Patrick Jensen’s review published on Letterboxd:
Apparently there is a lot of politically charged debate on this film. It has become divisive because of aspects that are related to certain things said by Brie Larson that some people aren't mature enough to handle. Personally, I don't care about the bullshit surrounding ratings bombs on Rotten Tomatoes and wherever people does such things. Let me make one thing clear: if you, like me, enjoyed this film, then it's awesome. If you didn't like it, well that's fine too, we'll just have to agree to disagree. I had a blast with Captain Marvel, and I'm not ashamed of feeling that way.
Let me start off by saying that I have read some issues of Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel comics, and I am mostly familiar with Carol Danvers through the animated show Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. With that in mind, I thought the writers and Brie Larson did a great job with handling the character of Carol Danvers. She's tough, but she can also bring some levity to the table with her wit and kindness. Sure, I do miss the nerdier parts of the character that DeConnick's comics contained, but I'm glad that we have a superhero in the MCU who is more balanced with her quips. She's never more serious or light-hearted than necessary, and it worked well for me. The way the film handled its antagonists was pretty solid, too, especially since Ben Mendelsohn delivers another great over-the-top performance. He might not be Raúl Juliá, but he's still has the charm to make his character a joy to watch. On the other hand, the film's de facto villain is, without spoiling too much, kind of bland and he does do the film a bit of a disservice.
I've seen some people complain about the 90's atmosphere of the film. Personally, I loved it. I admit I might be biased, because I love a lot of 90's alternative rock, which gave this film a personality, and I didn't think it was as hammered in as some people claim. It at least makes sense here, because the film takes place in the 90's. It's not like Ready Player One, where the 80's aesthetics and references only exist as gratuitous fan service. I should also mention that the actions scenes get progressively better as the film goes on, but the early ones were kind of weak in my opinion. Furthermore, the beginning can be all over the place editing-wise, which might put some people off, but I was never really that bothered by it.
In conclusion, Captain Marvel was a lot of fun for me. It might not click with everyone, but I couldn't help but enjoy it. I will be looking forward to Avengers: Endgame even more, just to see how Brie Larson will gel with the rest of The Avengers crew.