Captain Marvel (2019) Review

Captain Marvel was a return to formula for Phase 1 MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movies. Now this can be good or bad depending on the viewer. I personally enjoyed it. Was it great? Not at all but it was good. I didn’t leave the theater jumping in excitement. At this point everyone just wants to get to Avengers: Endgame.

So what is this movie about? Two alien races are at war and Earth gets caught up in the mix. It’s up to Carol Danvers to stop it and discover her true potential. The cast consists of Brie Larson (Carol Danvers), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Lashana Lynch, and other familiar faces. There was a ton of on-screen chemistry between the actors. Particularly when exchanging dialogue before or during a fight.

This is a buddy cop film as well as an origin story. All the characters are pursuing a MacGuffin of some sort. You’ll find there’s a nice twist to the chase. The humor was well executed and wasn’t over the top. It felt organic, providing a contrast to the fight scenes and saturated cinematography. The only problem I had was that Captain Marvel was extremely overpowered. I never felt like she was in any real danger so there was no real stakes. It was like seeing Superman pummel low level thugs. I give it a 6 out of 10.



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