Movie Review: ‘Captain Marvel’

March 29, 2019 at 12:43 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

So I finally managed to catch Captain Marvel while it’s still on the big screen and I enjoyed it. I wouldn’t put it in my top ten Marvel movies, but it’s fun, there’s lots of action, and there’s some good characters moments. The story…it’s a little sloppy, and honestly, it’s the weakness of the movie, but it’s not that bad. At this point all of the Marvel movies are kind of must see as part of the focus on Avengers, Infinity War and Endgame. From that perspective, is it something you still have to see? Yes.

Keeping light on spoilers, you learn who Captain Marvel is and what her powers are in this movie. That’s going to be a necessity for Endgame and getting the most enjoyment out of her character. Without the groundwork laid in this movie, there’s no telling how Endgame will play out if that’s your first exposure to the character. However, seeing Captain Marvel also requires some homework. Before you go see this movie, you’re going to want to watch Guardians of the Galaxy. Some of the races/species, characters, ships and technology from that movie play a role in this one. It’s a connected universe and it’s constantly building off itself, which means those shared elements have more value if you’ve seen the whole story behind them.

Diving deeper into spoilers, Captain Marvel isn’t a perfect movie. The story does a lot of time jumping as it relies on Captain Marvel having amnesia and not remember who she is. Throughout the story, she gathers the pieces until they finally reveal the whole thing. It’s tried and true story trope, but the execution felt a little messy. Rather than being smart and paying off big, it felt kind of forced, convoluted, and yet, still, it did pay off a bit. That payoff makes it hard to say “they shouldn’t have done that” but rather “surely they could have done it better.” In the end, it is what it is. It’s not a great movie, but it’s still enjoyable and has a lot of good moments throughout. It’s also a lot more lighthearted than Infinity War. With all the spacey elements, and the tone, it’s much more on par with Thor: Ragnarok with its feel.

Now for some spoilers, so turn back if you’re avoiding them. Believe it or not, I avoid spoilers for this movie, as well as the trailers. I really didn’t know who was in this movie other than Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson. So it was a nice surprise to see Jude Law and Ben Mendelsohn. And while I like Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn easily stole the movie whenever he had a scene. Samuel L. Jackson had a huge role in this movie, and I loved the role they gave him. I’m assuming they did all kinds of CGI de-aging for him but I couldn’t spot anything to give it away. It just looked like I was watching a younger Jackson running around and fighting people. It worked well. But when it came to fighting, Captain Marvel stole the show with her insane powers. And they are insane. She can fly, shoot energy beams out of her hands, survive in space, and fly through ships and explode them. She can even take energy blasts from ships. She kind of seemed invincible at the end, which makes you wonder what her weakness is. How is Thanos going to stop her?

However, when the credits roll and the action comes to an end, you finally have a chance to soak in everything that just happened while you wait for the two end credit scenes to play. That’s when I begin to pick at the story and realized just what a complicated spider web it is. When you try to play the thing out in order, and figure out the motivations and why these people were doing what and why they did what they did at the end, things get messy. For instance, the Skrulls want a lightspeed engine. But the engine is destroyed. So they want the power source, but when they get the power source at the end, they no longer want it. Everyone just flies off. It’s odd and it’s hard to fill in the logic gaps. But it’s not enough to ruin the movie.

All in all, I still had a good time at the theater, and while I’m in no rush to see it again, I could see myself returning to it sometime down the road. As is, I give it a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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