Captain Marvel ★★½

Original Title: Captain Marvel
Year of Release: 2019
Genres: Sci-Fi Action; Adventure
Directors: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden, Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve
Main Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Clark Gregg, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou

What is there that I can say about Marvel's latest film, Captain Marvel? Unfortunately, not much! It is noteworthy for two things: it is the first female-led superhero film in the MCU, and it has extensive use of digital de-aging effects applied to the faces of Sam Jackson and Clark Gregg, which is truly quite impressive and groundbreaking. Everything else is just your run-of-the-mill superhero origin story, with not a single unpredictable moment, interesting character interactions, or emotional sequences. It lacks a vision, both narratively and aesthetically, opting for following each story beat with no inventiveness at all. Even the action feels incredibly hollow, with some hand-to-hand fights that are decently choreographed but mostly shot in dark locales, while the bombastic CGI space battle in the end tends to bore rather than excite.

I would not recommend you go out and watch Captain Marvel, and I doubt that this film will have that big an impact on the upcoming Avengers Endgame. However, I do think that films directed by women are important for cinema, and rather than going to see the latest emotionally-shallow Marvel extravaganza, I highly recommend you check out the following list of female directors and at least one film for each of them:

- Agnès Varda (Cléo from 5 to 7)
- Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
- Katheryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
- Claire Denis (Beau Travail)
- Ava DuVernay (Selma)
- Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides)
- Karyn Kusama (The Invitation)
- Andrea Arnold (American Honey)
- Lucrecia Martel (Zama)
- Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles)

These and many other female directors deserved to be discovered and appreciated by a bigger public. So, to celebrate Women's Day, I encourage you all to go out and watch one of the aforementioned films: you will get a more complete, different, and unique experience than going to watch the dull (albeit superficially entertaining) Captain Marvel.


Story: 5
Directing: 5
Cinematography: 6.5
Acting: 6.5
Sound: 6
Visual Effects: 8


Violence & Gore: 7
Sex & Nudity: 2
Drugs & Profanity: 2
Intensity & Horror: 3

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