Captain marvel, the latest from the giant MCU movie machine, has been placed at the center most of the cinematic universe. Together with Antman and the wasp, the movie is in middle of two of the most instrumental and monumental films in the whole universe. While the former set itself as an inclusive story without much callbacks to the universe, captain marvel is supposed to introduce us to the character that is key to stopping-or reversing depending on which fan theory you support- the threat that is Thanos. So does it deliver?
"What happens when I'm finally set free?" a rhetorical question that pretty much sums up the story. Marvel has had its fair share of origin story, and following the footsteps of Black Panther, this is an origin that doesn’t start at the beginning. We meet a powered amnesiac Danvers training to join “noble warrior heroes” the Kree and the story progress as she finds her past while building herself to be the future. Moreover, Captain Marvel is the MCU's first solo superhero movie with a female lead; the studio had to go big. It also had to provide an allegory for why women heroes had been held back for so long and the notion is slyly reinforced again and again throughout Danvers life. The whole film is one very long day, and a bit of night, giving you a hint of how much the character develops in a short time.
Brie Larson was the hero of the movie and though she delivered as was supposed to, she seemed rather off, not really owning the character on screen. However, the banter and chemistry between Larson and Jackson are some of the best parts of Captain Marvel. Samuel L. Jackson is the obvious shining star in the movie, with marvel team’s magical combination of CGI and make-up that turned him into a believably younger man. Jackson imbued his portrayal of Nick Fury with chipper, good-cop energy. Larson and Jackson share the screen for a few lengthy, entertaining sequences, each egging the other on for equal parts humor and action giving off an organic on-screen chemistry.
The directing duo of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar), off a script by Boden, Fleck, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider) carry the film in a different direction that a normal origin without much pander to the audience. Right off the bat, they expect the audience to have prior marvel history and references which helps them squeeze all the movie in the short in time. The vfx and CGI are amazing, as we have come to expect but action scenes simply don't reach the same surprising heights. There are great earth and space scenery, great costume and makeup and the production sets are amazing, but the action gives you the ‘been there saw that’ feeling. Coming after Antman and the wasp and infinity war, the action sequence were not as ‘outside the box’.
The biggest criticism I had with the film was the villains. The Skulls were fun villains, and relatively unique compared to other Marvel villains, but they weren't really given any character. As for the ‘other’ villain(s) they also had their moment at our heroine, but it was clear from the beginning none of them were even close to being formidable foes. She is supposed to be the most powerful hero leading to endgame but didn’t have the chance to really show how powerful. The writers and the directors haven't actually figured out who Danvers truly is, why she's worth rooting for, and what sets her apart from other Avengers.
The film is a fun time, a worthy watch. It does feel more like a phase one film rather than the 21st marvel studio movie but that shouldn’t stop you from going and seeing it (you know you would see iron man 1 more than once). Goose the cat is a delight, how fury lost his eye is a fright and the movie pays tribute to Stan lee quite right.
PS, there are 2 credit scenes, and the middle one will leave you wishing the month of March didn’t exist.
Till next time,
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By NAICCON on Mar 9, 2019