March 06, 2019

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Captain Marvel is in theaters on March 8th, 2019.

For those of you that don’t know, I am a gigantic superhero and Marvel film fan. I tend to scrutinize these movies a little more than usual, especially with Marvel, because they have made many incredible films and I have higher standards for the movies than most. This review will contain no spoilers whatsoever, but definitely go see this film on the biggest screen you can find!

Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a super-powered Kree warrior that has lost the memory of most of her life. With films like these, it is very difficult for filmmakers to walk a line of coherency. Chronologically telling a story in the present, while a character is attempting to also learn their past. The directors struggle to walk this line, finding strange ways to show the audience the obvious past of Carol, while she can’t seem to put the pieces together. It’s frustrating to follow a character so clueless, yet so powerful.

Captain Marvel’s script is relatively weak, or should I say bland. Brie Larson tries her best with what she is given but she sadly comes across as wooden. I am hopeful that with different direction and material, such as in Avengers: Endgame, her character will shine more, but I am skeptical of if Larson was the correct choice for the character. Trying to connect to a character that has very little emotion due to her amnesia is incredibly difficult for the audience. In cases like these, the charm of the character is what wins over the audience, which Carol Danvers struggles to offer. During the second act, the buddy-cop vibe between Carol and young Nick Fury is great, but that gets left behind when Carol meets her old best friend, which lacks the emotion that is to be expected.

Skrulls, the shape-shifting villains of the film, have a lot of potential but their powers seem underutilized. More mystery could have been used throughout the film, but instead their powers tend to be used sparingly, as their alien forms are shown for most of their screen time. This could be more of a nitpick, because when their powers are used, it works incredibly well. I WANTED MORE!

Overall, the one word review I have for Captain Marvel is “underwhelming”. The film has a lot of heart, a ton of action, and does great things to show audiences that women can be badass superheroes too, but the script wasn’t there, and the title characters performance wasn’t as charming as it didn’t to be. I highly recommend seeing the movie yourself to come up with your own opinion, but I thought the movie could have been much better.

Rating: 3.7 out of 5

LoganLogan (Contributor) is a Texas native and a massive fan of all genres of film. You can find him talking about movies on YouTube as half of the CraZCouple or in line for the latest Star Wars/Comic Book film.
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