Captain Marvel Review: An Origin That Can’t Seem To Take Flight

Chris Beauchamp, Staff Reporter

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Ben Mendelsohn portrays the head leader of the Skrulls named Talos. His supporting performance was praised by both fans and critics.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand its franchise to more audiences and always finds ways to bring them back wanting more. From the now multiple Oscar-winning “Black Panther” to the massive crossover that was “Avengers: Infinity War,” fans have been eagerly waiting for what was to come next in this growing franchise. Now, the wait is finally over for fans, they were not only brought another entry but an entry that introduces a brand new character in the form of “Captain Marvel.” The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law and Clark Gregg. So, how was the film? Does Marvel kick off the year on a good note? Let’s talk about it.

Without spoiling anything, “Captain Marvel” centers its story around Carol Danvers (played by Brie Larson), who goes on a journey of self-discovery. With the help of a younger Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson), Carol will soon realize that there is more to her than meets the eye.

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Brie Larson leads the first female-led film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Larson has stated that this role is the height of her career.

As an origin, the film does what it needs to do. It presents its character well enough and delivers a story with lots of fun and action. There’s one story element that worked very well and was one I personally didn’t see coming. The action is very entertaining and visually pleasing. From all the performers, Ben Mendelsohn steals the entire movie. His character is full of charm and life. He felt completely natural and had complete control of the character he was playing. The supporting cast was also good for the same reason I gave Mendelsohn. The deaging technology used for Jackson and Gregg worked to their advantage.

Beyond that, the film has a lot of issues.

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The film finds its strengths in strong supporting performances and entertaining action. However, its script was what ultimately brought it down overall.

The first of many come from the main lead herself. Brie Larson is ultimately fine but not great. Her character is very one-note and not as in depth as other heroes in this growing cinematic universe. Also, without spoiling, there’s no threats towards her and doesn’t provide many stakes as a result. With providing an origin to a superhero, the hero must have a certain point of vulnerability which makes them become less stiff and more human. With this, we don’t see that and the film failed to provide ultimately a critical point to a superhero origin.

The biggest factor that the film suffers from is its script. The dialogue was very straight forward and not as clever as other installments in this franchise. Most of the humor never lands and doesn’t have any quotable lines for the viewer to take with them.

Next, the narrative is very predictable and by the numbers for the most part. It tries really hard to go deeper but doesn’t really hit its mark. There were some story elements that I didn’t find myself getting behind at all. Some character choice reveals didn’t sit with me well or play out the way I was hoping they would.

The credit scenes are fine and are more expecting than surprising

“Captain Marvel” is just fine. It does what it needed to do and doesn’t add anything else. It has its moments of fun but ultimately struggles from an average script that then sadly led to the creation of a one note character and a very predictable narrative as a result. However, this is a one-note character that I look forward to seeing more of and hope to see grow in this ongoing franchise in the near future.

“Captain Marvel” Rating: 7/10

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