[Quick Review] Captain Marvel: An extremely flawed and forgettable bridge to End Game4 min read
When I got out of the theater, I questioned myself. What are the things I liked most about the movie? Surprisingly only 2 came to my mind and they were: the way they gave a tribute to Stan Lee and the little End Game mid-credits. Nothing else even came close. When I tried hard, maybe Nick Fury came to my mind. And that should infer much about how I felt about the movie.
Let’s wind up the clock a bit and backtrack to the point where it all started, before the casting of Brie Larson. I was annoyed as to why a hero like Captain Marvel was to be represented on the big screen for the first time by Carol Danvers. She was not even the titular hero until the beginning of this decade. However, when Brie Larson was cast; I unlike the majority, was extremely relieved. I was pleasantly surprised by her performance in Room before and hoped she would take up from a place above the likes of Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Gal Gadot back when they started their superhero career.
In front of the camera: As bad as it can be, I was wrong. Brie did want the audience to like her, just the motivation clearly predictable in her acting. She gave the least memorable performance in the movie, which is a damn shame considering I loved Carol on the Marvel panel the last time I checked.
I liked Lashana Lynch’s performance and wish to see her character more often over the future MCU. I could see her daughter, Rambeau jr. , growing up to become Ms. Marvel. But then the idea didn’t seem that convenient. It was a genuine treat to see Samuel L Jackson bring a younger Fury to the table, though I hated the part how he lost his eye to suffice some silly humor. Coulson just seemed to be in the script for fan service. Goose was another Disney McGuffin , which doesn’t mean it wasn’t good.
Behind the Camera: I liked the direction and its thoughtfulness but thought it could have been a lot better at places. Action sequences were completely unworthy of a film based in the latter half of the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The background music was on point, though not as trailblazing as Black Panther. According to me, a better script could have boosted the overall performance a lot.
The CGI used in this movie was clearly sub-standard to me. At places, I felt it was on the same standard as Wonder
At the end of the day, the first live-action Captain Marvel movie was underwhelming and couldn’t justify the lore, even though it tried a lot. It suffered from various problems and clearly couldn’t come out as the creative team wanted it to be. Between 2 of the biggest and most ambitious Marvel movies ever made, I am sorry to say we have to make do with 2 extremely flawed and forgettable movies. Superhero Abode scores Captain Marvel based on all aspects :
It will be dishonest to say that Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel does not have any potential. It has the potential to do wonders in the upcoming sequels given the amount of firepower (fan base) Marvel has, but for now, let’s just end it from a quote which most fans should recognize.
“This isn’t a question of what I’m not. This is a question of who I could be.”