Daniel Cruse’s review published on Letterboxd:
Honestly after seeing some middling reviews, I went into this with lower expectations and I have to say, I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. I am glad to see that the ravenous and sexist fan base who are attempting to boycott this film aren’t really making much of a difference, and of course if you did dislike this movie I don’t mean to say that you’re sexist, but there is certainly a nasty handful of people who have been out to get this movie from day one and I’m glad to see it succeeding.
I’ve seen people criticize Brie Larson, saying she doesn’t give her best performance here. Well yeah, I wasn’t expecting her to turn out quite like she did in Room for this film, but I still think she did a great job with the character. She was strong, charming, intelligent, and so fun. Sam Jackson is great and the VFX work really did wonders in this film on his face, it completely sold me on the fact that The Irishman is supposedly doing a similar thing with some of its actors, so long as the group doing the effects for that film is as talented.
The plot seemed incredibly simple initially and there were definitely some things I saw coming but generally speaking, this movie felt very offbeat from the rest of the MCU in ways that I can’t really pin down. I don’t know if it’s just the directors or the tone but things felt new and fresh in this movie and I had a hell of a time watching it. Talos is a fantastic character, Goose the Cat is much more important than I expected and his dynamic with Nick Fury is one of the highlights of the film. I love the way they just embraced the setting of the film fully and as somebody who grew up in the early 2000’s, I had fun piecing together some of the references to things that I didn’t really understand immediately as I wasn’t alive when they were popular.
It’s not a perfect movie, none of these MCU films are, but they’re fun and full of spectacle and I always enjoy myself while watching them. I see a lot of people frustrated about how mediocre and factory produced these movies seem to be, I guess it just doesn’t bother me that much. For every Avengers movie that hits theaters, there’s a movie like Wildlife or Moonlight or Call Me By Your Name too, it’s not like the MCU is ushering all the great indie flicks out of the zeitgeist, especially when it comes to awards season. I don’t go to an MCU film expecting a story or themes that will transcend the film and leave me completely in awe afterward, I buy a ticket for a fun, silly, and digestible action adventure film and that’s what I always get.