It’s a bit ironic that DC’s best movie, so far, is still Wonder Woman, the first comic book hero movie with a female lead, and Marvel’s first foray into a female lead comic book hero movie doesn’t quite live up to expectations.
It’s not to say that Captain Marvel isn’t a fun film, it just doesn’t measure up to the rest of their films.
Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Captain Marvel, I suppose like most Marvel movies, was hyped out the wazoo, and much of that was directed at the fact that it was a big female empowerment movie. Marvel’s first female-lead superhero movie! Woo Hooo! And though it does a lot with showing the Carol Danver’s character (Brie Larson) overcoming a lot of “You can’t do that, you’re not strong enough. You’re a woman!” in childhood flashbacks, I think the overall character arc would have had more impact if we had seen maybe one long flashback, showing her earlier life in more detail so we had more time to get connected to Danvers and therefore caring more later when she fully realizes her powers.
There script just doesn’t give Brie Larson quite enough emotional range – she doesn’t feel like a fully rounded, developed character. She’s kinda wise-cracking, and a total badass. But the script by writers/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck never really gives us the in depth moments of uncertainty or sensitivity early on to give her personal journey the needed impact in the third act. She’s all badass – and that’s what we want – but it seems lacking in emotional punch.
Of all the things to feel is ‘off’ about Captain Marvel, that is the last thing I wanted to have happen. The rest of the film is entertaining. Samuel Jackson as AGENT Nick Fury (this film takes place in 1995) and Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson are great and provide much needed humor. And so does Ben Mendelsohn as a Skrull with a distaste for cats. And speaking of cats, the one in this named Goose is a character onto himself.
Obviously, the effects are great, up to Marvel’s standards, bringing to life the kind of childhood comicbook coolness we expect from them. It’s still a fair amount of fun. Since the film takes place in the 90’s, the soundtrack is great, but also a bit distracting. Every time a anew song came on, there was a flurry of laughter i the theater.It’s hard to tell if that was laughing AT, or WITH the film.
Captain Marvel isn’t a flop at all, but it isn’t among the strongest of the Marvel films, either. It’s still certainly worth a look on the big screen, but I felt the third act lacked emotional punch by not giving Carol Danver’s character as much attention earlier in the film.
So, it’s still worth seeing; 3 and a half kittenhands worth, but it isn’t one of the better written of the Marvel films. That bums me out, because I wanted it to be so much better.
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, interested to see how Captain Marvel is written in Avengers: Endgame. Different writers, maybe different result