So after months of Brie Larson doing everything in her binary powers to lead a massive crusade of self-inflicting damage to the movie’s reputation, I finally went and watched Captain Marvel.
I won’t beat around the bush so I’ll get right to the point. The movie was good. It wasn’t amazing, it wasn’t revolutionary, no does it rank top 5. It was just a good Marvel movie. Was there an emphasis on modern feminism, political propaganda and cliche SJW in this movie? Yeah and a lot, but to be fair, it didn’t break the movie nor felt like it was shoved down our throats (for the most part). Then again, that’s just me. So with that out of the way, let’s get down to talking about this new installment of the Marvel cinematic universe.
However, before we do go on, I’d like to mention the opening scene of the movie. That was amazing. Thank You Stan Lee, for everything! Alright, NOW WE CAN BEGIN!
So the movie starts out with Vers aka Carol suffering from recurring nightmares involving an older woman. We weren’t told who she was, only that she’s someone from Vers past. It wasn’t until way later that we learn who she really was and that revelation was kind of surprising. Turns out they gender-bent Mar-Vell. That twist was an interesting one to say the least as I assumed that Yong-Rogg was Mar-Vell the entire time. To be honest, I feel pretty indifferent about that reveal. I mean she was pretty funny on the screen so I can’t complain.
Now here’s the real twist that I found pretty interesting and hadn’t thought of much as a comic fan. So when Talos arrives at the Rambeau house we learned that the Skrulls are in fact refugees searching for a new home and Lawson was a Kree renegade helping them. I don’t know about you guys but I had a hard time accepting this new information. I mean, it’s the Skrulls. We’ve mostly only seen them cause problems so for me, that was a first. Maybe it happened in the comics, but I’m not too familiar with that so you’ll have to excuse me on that one. However, when you start to think about it, I guess it makes sense, not everyone would be up for war. Kinda feels like they’re trying to say something here huh? I’ll leave it at that.
I will say that Brie Larson’s performance as Carol Danvers was rather perplexing. What I mean by this is that there were instances in the movie where I couldn’t tell how Carol was feeling at times. I had heard that Brie’s facial expressions were noted to be limited at times but I never fully understood what that meant until I saw her in Captain Marvel. She wasn’t bad by no means, but she didn’t excel at conveying her emotions out to the best of her abilities. In fact, everyone else in the movie was kinda better at it than her. Even, when she had to fight her own “people” after learning the truth, I kind of found it weird that she wasn’t conflicted by it, at least a little bit. She always had that straight to sometimes smile on her face, face.
Now, I’m aware that in the six years she spent on the Kree’s homeworld, she was raised to tame and control her emotions, so maybe that’s what she’s going for, however, it wasn’t the case later on in the movie. Especially with how talkative she was throughout the movie.
Samuel L Jackson, on the other hand, took me by surprise. I knew that we were going to see a younger Nick Fury, but I didn’t expect an energetic one at that. His performance was great and he was a blast to watch whenever he came on screen. Now, unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the rest of the cast. What I mean by this is that, despite their performance of their respective characters, I can’t remember their names or what role they played in the movie at all. They felt almost forgettable at times. Goose was OK. Everyone seems to like the cat, but to me, it was whatever.
The special effects for Captain Marvel were one of the few things that were great. I really enjoyed seeing Carol finally enter into her binary form and just unleash hell on the Kree’s warships. The fight scenes were very well choreographed too. Overall, it was an origin story, one that to be fair, isn’t needed to see Endgame, but is needed to understand how Fury came into contact with Carol and who Carol is as a person and who she is fighting for.
Was it enough to convince me that Captain Marvel is the one to beat Thanos? No! In fact, I’d still feel a bit weird seeing her be the one to take him down. In my opinion, the movie hasn’t earned her that right. The mid-credits did show Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, Bruce Banner, and James Rhodes monitoring the pager and we finally so her meet up with the Avenger.
In the end, the movie is still worth watching, but not at the cinema and I wouldn’t say it’s a must-see either. You can still see Avengers Endgame without feeling like you missed something. It’s just a shame that all that political nonsense tainted an otherwise good film.