Overview: Vers (Brie Larson), a member of an alien race known as the Kree is having nightmares involving an older human woman from her past. It seems as if Vers has lived multiple lives across different timelines and is having issues knowing what is real. In order to compose her mind and abilities, Ver’s mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) willingly trains her to become a powerful warrior for Starforce. Unexpectedly, an accidental bypass to planet Earth places Vers in an intergalactic battle between the Kree, and a shapeshifting alien race know as the Skrulls. Vers must now harness her abilities to bring stability to the galaxy.
Captain Marvel is rated PG-13 for sequences of scI-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language
What Worked: First of all, how cool is it to finally have a leading lady in her own Marvel movie? Awesome is the answer. Larson is beautiful, displays some great comedic timing, and gives us the believable vibe of a woman with many questions about her past. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) return and are seasoned veterans in these movies at this point. They add great action and comedy to the film. One of my favorite characters of the movie was the villain Ben Mendelsohn as Skrull leader Talos. He provided some of the best scenes of the movie and the Skrull makeup looked amazing. Other supporting actors like Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch and Lee Pace add to the great cast. I was curious given the time period on what direction the movie would take in terms of music and thankfully it didn’t disappoint. Captain Marvel posts the best Comic-book soundtrack we’ve seen since Black Panther. Music, clothing and overall 90’s nostalgia are packed into the movie from beginning to end and give it a great overall vibe. In terms of Musical score, Pinar Toprak’s is good but missing the spice of an Avengers or Black Panther. The actions scenes were choreographed phenomenally and all actors made us believe that we were seeing a real space opus in front of us. Lastly, the movie’s special effects were unbelievable. This is especially evident when we finally get to see our main lead fully embrace her powers. Captain Marvels cute cat Goose is worth the price of admission alone!
What Didn’t Work: All in all, Captain Marvel is a very well rounded movie. My only minor complaints involve some of Brie Larson’s dialogue delivery during some dramatic scenes and the movie’s pacing. There were some scenes that she performed admirably, however there were others where it felt like she was delivering lines that were being written on the fly. In terms of plot, the movie’s first act was like a Walmart on Black Wednesday. Packed with way too much information and characters being thrown at the audience very rapidly. It does slow down once the movie gets rolling but I wouldn’t be surprised if some negative reviews are due to difficulty following along with the movie’s introduction.
Overall: Given the quality of work that Marvel has been releasing lately, I had high expectations for Captain Marvel and thankfully I left the theatre satisfied. Although the superhero genre is beyond overplayed at this point it is nice to see the company stick to what works and give us a fun ride of a movie. I do feel that Brie Larson could have been more consistent with her dialogue delivery, but overall she did a great job. With an experienced supporting cast, great action and phenomenal special effects Captain Marvel is a perfect Segway into the potential final chapter of this current run of Marvel movies. Stay after the credits for a nice scene tying everything together and preparing us for Avengers: Endgame.