Thumbs up or Thumbs Down? Short, Simple and Spoiler Free movie reviews.
An acceptable but regrettably average addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a post Infinity War world I expected more than what can only be considered as a rather bland origin story that raises more questions than it answers and throws into question the words and actions of characters already heavily featured in the series and a few plot holes as well. However, you need to remember that Marvel doesn’t actually have a perfect record. While the original Iron Man changed the game, two and three weren’t brilliant. Captain America didn’t really get started until The Winter Soldier and it took two poor Thor films before they made Ragnarok, which is brilliant. Basically, Marvel tend to make better sequels once they’ve set the stage in the first film (or in the case or Thor, go in a completely different direction).
Problems start with Captain Marvel herself as Brie Larson is perhaps a little too sure of herself and smug, which isn’t a good look. She doesn’t yet have the same level of confident charisma that many other characters in the franchises have in abundance. Also character wise, Carol Danvers is also not at all fussed that she doesn’t know anything about herself or those she might have loved. Which is really odd!
Meanwhile the Skrulls are a little too Australian, the entire plot is a little too much of ‘buddy cop meets a bad episode of Star Trek’. If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe then Captain Marvel is okay and probably worth a watch. Simply so that you understand who the new big player on the scene is, but for you to really understand who Carol Danvers is you’ll need to wait for the sequel.