The newest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe gives us another important step in the superhero genre, much like last year’s “Black Panther”. Representation in film is starting to expand and superhero movies are contributing to a large extent of it. “Captain Marvel” stars a lead female superhero, being the first in the Marvel Universe to do so. We do have female superheroes like Black Widow and Scarlet Witch, but this is the first time Marvel has given us a stand-alone film staring a female lead.
However, while “Captain Marvel” is very empowering, its plot and direction however are quite flawed. The movie goes very quickly to the point where it feels rushed. So much happens within the two hour runtime and it feels like we don’t have any breathing room in between to take it all in.
Brie Larson stars as the main lead, yet gives an underwhelming performance. She’s an incredible actress and gave an Oscar winning performance in the acclaimed drama “Room”, so her talent can’t be doubted, which draws conclusions to the performance being a result of the poorly-written character. Captain Marvel doesn’t show a lot of ranged emotion and seems cold and distant. Maybe that’s how she’s portrayed in the comics, but in the movie it makes it difficult to connect with her or the center of the plot.
The supporting cast is well stacked with talented performers as well. Samuel L, Jackson stars as a young Nick Fury, Jude Law plays Yon-Rogg, Annete Bennington plays Captain Marvel’s Air Force commander and Clark Greggs returns as his character from the tv series “Agents: of Shield”. However some of the relationships between these supporting characters just don’t work. The main friendship duo between Nick Fury and Captain Marvel is one of the more enjoyable aspects of the movie, but the interactions between the other characters seemed forced and a bit out of place.
Just like every other Marvel movie, “Captain Marvel” has plenty of humor throughout. The style of comedy that is present in these movies can be hit or miss with audiences. Odd are, if you enjoyed the humor in “Avengers: Infinity War” or any of the others for that matter, you’ll probably enjoy the same thing here.
“Captain Marvel” is a flawed movie, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. There’s plenty of action sequences and the film has its very empowering moments. It’s disappointing however, that with an important movie like this, it wasn’t as entertaining or well-made as “Black Panther” or “Avengers: Infinity War”.