'Captain Marvel' Review
Captain Marvel is a 2019 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the twenty-first filmin the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet also contributing to the screenplay. Brie Larson stars as Danvers, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.
Captain Marvel... This was a film that I was excited to see, but also terrified. Captain Marvel had a lot riding on it. This is the film that had to introduce a brand new superhero in Captain Marvel who also happens to be the most powerful one in the MCU right before the epic battle that is Avengers: Endgame
I was really rooting for this film. I was hoping that it would be good, but a part of me kept saying that it wasn't possible (based on circumstances). To me Captain Marvel was the unofficial start of phase 4. I know Spiderman: Far From Home is technically the start, but Captain Marvel was meant to be an example of r films to come after Endgame. Like I said before it has a lot riding on it.
After watching it I have to say it wasn't bad... Not bad at all. I actually really enjoyed it. To be fair it definitely had it's fair share of problems and it is far from perfect, but man I really had fun.
Most of this films problems come from the story, and unfortunately the lack of character development given to Captain Marvel. This was probably the only origin story (at least in the MCU) I've seen that still left a lot of the character a mystery, but even with those problems I found this to be an extremely enjoyable film that I had a lot of fun with.
I thought the acting was great. I really enjoyed Brie Larson and I thought she brought a lot of life to a character that didn't get the most development and was never the most interesting character in a scene. I also really enjoyed Samuel L. Jackson. He proves once again why he's a legend. I really enjoyed Lashana Lynch, who played Carol's best friend as well as Akira Akbar, who plays the daughter. And it's always nice to see Agent Coulson. I also really enjoyed Ben Mendelsohn as Talos.
As a whole I thought there was little to complain about when it came down to the acting.
The plot and story is where this film really starts to take a turn for the worst. As a whole I thought it was good, but Captain Marvel never reached it's full potential, and they end up really playing it safe. There's a lot of things that should be great, but end up only being good. Don't get me wrong there's nothing wrong with good, but when a film has as much potential as this one did it just feels disappointing.
One thing that really bothered me, and arguably the worst part of the film was that there wasn't a great villain. The stakes were very low, there was a lack of tension, and there was never a part in the film that ever got me worried about whether or not Captain Marvel was going to live or die. Add that to the fact that you never really have an emotional attachment to the character and it just makes some of the film feel so flat.
Anther thing is that Captain Marvel doesn't get very much character development. For the most part all of the flashbacks we get are there more so for the plot rather than the character. At times I felt a lot more connected to Fury, Carol's best friend, and her daughter.
There was a very cool cat in the film that I really loved. There was one scene involving this cat and Fury that I really didn't like, but other then that I really enjoyed those two together.
The plot does suffer a lot, but as a whole I do think it was solid.
This film at times does feel a little sluggish, but when it gets going it gets going. Unfortunately it just feels like it never gets to spread it's wings. They play it so safe, too safe at times.
At times this film feels more like a tryout or a showcase rather than an origin story. They leave a lot to be desired. This film had a ton of potential that it just never gets to reach.
With that being said I still had a lot of fun, and I can't wait for the sequel. I found it to be very funny and entertaining. I also thought the action was handled very well, and for the most part I thought the score was solid. Also the de-aging CGI used was second to none. It really was a work of magic. 2 minutes after seeing it for the first time I forget how old Samuel L. Jackson really was.
Captain Marvel definitely has it's problems, but as a whole I thought it was very well done, and I had an extremely fun time. This is definitely not the best Marvel movie, but it's also far from the worst.
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