Captain Marvel ★★★½

I'm just a girl.
I'm just a girl in the world.

A solid example of going in to see a movie regardless of whatever controversies or push-backs just so long as you actually have interest in it. Captain Marvel is nothing entirely special on the scope of Marvel movies or the superhero genre as a whole, but it's also a flick that has down pat what makes these experiences fun. Give the action and give the quips, and regardless of the gender for your protagonist, you're gonna have a good time.

I had heard various complaints about the quality of the movie before seeing it, but the one I seemed to be hearing the most frequently was about Brie Larson's performance as the titular character. Mainly that it lacked proper emotion. And yes, Carol Danvers is a little more stoic than the regular Marvel protagonist you'd come to expect. But to be perfectly honest, that didn't bug me. I enjoyed her performance, and the character herself was a definite highlight of the movie for me. Larson has proven that she is a wonderful actress in the past and here we get the right punchlines, proper line delivery, and an overall feeling that we're getting a good character from a good actor. Not much more I can ask for from that field. (Oh, and a female protagonist not needing a romantic partner of any kind? More of that, please.)

Now if I do have a distinct complaint with the film, it is its visual palette. Get ready for two action sequences in particular, one near the beginning and one near the end, that are so dark it's legitimately hard to tell who is who and even what's fully going on. Which is a shame, because both were shot and choreographed rather well, and the latter has a needle drop that I downright loved. One more thing that bugged me, though I can't say it without going into spoilers, is a big reveal about the history of a supporting character. I'm keeping that as vague as possible, but you likely know what I'm talking about. I'm all for making things a punchline, but a certain decision that was made that way I think could've been handled better. Whenever I go back and watch previous Marvel films that feature it, it's going to completely change the tone of those scenes.

But really, besides that, just good superhero junk food to be found here. Samuel L. Jackson is the absolute best, Goose is a scene-stealer, and so is Ben Mendelsohn. The various uses of copyrighted music and 90's nostalgia don't get in the way of pivotal sequences. The action, when you can see it, is enjoyable. The chemistry between Carol and Fury and Carol and Maria is nice. It's for the most part all solid stuff. Captain Marvel is through and through a Marvel movie. If you're on the team already, then you'll have a good time. If you're not, this isn't going to change your mind. At the end of that day, if you want to see it, go see it. If not, then don't. Let's go back to the good ol' days of not caring all that much about what films we do and don't see, alright?

(Also, Stan, we miss ya buddy. Excelsior forever.)


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