Captain Marvel is the 21st film in the extremely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first one led by a female character. The film takes place in 1995 and stars Brie Larson, Sam Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch and more. There was a lot of controversy surrounding this film due to mixed trailer reactions and other reasons we won’t get into. I was still excited because I’m a huge fan of the MCU and overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
Like most MCU movies, this film is packed with several hilarious moments. A lot of them come from interactions between Nick Fury and Carol Danvers. The dialogue for their scenes was mostly well-written and the two actors had great chemistry. It was great to see Nick Fury in the 90s and obviously, Sam Jackson was great.
The one thing I wanted the most from this movie was that I would walk out of the movie loving Carol Danvers as a character. Thankfully, I thought the character had a good arc and Brie Larson did a great job in the role. She managed to pull off the action sequences and nail a lot of the emotional moments in the film. One of the scenes that stood out to me and made me like the character was the scene with Monica Rambeau. It was small character moments like those that made Captain Marvel work as well as it did.
And that’s what made it stand out from other MCU movies in my opinion. As much as I love the franchise, a lot of the movies are predictable and choose action and comedy over dramatic interactions between characters. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised that Captain Marvel is a lot less action heavy and had tons of surprising twists. Moreover, at no point did I feel like a stupid joke undermined emotional moments like it did with some of Ragnarok and Guardians 2.
In addition, the cinematography and score/soundtrack was a lot better than most MCU movies. They’ve definitely been getting a lot better and Captain Marvel continues to be improving in this department. Despite some mediocre visual effects in the final act, the film mostly looks great and the score and soundtrack was awesome and helped bring a sense of energy. However, there were a couple of points where I felt that it didn’t work with what was happening on screen.
I was also pretty disappointed with the action after the movie. A lot of them were poorly edited and had way too many cuts. The lighting for these scenes was also pretty bad. This was definitely a director problem and if they come back for the sequel, this is one of the skills they certainly have to improve.
One of my favourite aspects was the relationship between Carol and Maria Rambeau. Their relationship provided a lot of the heart for the movie and Brie Larson also had good chemistry with Lashana Lynch. I really hope we get to see even more of the character in the inevitable sequel.
Another arc that was executed really well was the one with Talos and the Skrulls. I did not expect to love the character as much as I did. Ben Mendelsohn killed it and might have been the best part of the movie. He had a ton of range and one of the best moments in the final act.
Similarly, Goose the cat stole a lot of the scenes she was in. Even though I had some issues with her scenes, a lot of them were hilarious and I can’t wait to see more of the cat.
Some aspects of the film I wish they fleshed out more is Starforce and Coulson. Most of the Starforce is extremely one note and I wish we got to see more of their interactions. I loved the Star Wars vibe that I got from them in the opening scene through the tech and sound design. Hopefully, Disney takes advantage of their streaming service and makes a mini-series. Coulson also felt like he served no real purpose in the film and was put in there for the sake of fan service. Same applies to Ronan. I don’t think either of them had more than three scenes.
Although most of the film doesn’t suffer from the ‘prequel problem’ of explaining things I didn’t want to know, it got really bad towards the end. There are two moments in the movie that I absolutely hated. After sitting on it for a bit, I think I might have disliked one of them even more than the Han Solo name reveal.
And of course, I can’t talk about a Marvel movie without touching upon the post credit scene. The first one might just be one of the better ones in the Cinematic Universe. On the other hand, the second one was pretty irrelevant and sounds a lot funnier on paper in my opinion. Marvel Studios did something pretty cool with the opening credits that I won’t spoil if you don’t know what it is. I’ll just say that the entire theater applauded during the sequence. The Stan Lee cameo was also great.
At the end of the day, Captain Marvel is a flawed but extremely fun MCU movie that is probably in my top 10. It had a great protagonist and a good supporting cast. I can’t wait to see Carol Danvers in Endgame.