CAPTAIN MARVEL REVIEW [SPOILER-FREE]…
For some reason, there’s been this toxic, volatile mass of incredibly opinionated people that have made their voices heard since this movie was announced in 2014, and their disgust for this film’s existence has only snowballed since. And here we are; the movie is out, the internet is pointlessly enraged (because internet), and people are dishing out their reviews. Some people just can’t wrap their heads around or accept that a female is the main hero, which is scarce throughout all superhero franchises at the moment. Is it fear hidden behind disgust? I don’t know. Whatever it is, it’s pretty sad.
Here’s the thing, it’s okay not being interested in a movie, but the way most negative people are coming across is sheer disapproval, not apprehension or scepticism. This goes for any film or franchise that has done the same, or is planning to do so. Heaven forbid we get an overdue female hero lead, twenty-one movies in, right?! But with all this being said, I’m going to review this movie simply as a movie. I’m not going to give it bonus points because she’s a woman, nor am I gonna lower my score because she’s a woman. I’m reviewing it as the next installment in the MCU, and as a standalone piece.
Right off the bat, I thoroughly enjoyed Captain Marvel. I’d read a few reviews before going to see it, but after seeing it for myself, I’m genuinely confused as to why the majority of people are giving it a “Yeaah, it’s alright”, reception. That’s fine of course, but I found a lot to love about this nostalgic, sci-fi, buddy-cop movie. It’s an above-par film when comparing it to other cinematic releases, but because we only tend to compare these films to other MCU installments at this point, people’s standards are incredibly high, and dare I say we’re somewhat spoilt because of this? I try to appreciate a movie for what it is, rather than what it isn’t… Regardless I enjoyed it.
Think of it this way… Imagine how hard it is to keep finding new/fresh ways of doing an origin story for a new character, whilst making sure it’s not the traditional style of origin, this far into a franchise. The lost memory and mystery keeps you guessing, and there were some very satisfying revelations. You have an idea of who she is and what she stands for, but you can’t help but think she’s being suppressed for some reason. You follow her journey, watching Carol slowly re-find herself to eventually let loose, showing what she’s truly made of (literally). The intrigue and mystery elements aren’t difficult to follow either so don’t worry about the movie unintentionally muddling itself with too much shroudery (yeah, I just made that word up, but you know what I mean).
Brie Larson plays both a convincing Captain Marvel and Carol Danvers. The stubbornness that masks her compassion lets you know that yes, don’t get on the wrong side of her, but it’s never in an arrogant way. She’s very likeable in the sense that she’s never unnecessarily rude. Yeah, in her urge to prove herself initially, she’s a little reckless, but that goes for every superpowered person that’s finding how far they can push it. As the movie goes on, the more she discovers about herself and the world she’s a part of. I could see a slow transition from start to finish. The human she truly is eventually works hand-in-hand with her god-like power, so you’re not just watching some crazy omnipotent being rip everything a new one, you see Carol at the same time.
It’s obvious I’m going to say Fury was awesome in this. I’m glad he had a lot to do in this, because I was worried he was gonna be a glorified cameo overused in the trailers, but he’s not. It was cool seeing this pre-avengers Nick not quite on top of the S.H.I.E.L.D foodchain, but you see how he eventually becomes so. Somehow, he has the most sass in the movie. The de-aging technology is literally unnoticeable too, it was like genuinely looking at a younger Sam Jackson. The same goes for Clark Gregg as Coulson. I was trying hard to spot any rubbery CGI on their faces, but I couldn’t. It was great.
Okay, I’ve been dying to talk about the Skrulls. I love, love, love them. I desperately want more of them in the future of the MCU. I don’t care what direction they take with them, I just wanna see them again. I appreciated the use of practical make-up for them, and I really dug Talos’ aussie accent. If I had to come up with an accent for a Skrull leader, I wouldn’t have thought of giving him such a voice, but I’m glad they did because it’s great. I have no issues with the supporting cast either, other than perhaps I’d have liked to have seen more, but there’s only so much you can fit into a debut film, when the hero is the focal point. What I will say is that it was nice revisiting the Kree and fleshing out their portion of the MCU.
Finishing up, I can’t wait to watch Captain Marvel again. The score, the aesthetics, the characters, and the references to the wider franchise (subtle and on the nose) were contributing factors to my enjoyment, but Captain Marvel as a hero is a why this movie succeeds. Well done Brie! Another fine addition to the MCU, and I can’t wait to see what she brings to the table for Endgame! If you’re not scared about a female being the lead role in a superhero movie, then you should enjoy it also.