 3 stunning action scenes I enjoyed watching over and over again. Captain Marvel’s biggest trick seemed to be standing up after getting knocked down. And she gets knocked down over and over. This seems to be her signature move. I guess the point is “You can’t keep a good woman down.” But it’s not enough.