**WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST INCLUDES SPOILERS FOR CAPTAIN MARVEL. IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE AND YOU WANT TO REMAIN SPOILER FREE, STOP READING NOW.**
A week after Captain Marvel arrived in UK cinemas, I have FINALLY watched the movie. Yeah, I know I’m late to the party but I’ve been very busy with Liverpool Comic Con, watching episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series and… well, just life stuff.
Anyway, for those who haven’t watched Captain Marvel and know very little about this movie, this is the 21st entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first female-led film from Marvel Studios. Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers and tells the origin of Marvel’s latest hero.
Here’s the trailer…
OK, time to talk about the movie.
Captain Marvel… I liked it.
I didn’t love it.
In fact, I’d say that Captain Marvel is one of my least favourite Marvel Studios movies so far. That’s not me saying it’s a bad film, I’m simply saying it didn’t grab me the way that I hoped it would.
I wanted to walk out of the cinema feeling excited and enthused by what I had just watched. Instead, I walked out, shrugged my shoulders and thought, ‘yeah, it was alright’.
Captain Marvel felt like a film I had seen countless times before, and not because it followed the usual Marvel formula, but because it was all rather generic. The action, the drama, the comedy – it was all there, it just wasn’t doing anything new.
The film played out by the numbers, never really offering up any surprises and never taking any risks. The script simply wasn’t complex enough to offer originality and the direction didn’t push the envelope to take this movie on a new path.
This is a criticism that could be applied to other entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s not exclusive to Captain Marvel, but that doesn’t excuse the fact something felt off.
Ant-Man (2015) managed to take the heist genre and turn it into a wacky size-changing comedy. Doctor Strange (2016) turned a fairly slow story into something mesmerising through state-of-the-art special effects. What did Captain Marvel do?
This film felt pretty pedestrian. It also felt a little like a wasted opportunity.
The movie deals with shape-shifting aliens called the Skrulls, who can look like anyone. This allows for an intriguing and complex narrative, where NO ONE can be trusted.
Did Captain Marvel push this idea to its fullest?
Not really, no. After some initial face-swapping antics, the ‘enemy amongst us’ idea was quietly abandoned and switched for another ‘enemy amongst us’ plot line – one where *gasp* Jude Law turned out to be the bad guy!
Yeah – that was pretty obvious from the start. Short of having a moustache to twirl, Law had ‘secret bad guy’ written all over him. If Captain Marvel was a Green Lantern movie, Law would have been playing the role of Sinestro.
Where was the suspense?
I really hope he doesn’t return in a future movie.
OK, so enough with the negatives. Let me discuss some positives.
I loved the cast.
Brie Larson is a great Captain Marvel. She owned the role!
I can’t wait to see what she gets to do in Avengers: Endgame. I genuinely feel like given the right opportunity, Larson can do amazing things with this part.
When she was allowed to let loose during the final act of Captain Marvel, demonstrating her fighting prowess to the backdrop of No Doubt’s ‘Just a Girl‘, I could see a hint of what could be. More of this please!
Another positive – those amazing de-ageing techniques that gave Nick Fury a 25-year makeover. Samuel L. Jackson has never looked so good – and neither has the technology used to de-age him.
We’ve seen this kind of tech used before, but never has it been this good. The potential is now limitless.
Perhaps this is what makes Captain Marvel standout. Maybe this is the movie’s ‘thing’.
I also liked the connections to the wider MCU. The Tesseract, Coulson, the beeper, that Avenger-related end credit scene – all of these little inclusions helped to flesh out Captain Marvel’s connection to the Marvel universe. Great stuff!
Overall, I liked parts of Captain Marvel, I just wasn’t all that enamoured with it. This was a movie that held back a little too much for my liking and it’s a shame.
Perfectly serviceable, just not up there with the best Marvel Studios movies.