MOVIE THEATER REVIEW: Last night, I saw “Captain Marvel,” which stars Brie Larson (Room, Short Term 12), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight, Incredibles 2), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ready Player One), Jude Law (Black Sea, Hugo), Annette Bening (American Beauty, 20th Century Women), Lashana Lynch (Brotherhood, Fast Girls), Clark Gregg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [TV series], Choke), Rune Temte (Eddie the Eagle, Fortitude [TV series]), Gemma Chan (Mary Queen of Scots, Humans [TV series]), Algenis Perez Soto (Sugar, Samba), Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond), and Akira Akbar (This is Us [TV series], Criminal Minds [TV series]). It is directed by Anna Boden (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Sugar) and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, The Affair [TV series]), who both also wrote the screenplay with Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider , Silver Sable). After falling to earth in an escape from the Skrulls, Vers (Larson) sets out to vanquish the remaining green aliens while awaiting her space force to pick her up. However, she gets sidetracked as she soon discovers that she is from earth, and her name is Carol Danvers.
And we are thrown right back into the MCU with Disney’s latest release of “Captain Marvel,” the story about a jet pilot turned superhero on a quest to vanquish Skrulls… or so she thought. Did I have high hopes for this? No. Was I dying to see it? No. Was it great? No. Much like “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” this flick comes off as abysmal, if anything. The writing is basic, as are the characters. If you wanted something daring, bold, and epic, seek it elsewhere. You’ve seen this story a thousand times, but the sad part is “Captain Marvel” does little to make it its own. Carol Danvers is supposed to be a hero we can look up to and feel for, however her story is like everyone else’s. She’s confused as to what side she is fighting for, and most of the movie is spent with her discovering who she is, much like the “Bourne” franchise. Only this time, everything is predictable. I think at this point, if it hasn’t been noticed already, the MCU has become episodic. It’s hard for any of its latest releases to stand on their own two legs, given how much of the universe needs to be worked into it, and while Captain Marvel has a story that should be enough of a solo outing to warrant a single watch, I couldn’t help but feel like I was punching my MCU card in when watching it. As a stand-alone, “Captain Marvel” doesn’t do much to excite. I loved its 90s aesthetic, as well as the de-aging of beloved characters like Nick Fury (Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Gregg) (quite honestly the best work done to this was its VFX), but outside of that there isn’t much to adore. The performances range from bad to alright, with the best acting coming from Samuel L. Jackson and Jude Law. Honestly, I like Law as an actor in general, so I may be biased towards my view of his performance, because his character was downright one-dimensional. Brie Larson did alright in her role as well, but the character of Captain Marvel didn’t really do it for me as a viewer, and I’m not saying that because she’s a woman and I’m a dude. The story was just weak in general, offering very little room for her character to stretch and really carve development. Using the self-discovery method of a character can only take you so far. It’s not like I was loathing every second of this feature, mind you. It has its moments and can serve as entertainment fluff, but that’s about it. What it does better than “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is that it’s at least competent. There’s some good drama and at least some purpose in certain scenes. However, it fails to amount to much as the story just opens and closes, without the slightest want to be opened again. Also, there’s several nitpicks to be made, but I won’t cover those due to spoilers. Just know I was disappointed over the Skrulls and back story to a certain aspect of Nick Fury towards the end. That is all. FINAL SCORE: 68%= Burnt Popcorn
Here is the trailer: