Written by Shiggins
Well, it only took 21 films but the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally put a female superhero in the lead. The closest we had prior to this was Ant-Man and the Wasp, but the Wasp still had to share the spotlight, so it's at least a nice change of pace. But more importantly, does Captain Marvel work as a strong movie that can stand alongside the others?
|Even aliens need to wear 'Murica colours.|
So we have another origin story in the MCU. Another story where a character must learn something and change in some way so they can become the titular hero, then join the Avengers. We've had this type of story 8 times now, 9 if we include Captain Marvel. And that's not even beginning to mention all the DC movies, the Sony movies and the Fox movies that have brought out their own origin films in the past ten years. So to be honest, it's becoming a little boring. It's necessary, especially for a more recent character like this incarnation of Captain Marvel, but it does stifle the film at times. We're very familiar with some of these patterns and decisions by now, and this makes Captain Marvel feel like a film that would be 9/10 if it was released in Phase 1.
|Probably the closest to Star Trek we'll ever see in the MCU.|
For the most part, the performances are strong. Samuel L Jackson is a charming man in almost everything, so you know you're going to have fun with him. Ben Mendelsohn has quickly become one of my favourite villain actors in recent years, so his Talos performance is as great as you'd expect, with the right balance between comedy and emotion. Jude Law as Vers' mentor Yon-Rogg is good, if underused. And sadly, both Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou barely show up enough for me to appreciate. Seriously, can the MCU just resurrect these two characters please? It's not comics without a dead guy coming back!
|They actually got the mohawk in there! That's so hot!|
I want to talk about the visuals, since I think they're really worth mentioning with this film. In quite a few instances, the visual design feels uninspired, which is surprising considering how bright and colourful the MCU's other sci-fi films, Thor Ragnarok and the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, are. A lot of dark or dreary settings, and the masterfully-recreated 90s is just not a fun, wild place visually, unlike the 70s or 80s. That being said, Captain Marvel's Super Saiyan form is gorgeous to watch (although that helmet design...), a lot of the action is brutal, albeit dragged down somewhat by the usual fast editing and camera work, and the way they de-aged Samuel L Jackson is stunning. Whoever was in charge of Fury's face deserves an award.
|The decision behind Fury's eye however... that's dividing me.|
Captain Marvel is another win for the MCU, but probably won't be considered as such due to the films surrounding it and that it's another origin movie. Definitely go see it, have a laugh, and don't load your rifles just because it isn't as good as many other MCU movies (seriously, we're at 21 now! They can't all be amazing) or whatever other reason. Not the best, not the worst, but still a decent flick.
Oh, and the Stan Lee stuff? Genius!
Movie Rating: 7.5/10
Best Performance: Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury.
Best Part: Vers and Fury banter.
Worst Part: Dull space environments.
|"Is the cat a scene-stealer?" Of course it is! It's a CAT!|
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