Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet also contributing to the screenplay. Brie Larson stars as Danvers, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Set in 1995, the story follows Danvers as she becomes Captain Marvel after Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds.
Ok, so the story is your basic origin story of how Captain Marvel got her powers , where is she from and what makes her “her”. This is the basic methodology of all the Marvel superhero movies and superhero movies in general. So how does the movie fare, in my opinion?
- Carol Danvers seems to be the least fleshed out superhero I can recall. And that’s because once she gets the powers, by unintentionally absorbing an exploding Kree power energy core of Dr. Lawson/Mar-vell’s experimental craft, it seems like no one can beat her. She is never in any grave danger. She can do it all, fly in space, use those awesome powers from her fists that can pummel any unsuspecting powerful alien into space. There are no high stakes and even the fight scenes become a bit stale. For a human, who remembers hardly anything of earth and was genetically modified by the Kree, she sure can find her way around 1995 America. Her stealing clothes and a bike all was too easy.
- Watching Samuel L Jackson & Clark Gregg de-aged digitally for this film which is set in 1995 was weird – for 10 seconds and then it became natural. Good job effects team. Infact almost all the effects in the film is top notch. I only remember once scene in which it seems Marvel was a cartoon/animation figure for a few seconds while the rest is all awesome.
- The Skrulls are an really good alien race to see in this film. I felt empathetic to their plight as refugees searching for a new home and I would like to see more of them. They are interesting as are the Kree in it. To be honest, I’d like to see a series or a couple of films set in the planet Hala. They do have an interesting dynamic going on.
- Goose is a scene stealer – looks like a ginger cat but is infact an alien being who can swallow large items including people, as inside it is a pocket dimension inside her body and swallows the Tesseract before scratching Fury’s left eye, permanently blinding it. I did not see that one coming.
- Annette Benning, Ben Mendelsohn, Lee Pace returning as Ronan the Accuser & Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau (Danver’s best friend and fellow pilot) are all good as supporting cast members with a lot to do. Jude Law as Carol’s Kree mentor as the lead villain in the film plays a duel role as proud mentor and having a deceptive agenda against Carol.
- The use of 90s rock music and a couple of rap/hip-hop songs as well as some 90s tech and BlockBuster seem to give us a 90s vibe. I miss the 90s!
Overall I didn’t feel as engaged in the film as I usually am in a Marvel film. I thought there were no bonding of the character Captain Marvel to the audience as she is just lucky to be powerful and she will protect what she must but is less fleshed out than most others. Her powers and abilities makes her almost too powerful and that is kind of a let down. I give the film top marks for the special effects but a 7.5 outta 10!