Captain Marvel is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers and it is the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet also writing. It stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
The Story/The Direction:
This film takes place in 1995 and starts out far away in space in a war between the Kree and the Skrulls. On a mission to rescue a spy, Vers (Larson) is captured by the Kree. She escapes and follows the Skrulls to Earth where she works with a young Nick Fury (Jackson) to take them down. While on earth, Vers learns what her life before the Kree was and who she is now.
The choice by Boden and Fleck to put this film in 1995 adds to the film for nostalgia and comedy. Captain Marvel is used to this high end and fast technology and when she comes to Earth, she finds dial-up internet and CD-ROMs. The action is a lot of fun to see and the music by Pinar Toprak keeps every scene immensely entertaining. The directors have to tackle a triad of film genres, spy-thriller, space adventure, and character story. They do achieve a good product even though it is not perfect. The film also has a very strong message within Captain Marvel's character.
Vers has been told for as long as she can remember to always keep her emotions in check by these entities. She has been told to essentially not be herself. It is a bad thing if she lets her emotions and powers loose. Her finding her voice is the centerpiece of the film. Larson plays this role very well and her chemistry with Jackson is one of the best in the entire MCU. His anti-aging looks fantastic. Goose the cat and Mendelsohn are both scene-stealers and the overall Skrulls story was a new and unique way to take villains.
This film, unfortunately, has some pacing issues as there are multiple scenes that are extremely heavy with dialogue. While this works for some character development, it can make the film boring at times. Furthermore, the big reveal is not a big one if one understands the entire MCU and it feels predictable. Some of the anti-aging does not look the best especially with Gregg's Coulson and it can be fairly noticeable. In addition, the film does not show her learning how to use her powers when she lets loose. This may be a little bit of a nitpick as is the underuse of Lynch's character, given who her daughter is.
This film is very entertaining even though it is not the best film in the MCU. However, it is not the worst either and has a very captivating message that keeps it unique in the franchise. It may have some issues but that will not keep you from enjoying the great but flawed film. It is a fun time in theatres and definitely worth buying on Blu-ray.
Rating: 4.0/5.0 bowties
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