'Captain Marvel' Review: The Most Powerful Avenger?

Updated on April 22, 2019

Captain Marvel is the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the first female lead superhero movie in the MCU. The movie stars Brie Larson as Captain Marval, Samuel L. Jackson returning as Nick Fury, and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull leader Talos. Captain Marvel is also the first MCU movie to have a female director as it was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

On the surface, Captain Marvel is an enjoyable popcorn flick. I went to watch this movie with my two younger brothers who also enjoyed the movie. Is it the best Marvel movie yet? Not by a long shot. However, it does not disappoint.

Captain Marvel works the best when Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson are on screen together. These two actors have good chemistry on screen when they are bickering back and forth. The moments I enjoyed most during the film was when they are together. Having Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury as one of the main characters brought something new to the MCU as he has previously been a supporting character. We really got the opportunity to see Nick Fury shine and be apart of the action in this film.

Another positive to the movie is Ben Mendelsohn as Talos. Mendelsohn is always an actor I enjoy, no matter what movie he is in. When speaking of his character in Captain Marvel, he is funny and brings a twist in the movie that makes his performance heartfelt. It really felt like Mendelsohn enjoyed playing this character, which in turn made the character all that more enjoyable to watch.

Where this movie fell flat for me was in Captain Marvel herself. There were certain flashback scenes that didn't really explore anything about Captain Marvel. They felt as if they were just there to show her standing up from a fall. After the end of the movie, I didn't quite understand what Captain Marvel can do. I understood where her powers come from, however I did not understand how her body took in these powers. What made her Captain Marvel? How, after she acquired her powers, did her powers become so powerful? After viewing this film, I wondered if she was so powerful that the Avengers need her to defeat Thanos. Thor seemed powerful enough to stop Thanos with his new axe... if only he aimed for the head! What is it that Captain Marvel has that the Avengers need so badly that Nick Fury paged her to help out? After the movie, this question stuck out like a sore thumb.

Overall, Captain Marvel is an enjoyable Marvel movie. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a movie for the pure enjoyment. There are moments in this movie that make you inspired, and there are moments that make you scratch you head. I left the theater with more questions than answers, however, Captain Marvel is definitely worth a watch!

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