Movie Review: Captain Marvel

I went into this movie with high expectations since Captain Marvel has been such a beloved comic superhero and we all pretty much knew that she would play a big role in Endgame so the hype for me was real. There were also some controversies regarding Brie Larson. But I was still looking forward to it. And boy, was I disappointed.

This film is set during the 1990’s and tells the story of Carol Denver’s discovering who she really is. This film is one of the most disappointing comic book films. I don’t exactly hate this film, it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Let’s talk about the things that I liked. I love how they made a tribute to Stan Lee at the beginning of the film with the Marvel Studios logo. That should be the official logo now. Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson have great chemistry with each other, and seemed to work well. Their relationship as Danvers and Fury worked well. The film has amazing visuals, as always. The CGI for Fury and Colusons de aging was perfect. I couldn’t tell it was CGI, I thought it was all makeup all along. The space visuals were very good as always. The action sequences were good for the most part, although it could’ve been much better crafted. I liked Samuel L. Jackson in this film as a Young Nick Fury. He was more energetic and rookier than his current character. Every scene with him was a blast. I thought the actors did a good job, except unfortunately Brie Larson, which I’ll get to quickly.

Now let’s talk about the bad stuff. Without going into spoilers, one of the biggest problems I have with this film is the characterization of Captain Marvel herself. Her character doesn’t have a strong arc and from the beginning to the end of the film. The character does not go through any sort of meaningful change or development. She already calls herself a noble warrior hero early on in the film, and by the end of the movie (drum roll) she saves some people! The story wasn’t the most engaging, it didn’t appeal with the audience as well as it should’ve. It also left little time for the audience to get to know who Captain Marvel was. Brie Larson honestly didn’t do a good job. I like Brie Larson, but this isn’t her best role. Let’s face it, may it be because of the script or the directing. She was too wooden and I felt zero connection to her character. Not to mention her build was a bit rough and to be honest, she looked like a normal woman in a Halloween costume rather than a strong super heroine lead. The dialogue wasn’t the best either, especially during the first act. The film could’ve been a whole lot better if the directing style was changed. Sequences would’ve been more thrilling, the acting much better, and the emotion that the film was trying to portray would’ve been more impacting. The pacing of the first act was very slow. While some scenes were enjoyable to watch, and the humor was good, it felt boring and didn’t interest me. Part of this, I think is due with the release of Avengers: Endgame which is next Friday as I’m making this review. Everyone is hyped for that film, hence why this one is falling.

Overall, Captain Marvel is just okay, not good, not bad, just okay. Definitely one of the weakest films in the MCU. It would’ve been fine if this was released the same time at Phase One or at the end of Phase Two. But with the universe at stake for Endgame, this film couldn’t help but feel like a rushed entry to introduce an overpowered character with little emotional attachment.

Score: 6/10