The highly anticipated “Captain Marvel” has phenomenal actors and some of the best writing of any movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But a muddled plot and a weak third act brings the movie down from one of the best in the MCU to just great.
This is Captain Marvel’s first outing in the MCU, and the first time she’s ever had a movie. While a popular comic book character and video game character, this is the beginning of her cinematic career.
The MCU is known for fantastic movies, so it’s funny to even say that a movie isn’t phenomenal, but instead only great, this being one of them — but, with the high precedent the MCU has set, it’s jarring to see Marvel make mistakes they don’t tend to make.
Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson as as Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel's true identity, and Nick Fury are fantastic. The chemistry between these two is insane, and by the end, it feels like a buddy cop movie. These two get along so well, and I can only hope for more screen time with the two in future installments.
Fans who were worried by the trailers don’t need to worry about Larson’s performance as Carol Danvers. The trailers did a horrible job of showcasing how great Larson is as Captain Marvel — she isn’t a stoic hero with bad line delivery, but hilarious, emotional and overall one of the best actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Emotion is one of Larson’s best traits as a hero. Danvers doesn’t have much of a memory and can only remember brief things up to around six years ago. She doesn't have a full grasp of her powers and her emotions seem to overpower them.
Danvers’ character growth is one of the best in the MCU. Watching her grow alongside Fury is fantastic, and both actors shine by showing how greatly they can perform a character who truly has to relearn everything they thought they knew.
The plot revolves around Captain Marvel, a Kree from the planet Hala, landing on Earth after a failed attack on the Skrulls — aliens that can shapeshift into anything they see. As soon as she lands on Earth, the tone of the movie drastically changes from space warfare to a somewhat cheesy ‘90s aesthetic.
The whole movie revolves around a '90s aesthetic, which was milked a bit too much. From landing in a Blockbuster, seeing a Radioshack, wearing a Nine Inch Nails shirt, playing Nirvana, jokes about slow technology and more, what starts off as funny tends to become a drag.
The action scenes are gorgeous. Captain Marvel’s glowing photon blasts and flight are absolutely stunning. But, they also start to drag once Captain Marvel discovers how powerful she is. It’s no shock to fans of the comics, but Captain Marvel is a little too strong. She really does not have a weakness, which makes the final confrontations have no stakes at all.
The final showdown is way too muddled. A side-villain appears out of nowhere, only to be dealt with in roughly five minutes. They have absolutely no point in the movie and didn’t even need to be mentioned.
“Captain Marvel” is the final movie leading up to “Avengers: Endgame,” so be sure to stick around for those post-credits scenes. They are a thrill.