Captain Marvel is the newest film in the Marvel franchise, meaning that it is just one film closer to the most anticipated Marvel movie of the year, Avengers: Endgame. However, this is not just a stepping-stone movie – a placeholder if you will until we get to the main event. It is a film that manages to stay as engaging and as entertaining as Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, or Dr. Strange was when they first debuted.
Carol Danvers, the superhuman Captain Marvel, is played by Academy Award winner Brie Larson. While many criticized her when the trailers came out as being very one-note, she fully proves that she can carry not only this film, but will be capable of can acting alongside future Avenger teammates Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), and Chris Evans (Captain America).
Alongside Larson is Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as the soon to be S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos. While Jackson and Law turn in performances that as good as you would expect, Mendelsohn surprisingly is the stand out star next to Larson. His character has a pivotal shift that you would not have expected, and he manages to convincingly portray every turn his character takes. I would like to go into more details on this but then we are getting into spoiler territory – so just know that you will walk away from Captain Marvel loving his character and hoping that he will have future appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The action in the film is pretty entertaining – not Avengers: Infinity War level, but still engaging. There are action set pieces that take place either on different planets, in the middle of space, or on Earth itself (in the 90’s), and they all look pretty spectacular – minus CGI uncanny valley moments where things don’t look one hundred percent believable.
Speaking of CGI – the magic sorcery they used to make Samuel L. Jackson look 20 years younger was nearly perfect. It is hard to think that in real life the actor is 70 years old because he does not look like it in the movie. However, throughout the film we get small sprinkles of fan favorite Agent Coulson, still played by Clark Gregg, and his young CGI self does not look as convincing. Probably why he isn’t in the film much. Every time he shows up on screen I was drawn to his nose and my brain knew it wasn’t real, and neither was the “skin” on his face. Once it was noticed, it couldn’t be unnoticed and it does take you out of the movie for a bit. I guess Disney only had enough in the budget to give only one actor the true “fountain of youth treatment.”
As for a few other minor nitpicks, the stakes in the movie where not as high as I would have liked. I do believe that if the movie had been made 10 years ago next to the first Iron Man it would have been unnoticeable, however, after following up Avengers: Infinity War the threat seems pretty insignificant in comparison. That isn’t necessarily the film’s fault, it’s just a byproduct of being in a Cinematic Universe where stakes have gotten so high that we have witnessed half of the life in the universe being wiped out.
Here is a real nitpick – the beginning of the climactic fight scene starts off with ‘Just A Girl’ by No Doubt. While the song itself isn’t bad it is really out of place for the scene – in fact it sucks. While watching Brie Larson kick the crap out of the bad guys and hearing this song play in the background it brought only one thought to mind, “My God, please don’t tell me this is going to last for the entire fight.” Thankfully it doesn’t. While song choice has little to no bearing on the quality of the movie as a whole, it is probably one of Marvel’s worst song choices to accompany a movie scene they have every chosen. However, like I said, this is really nitpicking.
Overall Captain Marvel is a very entertain film that is very important to the overall story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It fills in a few gaps in the timeline while answering potential questions about future Marvel films. Definitely stay for the end credit scenes, especially the first one! I’m pretty sure it is a scene pulled right out of Avengers: Endgame, and really gets you amped up for upcoming movie. The characters are memorable, and Captain Marvel is a fun new character to be added to the Avengers roster.
Captain Marvel gets a 7.5/10! Not the best movie Marvel has put out – it has it’s flaws, however it is a movie that I and many others will be going back to watch again and again (unlike Iron Man 2, Thor: The Dark World, or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2).
Have you had a chance to see Captain Marvel? If you haven’t, will you? If you have, what did you think? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.