Captain Marvel Reviews - What Did You Think?!

There's a glimpse of Annette Bening holding a gun.

Brie Larson's "Captain Marvel" is already showing off a lot of power at the worldwide box office. Thrilling because she actually went up in a F-16.

In two hours the film weaves its story of personal intrigue with some bruising if sometimes confusing action sequences, and the odd cathartic fist pump of righteous triumph. This week, the studio answers back with Captain Marvel, the first solo outing for a female superhero in the franchise, and the results, critics say, are pretty solid, if not revolutionary. This Marvel Studios movie seems to be a bit on this line. Known for playing complex characters, including her Oscar-winning turn as Joy in the harrowing 2015 thriller Room, Larson did not want to play a one-dimensional protagonist.

The supporting cast offers some of the film's most enjoyable surprises.

During the climax, the Kree and Skulls fight against each other for the Tesseract with Captain Marvel fighting for the Skrull side as she now knows the intentions of Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). They and their conspicuous stunt doubles engage in a battle with punches and judo throws. Why was she never here to help Earth? Absconding to the Louisiana bayou after Carol's disappearance, Maria clings tightly to the memories of her lost friend, even storing away treasured mementos like Carol's leather jacket and faded photographs of her father. All that shape-shifting makes it hard to identify the enemy.

Primeau stopped short of saying there's a "high degree of probability", which is the strongest opinion he could give, but added, "There's definitely a possibility that there was something there and they chose to remove it in order to keep a secret with the film". It makes this reviewer look back on the finale of the Avengers: Infinity War and remember being so overwhelmed by the huge fight sequences, and even becoming a bit shell-shocked. In other Marvel movies, Fury is the guy with the eye patch who calls together the usual Avengers. Fans will also see a younger version of S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Phil Coulson, who is played by Clark Gregg. Jackson's scenes as the sceptical Fury are highlights of the film, adding a touch of playfulness. A second scene, in which Goose the cat spits up the Tesseract, may also hint at an Endgame plot point. Hell, there are grown women like me out there who are probably going to cry the moment she has her "No Man's Land" scene - and I hate that I, too, am comparing this movie to Wonder Woman already... it just goes to show how little content of this sort exists in cinema, since I only have one major female superhero to compare Carol to. However, it would have been nice to see more of their friendship during Carol's past on Earth. Oftentimes, Marvel actors cycle through the same types of questions about their particular film, the characters they play and the hero at the forefront, and how the events of their standalone will connect to what fans have already witnessed in the MCU and how it will shape what's yet to come. Regardless of the chic bellhop vibes, I'm satisfied that the actress really can pull off anything.

"Honestly, since they won't tell us anything about "Avengers". But it ain't Larson or her character. "Part of that means rejecting the voices of people who tell her she's not strong enough and doesn't belong". Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who also co-wrote the script, give her no personality traits beyond bland, low-key confidence. Like Larson's, their voices are overwhelmed by Marvel's homogeneous style. The old and stubbornly held Hollywood belief that a superhero movie starring a woman would flop was bolstered by some painful evidence: the critical and financial failures of Supergirl (1984), Tank Girl (1995), Catwoman (2004), and Elektra (2005).

Anyway, I loved this movie because it's excellent and because it's carried by a woman.

  • Salvatore Jensen