I’ll be honest. I never really liked Carol Danvers very much in the comics. Her modern version especially is written as condescending and rude to her fellow Avengers. Still, I was open to a movie interpretation to change my mind. I’m happy to say that this movie is far more enjoyable than many of Captain Marvel’s comic adventures. That being said, it is still very much a standard superhero origin movie.
Brie Larson plays the Kree-Human hybrid and does a fine job. She does a sort of mix between Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Evan’s, but never has the charm of either of them. To be fair, she’s working with a really run of the mill superhero script that goes through the obligatory motions, and it feels like one of Marvel’s early phase one movies.
The rest of the supporting cast really shines. Especially Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull leader, Talos. Anything that man is in, is always made more entertaining by his presence. Samuel L Jackson, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law also bring some entertainment value.
I have to think that maybe Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck were not the right choices to direct this movie. This is evident anytime there is an in camera action sequence. The CGI battles all look great, but anytime a hand to hand fight scene happens, extreme shaky cam takes over. I can’t stand when movies do this.
Still, I’m a sucker for the Marvel cosmic realm, which opens up in new interesting ways with this movie, and should set up some interesting things for the inevitable sequels. The first post credits scene was also the best part of the movie for me, and got me more excited than I was for Avengers: Endgame.
Overall, if you’re a fan of the MCU or Carol Danvers, you’re already going to see this. However, you may feel this is just an appetizer for the real event with Endgame.
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