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Captain Marvel Movie Review (2019) | A Middling Stepping Stone

Captain Marvel movie is splendid alright. But you cannot really call it great. It’s one of those superhero movies wherein you don’t face a real daunting enemy, that the superhero is so powerful that nothing really feels like a challenge. Why do you think a movie or a superhero like that comes at such desperate times? If you have been following Marvel up close, you already know the answer.

Captain Marvel is a movie which is deliberately woven up to serve as a ladder to an oncoming spectacle. The movie is fabricated so as to make a superhero look invincible and so she does. Captain Marvel a.k.a. Carol Danvers portrayed by Brie Larson is made to look outright ruthless and badass just so Thanos from Infinity Wars would face a real challenge in the upcoming Endgame movie.

I am not gonna fight your war. I am gonna end it.

You are already imagining how things are gonna go, secretly wishing it to be something more, that what’s imminent should totally blow your minds away. With a promise of what is going to be delivered would be next to something majestic, we accept Captain Marvel into the elite team of Avengers, or whatever remains of it.

The Theme of Captain Marvel Movie (Spoilers)

Captain Marvel movie tries to cover the origin tale of the superhero answering questions of where she fits into the timeline and how would she really come into the picture. How she became a Kree, and how an earthling like her got drenched with some extraordinary superhuman power.

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You get an insight on Hala, Kree empire’s capital planet, of how the things in that world worked. You also get to know more about Skrulls and the incessant war with Kree that bases their very existence. It gets into the details of the what and the why. You get to know a lot about that part of the fantastical universe which was once skimmed in Guardians of the Galaxy movie by James Gunn. Another great example of how tight the MCU really keeps its stuff.

Captain Marvel movie capers into the past and the present enclaves of the brain of the superhero trying to bring back memories that have her forever confused. A subplot opens up in her mind when she falls to the planet Earth and tries to seek answers by delving into the things from her past.

I keep having these memories. I see flashes. I think I have a life here. But I can’t tell if it’s real.

It is that quest to find answers that serve as the kernel of this movie. Seeking answers reveals a story that helps everyone get a proper insight on her life. That’s a brilliant way to dictate a story.

Makes you Nostalgic

Captain Marvel movie also tries to resuscitate all those amazing characters we had come across in the MCU before. It was good to see the already dead Ronan the Accuser, Phil Coulson and Korath alive and brimming. But nothing could beat the cameo of Stan Lee which felt great for it must have been something Stan might have wanted.

Trust me, true believer.

The tribute paid to him in the very beginning of the Marvel Logo was thoughtful too.

Captain Marvel and Nick Fury in Captain Marvel Movie

The movie also tries to answer some of the other crucial boiling questions like the existence of Tesseract – How did the S.H.I.E.L.D. end up having it? Especially how Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) ended up becoming friends with Carol. It also tries to answer one of the most important questions of all – How did he lose his friggin’ eye?

Impoverished Drama

While the movie tries to cash in on the friendship Carol has with Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), it all seems like a badly pitched drama.
That’s the only emotional boomerang thrown in here, unfortunately, it doesn’t return. It doesn’t hit hearts. You don’t feel anything out of the ordinary or unsettling, for it hasn’t been properly milked.

The other melodramatic thing that the movie wanted to glorify was the missing of memories, and the relationship Carol had with Dr. Wendy Lawson (Annette Bening) before everything went to flames. Unfortunately, even that angle is a wasted frame. You don’t feel a thing. Why don’t you feel a thing? There was something really missing in the movie, even though it isn’t easy to point.

Captain Marvel movie lacks gravitas that was supposed to leave a mark in your soul or a hole in your heart. It doesn’t. In terms of humour too, it doesn’t stand as high as other Marvel movies in the past have. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck worked really hard on it and that shows, but in the end, if you think about it, it ends up being a tad forgettable.

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Other Issues with the Film

One of the biggest issues with the story you feel is the point where Monica Rambeau (Akira Akbar) is pressing Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) to go out in space with Aunt Carol. It feels so unrealistic. Even though Maria gives a fair enough reason, Carol is such a weird friend who still doesn’t say no to her for her well being. Like she knowingly invites her into space even though she knows how dangerous it would be. Who does that? I don’t know why that got written in the first place.

The flick lacks the lustre of all the Marvel movies in the past. There are only a few memorable fight scenes in the movie that were really worth something. The rest are like really ordinary.

The Final Verdict

Overall Captain Marvel movie is a good entertainer, but somewhere you feel it becoming monotonous towards the end since Captain Marvel literally obliterates everything when she becomes a fully fledged version of herself. The absence of a real opposition makes it all a walk in the park for her. For some it might have been cool, but for those who really enjoy the ups and downs in a hero vs bad guy fight, the flick weighs down more towards the hero scale.

I am kind of done with you telling me what I can’t do.

Nevertheless, the movie works as a fair strong bridge in the MCU. It helps give meaning to a lot of pieces you had in your hand and didn’t know what were they and how they ended up there.

Let’s not forget that it serves as a movie that would eventually lead to something better. It kind of reminds you of Captain America: The First Avenger in a way, for it paves way for the impending future.

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Captain Marvel

7.3

Direction

7.1/10

Story

7.7/10

Screenplay

6.8/10

Cinematography

7.4/10

Pros

  • Makes you nostalgic of MCU characters
  • Nick Fury
  • Great Ladder to Endgame

Cons

  • Has some flaws
  • Forgettable

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