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Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU's latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise's signature formula.
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The problem is with the corporate anticulture that controls these productions-and the fandom-targeted demagogy that they're made to fulfill-which responsible casting can't overcome alone.
Lacking the wit and graphic oomph that sometimes rescues the Marvel franchise from terminal fatigue, "Captain Marvel" is yet another origin story for yet another superhero.
The film may be about women breaking their shackles, but the lead actress feels kept in check for much of the picture. Humor winds up being provided by Samuel Jackson's Nick Fury, heart by Lashana Lynch's Maria Rambeau, and pathos by...well, it ain't Larson
Does it work? The short answer is: yes. There's enough to keep both diehard Marvel fans and newcomers engaged.
Superhero cinema has lectured us, ad infinitum, on the responsibility that is conferred by extraordinary gifts. Praise be to Larson, for reminding us that they can be bringers of fun.
Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is a formidable force and a welcome addition to the MCU.
The film stands only as one more step to Endgame and nothing more. [Full Review in Spanish]
Captain Marvel almost has it all: excitement, wit, plot twists, multi-faceted villains and stunning visual effects. What it doesn't have is the gravitas of a Wonder Woman.
Ignore those imbecilic MRAs, frightened fanboys, and all other insecure man-babies shellacked in misogyny: The truth is that this film is reams of fun and, significantly, no different in quality from past solo superhero flicks produced by Marvel.
It's a film that aims to show-off its girl power, and does so with mixed results.
Brie Larson seems oddly detached from the proceedings.
Captain Marvel is an unremarkable, passable time killer...[Brie] Larson's performance is wooden...while the film's big action scenes are so lacking in imagination the screen often looks as though it's being continually doused in technicolour vomit.
Wonder Woman may have beaten her to the punch but Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, deserves her own share of headlines as the first woman to have her own starring vehicle in the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Her presence was first teased in the post-credit scene of Infinity War. After twenty-one films, Captain Marvel gets squeezed into the penultimate chapter before closing the book on the MCU as we know it for a decade, and it feels like a throwback in both good and bad ways.
Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), or âVersâ? as sheâ(TM)s known on the Kree home planet, is part of an elite alien squad of ânoble warrior heroesâ? fighting in a long-running war against another alien race, the shape-shifting Skrulls. Carol Danvers goes back to her home planet of Earth (a.k.a. Planet C-53) in the 1990s to look for a hidden weapon linked to a mentor she canâ(TM)t quite remember, a woman (Annette Bening) from her past life on Earth as an Air Force pilot. Carol Danvers must try and recall who she is with the help of Agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and stay one step ahead from the invading Skrulls.
This definitely feels like a lower-to-mid tier Marvel entry, something more akin to the Phase One years (2008-2012) where the initial franchises were just starting to get a sense of direction and personality. They were also lacking the larger depth of character development, social and political messaging, as well as judicious independence from the overall studio formula that has come to define dozens of superhero blockbusters. Itâ(TM)s not a bad movie, and is fairly entertaining throughout its 124-minute run time, but itâ(TM)s hard not to notice the shortcomings that, frankly, havenâ(TM)t been this transparent in an MCU movie for some years now. I had to think back on a comparable MCU experience and I had to go back to 2015 with Avengers: Age of Ultron or maybe even 2013â(TM)s Thor: The Dark World. In short, Captain Marvel just feels a little less super in many important areas.
This is the first female-lead superhero film in the MCU (sorry Black Widow) and Carol Danvers has been a character in Marvel comics since 1968, and yet the film doesnâ(TM)t put together a compelling case why she is the one getting her big screen moment. The character suffers that wonderfully tired movie trope of the foggy memory, so we have a protagonist trying to discover who she is alongside the audience. This would be a fine starting point for her to essentially reclaim her humanity and her agency as she travels back to good ole C-53 and learns more about her past. Thereâ(TM)s a core of a beginning theme already present there, the nature of what it means to be human, and how it can be viewed as a weakness by n alien species and how it comes to be a strength for her. Maybe thatâ(TM)s too pat but itâ(TM)s a start. The problem is that Carol Danvers isnâ(TM)t seen to be that interesting. Sheâ(TM)s somewhat boring and the presentation feels a tad inauthentic; when sheâ(TM)s quippy it feels forced, and when sheâ(TM)s badass it feels lethargic. Thereâ(TM)s a personal journey that challenges her to assess her preconceived notions of good and evil in an ongoing intergalactic conflict, but itâ(TM)s so impersonal. Even when sheâ(TM)s revisiting with friends and reminiscing (what she can) it doesnâ(TM)t feel like weâ(TM)re getting that much more insight than we had before. Sheâ(TM)s a warrior. Sheâ(TM)s upstanding. She definitely doesnâ(TM)t like men telling her what she can and cannot do. But what else do we know besides her increasingly invincible super powers? What is most important to her that drives her? What are her flaws other than a faulty memory? When she goes full super saiyan it should be celebratory and joyous and instead it feels more weirdly perfunctory.
I love Larson as an actress and have been singing her praises for dramas (Room, Short Term 12) and comedies (21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim) for years, and I kept waiting and waiting to be wowed by her in this role. I was left unfulfilled. Larson is a terrific actress and can be so expressive, resolute, heartbreaking, and inspiring, and I grew frustrated as the movie kept her talents buttoned up for too long. She seems too removed from the action even as itâ(TM)s happening in the moment. Itâ(TM)s not that sheâ(TM)s too serious (âsmile moreâ? chime the denizens of cretinous âmenâ(TM)s rights activistsâ?) because her character should be serious. Itâ(TM)s that she hasnâ(TM)t been given enough depth and interest a hero deserves.
Nate's Grade: B-
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