The final Marvel movie before Avengers: Endgame. Does Captain Marvel live up to the Marvel Standard? Is it good? Is it necessary to see for Endgame? Does the movie hate men? The answers to these are Yes, kind of, probably, and no you massive twat.
The controversy around this movie is incredibly stupid. Brie Larson simply stated she wanted diversity at the press junkets, and the whiny man babies kicked up a big dust storm and tried unsuccessfully to get the movie to tank. The review bombed it, tried to boycott, yet it is still on track to be among the more profitable Marvel movies.
With that nonsense out of the way, let’s talk about the actual movie. I liked it. I didnt love it, but I enjoyed watching it and do not regret buying the ticket. If I were to rank it amongst the other Marvel Movies, I would say it is top 10. Better than the likes of Thor and Iron Man 2, but below Guardians 2.
Let’s start with what I liked. Brie Larson and Samuel L Jackson had an easy chemistry that helped carry the movie. They worked off each other really well comedically. The humor, in general, worked pretty well. It isn’t as funny as Spider-Man Homecoming or Thor Ragnarok, but I don’t think it tried to be that funny. The humor accented the film, but it was not fully a comedy.
The production design was pretty good. The made everything look like it as in the ’90s but didnt have to be too heavy-handed about it. I had heard some complaints that the 90’s references were way too much, but I did not find it that way. They were definitely present, but I did not feel like I was being slapped in the face with them the same way Ready Player One does with ’80s references.
The story was fine. Nothing spectacular, but it worked. We have seen the story of a character who has some form on amnesia and has to figure out who they are while dealing with the threat of the movie before, but it fits the movie, so I was fine with it.
There were some problems I had though. Similar to Captain America The First Avenger, I feel like they didnt do enough to develop the main character, in this case, Carol Danvers, as a person. Her personality is kind of one dimensional the same way Cap was to start. She spends so much of the movie trying to discover who she was, we don’t really get to see who she is. The one defining feature is her determination and willpower, how in the face of doubt, she always keeps trying. But that does not a character make.
Like Cap, she was a bit too flawless, with every trait we see being positive, and her never hitting any speed bumps or having to overcome anything. She is way more powerful than any enemy she faces, so a physical challenge was out of the question, and the few emotional challenges she faces get hurdled far too quickly. Hopefully, in the sequel, she will get explored as a character more the same way Cap was in his sequel.
The movie also has an issue with tone. Sometimes it tries to be important, but then also tries to be silly and loose. The combo can work, but the execution doesn’t always work. For instance, in a big fight at the end, the Song”Just a Girl” by No Doubt starts playing. It is a funny choice, but it takes away any weight the scene. It makes it a funny scene instead of an important scene. But it feels like the movie was trying to make it feel important, with her trying to prove her doubters wrong. The combo didnt work for me.
The scenes on the Kree Homeworld didnt work for me, and I didnt really get invested until she got to Earth. Because whereas I praised the set design of ’90s Earth, the Kree World design was a turnoff. Nothing felt or looked real. It felt like a scene on Coruscant from the Star Wars prequels.
But again, overall, I enjoyed it. It was a solid introduction to the character. Once the movie got to Earth it never felt like it was dragging. I was invested in the plot even if it never felt like there was ever any obstacles Carol was not capable of overcoming, and it was funny. I look forward to seeing her in Avengers, and to seeing the sequel.