Leighton Trent’s review published on Letterboxd:
MCU Rewatch Marathon - #19
"You know anything about a lady blowing up a Blockbuster? Witnesses say she was dressed for laser tag."
A few thoughts on this viewing as I had not seen it since the theatre:
~ Along with Ulysses from Inside Llewyn Davis and Mr. Mittens in Soul, Gus is one of the best film cats in the twenty-first century.
~ The longstanding feelings of dislike for Brie Larson the person/the actress/her characters should not exist. She's damn good and damn committed no matter if she's an indestructible superhero here or a kidnapped mom winning an Oscar in Room.
~ Nostalgia is such a key element here, especially for the mid-thirties fanboys and fangirls that were raised in the nineties, and it's used to overwhelmingly, nauseatingly good effect here.
~ Maybe Boden and Fleck weren't the best choice for this character and her story, but I think they do the best they can with what Marvel presented with them as a relatively tepid and rushed cinematic origin story despite this character being an all around badass.
~ I firmly believe Ben Mendelssohn can do anything and do no wrong at the same time.
~ The No Doubt "Just a Girl" needle drop is the best needle drop in the MCU and always will be.