Gavin Gibson’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'll be the first to admit that before seeing Captain Marvel, I knew absolutely nothing about the character. The only real reason for me being excited for this film came down to the cast and crew involved, and of course as a committed fan of the MCU I was always going to see it regardless. All the same though there's the wonderful Brie Larson in the lead role, and I've been a fan of her ever since Short Term 12 but the supporting cast was very enticing too, Sam Jackson and Annette Benning are two actors who I'll follow forever and with Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Jude Law and several others, there wasn't anything for me to not like. And when Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (the writer and director of the massively overlooked Half Nelson) got involved, well that was it. I was seeing this asap.
Sadly leading up to the film's release, a certain amount of internet trolls who ostensibly didn't want girls coming into their clubhouse so to speak, downvoted the film on Rotten Tomatoes before having seen the film to the point where the site had to shut them up and there were also entirely false accusations of racism and sexism made against Larson because she wanted more diversity…but with the film being critically revered and set to make 350 million this weekend alone, I'm glad to see that the trolling hasn't effected the film in anyway. Because damn, It's good.
Brie Larson joins a long line of perfectly casted superheroes in the MCU, she's instantaneously likable and Larson's love for the character truly shines as she becomes Carol Danvers. And as she becomes the character, the brilliant Sam Jackson (with the best example of CGI de-aging ever put to the screen) sits alongside her and the two of them make for an amazing onscreen duo and you can tell how sincere their friendship is in real life.
The supporting cast all round are great, and It's nice to see Phil Coulson back with Ronan the Accuser and Korath, but Annette Benning mind you...she is something to truly be treasured in this film. I could never have predicted how well Benning would do in a comic book film. Jude Law is great of course, he's an infinitely charismatic actor and that comes through once again. Oh and I loved Goose. Not necessarily the most essential part of the film but he's a cat and I like cats. And the first appearance of the Skrulls in the MCU is really well done too.
I do have one standing criticism with the film and that is that It's formulaic as hell. But let's face It, that's not really a new problem for the MCU or comic book films in general. But overall, I throughly enjoyed Captain Marvel. Brie Larson is perfect for the role, she manages to provide yet another idol for young people to look up to, especially young women (there's one scene in particular that Is so sweetly done), the supporting cast are great and honestly, It was nice to see a film set during my birth year that wasn't actually released in that year. I don't believe I've seen that before. Oh and the late great Stan Lee is wonderfully honoured here. Rest in peace sir.
But yeah in my opinion Captain Marvel is great, Larson is wonderful, I can't wait to see more of the character and the MCU has never been stronger. Higher, further, faster indeed.