Captain Marvel (2019)

Director/s: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Writer/s: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet (screenplay by), Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve (story by)
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch, Clark Gregg, and more.

Captain Marvel

 

The Intro:
The day has finally arrived where we see who the savior of The Avengers will be. Well, I mean we can assume but… Stay tuned for the “Avengers: End Game” review and we can revisit that statement. But anyway, “Captain Marvel” has officially made contact with silver screens all over the world and we as fans are eager to see this blonde badass.
I will admit, my expectations have been a bit up and down for the film. The trailers have had me feeling skeptical at times because I feel as if they did not do much to deliver the hype but hey, maybe that can be seen as a good thing at times. Regardless, I expect quality from Marvel, as always, and I expect to find value in “Captain Marvel”. But who knows? Maybe this will be the rare dud that I have not seen in quite some time.

IMDB Summary:
“Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.”

The Oberrating:
As Marvel does time and time again. They have delivered another superhero film that hits their entertainment mark. While it is not the most action-packed edge-of-your-seat Iron Man or Captain America, it has a lot of charm and comedy. This is almost even moreso a buddy cop film rather than an action flick. The chemistry between Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson is comedy gold. These two could have single-handedly carried the film but there were so many more moments that contributed to the entertainment of the film like Ben Mendelsohn playing Talos and undoubtedly GOOSE! The cat or……. *scary music plays* FLERKEN! Goose the Flerken is an absolute show stealer. Prepare for this cute little gem.

An introduction film stands as an introduction film. No matter how a writer, director, or producer can spin it, they all almost follow the same formula. It all becomes a matter of how interesting and likeable the character can be. With that said, Brie Larson gives us our first look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. Early receptions from the “Captain Marvel” trailers came through with a resounding response that Larson is boring, dull, and/or plain out bad. While I can recognize this because her delivery (within the trailers) is rather dull or significantly stoic, I reserved my outright judgement until I saw the film. Now with “Captain Marvel” in my mental library, I can finally give a solid statement to Larson’s presentation.
***Minor spoilers in regards to Captain Marvel and her characteristics***
Larson’s Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is a unique individual. Being part Kree and part human, that mixes in an already unique personality. Think Peter Quill “Star-Lord” minus the confidence. On that note, removing the confidence is attributed to a specific reason. Not only is Carol a mixed alien species, events have led her to losing her memory. One can imagine this would create a personality that would not be exactly the most charismatic thing in the world. Think Drax or Gamora. Two characters with personality but lacks a humanistic charisma and mental capacity. Carol Danvers presents this mixed species with memory loss as stoic and confused, yet brave, confident, and sarcastic. Personally, despite recognizing some of the public’s gripes with Larson’s Danvers, I support and applaud the performance. I think what comes next for Larson’s performance is going to be a lot more personable.

The story attached to “Captain Marvel” is both good and a bit of a letdown in ways. On one end, the mystery of “What happened to Carol Danvers” had enough drive and allure to it that it kept me tuned in. Who was this person to her? What was her past? What brought her to her present day self? These questions kept me invested and sitting comfortably for two hours. Yet on the other side, there really was no wild action or fast-paced scenes away from the flight combat and space sequences (which were quite great, by the way). Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are typically in for a crazy action film sporting their favorite super powered characters punching the bad guy into another dimension. While “Captain Marvel” does not feature this all too much, that in no means creates a bad film. Just an investing one in different ways.

The Wrap-Up:
While slammed by trolls or just downright disinterested individuals who felt the need to slam the film on review sites or in person, “Captain Marvel” still comes out on top with record breaking pre-sale results, positive receptions, and overall a fan base that still has its studio’s back. I thoroughly enjoyed “Captain Marvel”. As I said before, Danvers’ mysterious past and the comedic element of the film really keeps me in it. All the characters are wonderful besides a couple that I will address in the “Other Takeaways” segment. A fine film for another introductory story.

Other Takeways:

  • Danvers’ Kree squad is ridiculously under-utilized and wasted. Far too much promotion for such little screen time. And yes, I am salty about my girl Gemma Chan having such a forgettable role.
  • Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva is literally Widowmaker from Overwatch. Change my mind
  • Jude Law did not give me much to support.
  • Ben Mendelsohn is quite possibly my favorite character from this film.
  • For the sake of conversation, between Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” and DC’s “Wonder Woman”. I still give “Wonder Woman” the edge as my favorite but I really enjoyed both films.

Rating: 8/10

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References:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154664/?ref_=nv_sr_1
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154664/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

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