Movies for Breakfast CAPTAIN MARVEL Review

by

It’s finally Captain Marvels turn to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it feels a little late.

Synopsis

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Review

The latest movie to release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Captain Marvel. Written and directed by the duo of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The film is the first official appearance of Captain Marvel into the Marvel Cinematic Universe before her appear in Avengers Endgame where she joined the rest of the Avengers. The film introduces several new cast members to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence and Mar-Vell. Also joining them are Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, and Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson.

Captain Marvel acts as a prequel to all the marvel movies except for Captain America The First Avengers, taking place in the 90’s. Carol going by the name Vers is a member of the Kree and has no recollection of her past, suffering from amnesia. As a Kree soldier she goes on a mission to gather an undercover operative, but in the process is captured by the Skrull. Carol manages to escape the Skrull and lands on Earth where she runs into a young Nick Fury, who is confused by the thought of extraterrestrial life until he runs into a Skrull posing as his partner Agent Coulson. Knowing that Carol is telling the truth the two set off to find out why the Skrull are on Earth, while also uncovering secrets from Carols past and who she actually is.

The biggest problem with Captain Marvel is it feels like a movie from phase one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As an origin story to Carol Danvers, the plot is interesting but it keeps taking these weird breaks for exposition. A problem a lot of the earlier Marvel films had such as Captain America, Thor, and even The Avengers. With Captain Marvel though it is taken up to a new level, as every time something happens the movie seems to pause itself to explain what is going on, as if it believes its viewers will be unable to follow along with the movie. It plays itself too safe, and as a result, the pacing takes a huge hit. Another major problem is Carol Danvers herself, which is odd that the main character is one of the worst things about the film. When people think of Carol Danvers from the comics, they think of a brave, courageous, and overall optimistic and leading person. Basically the same personality of Steve Rogers aka Captain America, except with space powers more or less. In Captain America though Carol just seems annoyed and brash at all times. Like she cant’ be bothered by what is going on around her, and acts more impulsively and reflectively by whats going on. This kind of character is just boring as she just seems to be along for the ride. Whether this is a part of Brie Larsons take on the character, or a direction the movie intended for the character is unclear, but either way this is a huge downer of the film.

The villain Talos on the other hand and the Skrull in general are probably the best part of the film. Though Talos isn’t like his comic counterpart, it is a welcome change in this movie as he is a fun character. He is able to take the form of other people, and with a deadpan tone is able to deliver some great jokes. One of the best parts of the film are when he is talking with Nick Fury and Fury asks him what he can turn into, and the deadpan responses to Fury’s suggestions are perfect. Talos isn’t a wise cracking villain, but he does have a bit of a light side, almost like Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy where he isn’t meaning to tell jokes, but his delivery is perfect. Getting to see a younger Nick Fury who is still a newer member of Shield is also nice. Seeing him actually have fun with a job and not have to be completely serious about everything shows a little bit of development for how working at Shield changed him as time went on. The side cast as a whole are pretty good characters in this film, and bring the film to a better light than Carol herself.


Closing Thoughts

Captain Marvel has a lot of problems, and while not a bad movie, it is just an ok movie as a result. The movie has an ok plot, but it suffers most from the pacing issues, and with an uninteresting lead character at the front of every scene there are a lot of dead points in the film where it feels like nothing is happening. The film could probably be trimmed down to an hour and twenty minutes and nothing would be lost. Luckily for the film though all the other characters around Carol keep this movie afloat, and are the best parts of this movie, especially the main villain Talos. If doing a rewatch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe I have to label this movie as a pass, and especially if doing a bare minimum view of the Marvel Cinematic Universe stay away from this movie.