Captain Marvel Review
Captain Marvel Review
March 11, 2019: The cloud of bad pseudo-reviews and legit reviews with lackluster enthusiasm bode ill for the 21st picture in the MCU release schedule. Politics and social-media harping looked like it was trying to sabotage the ability of the Brie Larson starring movie to get judged by an impartial audience.
With a fantastic opening weekend that's above $153 million in the domestic market and somewhere north of $302 million worldwide, all the moaning and complaining seems to have been for naught, the movie is performing like a top tier Marvel film and is built that way. With this kind of opening Larson's character will probably generate sequels and receive substantial presence when integrated into the coming Avengers Endgame movie, and beyond.
In the movie, Larson's character of Carol Danvers has the traditional tragic origin story, but we get to have it shown to us with a series of conflicting and confusing flashbacks, a lot of them literally happening in Danver's head, and we need the whole film to really get all of it put together (as does Larson' character). During all of this the Skrull and Kree war is involving earth and as might be expected, complications ensue.
Samuel Jackson (as Fury) and Larson have chunks of the movie to themselves (that is, once they meet, prior to that it is Jude Law and Larson) and the dialogue is written up to give them witty lines fitted to their delivery style. Elsewhere the dialogue isn't as sharp and that's probably the weakest item of the movie. Accusations in some negative reviews which I read that Larson is supposed to have given a flat performance not involving any emotional variety is in error.
The plot for Captain Marvel works like a machine, moving the story forward, and the heroes have to relocate often as there is a lot of chasing and fleeing going on. The complexities of the tale and the number of characters is handled adroitly so that clarity is maintained, something the Marvel films almost always excel at (and something DC needs to work on). A logical explanation for the power Captain Marvel wields, and what the limits are (and even an explanation for why she doesn't immediately kill everyone she punches) isn't provided, but that's a universal superhero movie problem.
Special effects are mostly first rate in Captain Marvel, though makeup for the Skrulls gets iffy in a few places, especially the children Skrulls who look like they have watermelons for craniums and the child actors sometimes move a bit wobbly because of the weight atop their noggins.
Another complaint I saw was that the soundtrack of the movie was loaded up with too many pop songs operating as triggers for reactions to scenes, but Captain Marvel comes nowhere near pop-song saturation like Guardians of the Gallery (which uses the device to good effect) or as bizarrely as Suicide Squad (where it is overused within the mayhem of that movie's out of control splicing and editing).
Altogether, Captain Marvel is a well done Marvel movie, it smoothly fits within the series, and it introduces a genuinely unique character.
Original Page May 2019