Double Feature… But Doubled!: Captain Marvel, Five Feet Apart, Alita: Battle Angel, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral

Here were are, with another article of Double Feature and, in this instance, we have a DOUBLE Double Feature as I saw four movies this week, all of which are WILDLY different movies from one another. With that being said, let’s dive in with the big one: Captain Marvel!

Captain_Marvel_posterCaptain Marvel

The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to stay strong with no signs of slowing down with the latest installment and the movie before Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel. I have to say that, just like Black Panther, it is refreshing to see the MCU change with the time and push more stronger representation in its movies. While a lot of the movies can be argued to feel “same,” the films themselves follow the similar patterns of a grand saga, tackle several different issues, and truly feel like the comic book has come to life on the big screen.

Captain Marvel is the tale of a Kree woman named Vers (Brie Larson) who fights for the Kree Federation against their foes. She has amnesia and has no idea of her past before her previous six years. After a botched mission ends in her capture, Vers finds herself on earth and in a chase between a rival group of enemy aliens known as the Skrull and SHIELD agents including a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).

Overall, this movie was phenomenal from start to finish and easily one of the stronger movies in the MCU. The plot itself is filled with twists and turns that are unexpected and it even takes on a different role of portraying characters from a villanized party as heroes. While there are some extremely minor problems of plot contrivances and holes, these can easily be overlooked for the story itself.

Final Score: 4.5/5

Five_Feet_Apart_(2019_poster)Five Feet Apart

It is so weird that this has become a genre now. With the success of The Fault in Our Stars sick teen romance movies have become one of the fastest growing genres in film today. Unfortunately, few have been able to capture the lightning in a bottle effect that the original one had… Mainly because they just sort of retread the same steps without changing much, if anything at all, aside from the affliction that the two star crossed teens are suffering from. To add onto this unfortunate energy… Five Feet Apart is not the movie to break the mold or try something new.

The best way that I can describe this movie in one sentence is thus: If you have seen The Fault in Our Stars, than you have already seen Five Feet Apart. While the movie itself does a number of things well and even shows some true flares of talent from the cinematography, writing, and direction, there just isn’t enough here to say that it can truly be considered a good movie.

Five Feet Apart is the story about a romance that blossoms between two teenagers in a hospital being treated for cystic fibrosis. The two teenagers, Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will Newman (Cole Sprouse), are not allowed within six feet of each other due to the fact that the bacteria in their lungs could annihilate the others lungs, effectively putting their lives at risk due to infection. At the start of the movie, both characters suffer from a specific character flaw that brings them both together, Will being jaded about his own mortality and effectively rebelling against his treatments and Stella being hyper controlling about medication, time, and scheduling. Eventually the two develop a relationship that puts their lives and perspectives into focus while all the while trying to exist with such a horrific disease.

As I said, the plot and story are pretty well directly lifted from The Fault in Our Stars with similar tension between the characters, beats, and romantic rules and boundaries that are to be accepted or challenged. Due to the fact that it changes so little the story itself very much suffers while those working on the project do have solid performances. This is not helped by the fact that the beats followed are very much signaled in the direction which makes the movie quite predictable as well. Sprouse and Richardson, while putting forth great to passing performances, unfortunately do not have a great deal of romantic chemistry. While Richardson’s performance, in particular, as well as clever use of camera angles prop this movie up, there isn’t much separating it from the pact. As such, my final words would be if this is something you are into, give it a watch. However, it will more than likely be forgotten with time.

Final Score: 2.5/5

Alita_Battle_Angel_(2019_poster)Alita: Battle Angel

If there was one way to describe Alita: Battle Angel is that it is an excellently made movie that doesn’t really do a whole lot of anything. It certainly is an entertaining movie, especially if you are a science fiction fan, however the story itself is just kind of meh. Beyond that, that is about all I have to say.

Final Score: 3/5

MadeaFamilyFuneralTyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral

Now we come to the end of this little jaunt and with easily the worst movie this year so far… I am… Honestly impressed. I don’t know what other words I can use. Tyler Perry is not talentless. The guy has talent, he has range, he has shown that he can be competent… So why is it that his movies are so awful? Like, not just major motion picture awful but like INEPT on a structural foundation of what it means to be cinema. All of his movies are poorly made with college level flaws in their camera work and direction and STILL they are immensely popular and make bank doing it.

If you have seen one Madea movie, you have seen them all. The plot is generally the same, the jokes are generally the same, and the tonal whiplash of madcap comedy directly followed by serious issues followed by madcap comedy is the same. I still doubt this will be the last Madea movie. Because somehow these things still keep generating money. However, for me, they still get the lowest score.

Final Score: 0/5

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