Captain Marvel Review: Not Quite Marvelous (But Not Bad)

Directed By: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Written By: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and others
Run Time: 2 Hours and 4 Minutes
Release Date: March 8th, 2019
Link to IMDb

Before you ask, yes. I know that there’s controversy surrounding this film. Am I going to talk about it? No. Y’know why? Cause that shit doesn’t fucking matter. I’m going to be talking about the quality of the movie that I watched, and nothing more.

That being said: I think this is an okay movie. It’s not bad, and it’s not spectacular. I had fun watching it, and I had quite a few chuckles, but there was more than a few problems dragging this one down. It’s far from the worst MCU movie, and it’s nowhere near the best one. It’s just… okay.

Let’s get my issues with the film out of the way first. For one, the plot wasn’t anything spectacular. It was a very safe and predictable Marvel movie, with safe, predictable and not very deep characters. I think Captain Marvel herself is a fine character, but she doesn’t have a whole lot to stand out as her own person. Though I have hope that this issue will be fixed in Endgame.

But I’m not talking about that movie, now am I?

The action in this movie is really bad. While it does have decent choreography, you have to look really closely just to see it! The shaking camera makes the fights nigh incomprehensible, to the point that I actually felt sick while watching it! I fucking hate the action in this movie, and I’d happily skip over watching it ever again.

There are also a lot of continuity changes, as this is a prequel. Now, I don’t mind many of these. My issue with them is that they’re incredibly goofy and stupid. The story behind Nick Fury losing his eye and naming the Avengers initiative are both mind numbingly dumb. Still, despite how stupid they are, they’re still a lot of fun. Good? Nope. But there is such a thing as ‘So Bad It’s Good’.

Now, with that out of the way, let’s talk about the things I liked! Starting with the best thing in the movie: Carol and Fury’s chemistry. These two share some of the best character moments in the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. They bounce off of each other flawlessly, and each of their exchanges put a massive smile on my face. I would kill to see more of this later in the MCU.

The story is also incredibly well paced and put together. Every event leads to the next, and it moves along very smoothly. Nothing ever lasts for too long, and they’re given just enough time fully breath and develop. Aside from the terrible action, I was engaged in the movie from beginning to end.

I also really enjoy the end credits scene in this movie. It leads directly into Endgame, bringing the events from the post credits scene of Infinity War to it’s conclusion. This scene was built to lead directly into the grand conclusion of the Thanos story of the MCU, and I think it did it really well. After watching this, I felt more excited for the final film than I already was.

Overall, I would say this movie is worth your time. It has many issues, yes, but it’s still a decent and fun movie to watch. If you can push past the problems, you can have a really good time watching this.

Now if only people would shut the fuck up in regards to all those stupid controversies and watch the damn movie…

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