The Captain Arrives

Review of the new Captain Marvel movie.

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The Captain Arrives

Captain Marvel in Kree uniform.

Captain Marvel in Kree uniform.

Marvel Studios

Captain Marvel in Kree uniform.

Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios

Captain Marvel in Kree uniform.

Caleb Hignite

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(SPOILERS for Captain Marvel)

Captain Marvel is the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and with being one of the followups to the draw dropping Avengers: Infinity War, and being our first introduction to one of the universes most powerful heroes, it carries some pretty high expectations. With some disappointment, Carol Danvers’ first solo outing sadly does not deliver as many wanted.

First off, being the first MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) film after the tragic death of the much beloved, Stan Lee, the inclusion of a homage in the form of Stan Lee styled opening credits was a heartbreaking and truly touching inclusion. He is so greatly missed.

One of the most worrisome aspects leading up to the release of Captain Marvel was the performance of Brie Larson as the title character. The purpose of this movie is to introduce this character to audiences before the much anticipated Avengers: Endgame where she is promised to play a major role from then on in the MCU and to, more importantly, have us like her. When partnered with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury she does rather well, but when put by herself, the performance can often feel stale and lacking. The character feels oddly inconsistent and definitely does not earn the role of leading the Avengers as we have heard she will do moving forward. With Avengers: Endgame right around the corner, however, she is sure to grow as a character.

The background characters are, for the most part, very good. The stands outs are Nick Fury and the Skrull captain Talos played by Ben Mendelsohn. Both are very funny, with Talos being a surprise in particular. Goose the Cat (formerly called Chewie in the comics), while not the major show stopper many describe him as, is a welcomed addition and very entertaining to see on screen. Maria Rambeau, played by Lashana Lynch, even has some standout dramatic moments and while the friendship between her and Carol Danvers can feel a bit forced it is often interesting to watch.

The cinematography was often gorgeous and added a lot to the overall feel of the film. There are many clever uses of camera angles and techniques mixed with often well-done CGI. Most of the action sequences are jarring in the way they are shot, with wild and shaky camera movements making it hard to follow and understand the action. An abundance of 90’s pop culture references at times can bog down the film, with odd music choices making the worst impact. An example would be the song “Just a Girl” by No Doubt being played over the ending action sequence just is not fitting and feels more like a Guardians of the Galaxy parody than anything.

The story and plot were at times underwhelming as well. The plot for the most part often seems predictable which can be the downfall of many MCU movies. The Skrulls were used in a different way than the majority of their comic counterparts are usually. The twist of these Skrulls being peaceful is not as exciting as the possibility of a “Secret Invasion” story line would’ve been but doesn’t cancel out the possibility of one. The plot does hold some pretty odd inconsistencies with other Marvel movies which is most likely due to the freedom granted to directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck by Marvel.

The reveal of how Nick Fury lost his eye is certainly worth its own paragraph as it is so monumentally stupid and retrospectively harmful to the character of Nick Fury for a joke that barely even lands. For those who don’t know, Nick Fury, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., and creator of The Avengers loses his eye to a “cat” (actually an alien that looks like a cat) because he tried to pet it too much. This joke sadly screws with several lines from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the characterization of Nick Fury.

In the end, Captain Marvel is by no means a terrible movie and even rates on the better side of Marvel movies, but by no means is it a marvel to watch. Reactions seem to be split down the middle for this MCU outing and rightfully so. A lot of material in it seems to be subject to taste and how they are perceived like much of art is. Despite their flaws, Marvel movies always seem to come out at the very least, entertaining, and for the most part, this newest installment is. 

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