Captain Marvel (**)
Despite beautiful, lavish visual effects, Captain Marvel ain’t no Wonder Woman (2017).
Marvel was hoping for a major film with a female super hero, but Captain Marvel will not be it.
Are people not tired of origin super hero films? I am; in fact, I am sick to death of them. If tomorrow they stopped making such films, I would be ok with it. I loved Superman (1978), Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Dark Knight (2008), Iron Man (2008) and Wonder Woman (2017). The rest? Not interested. Their massive budgets leech money out of the studios from other films, meaning many original films are not getting made because of these films. Furthermore, they are essentially critic proof because even if they are weak movies -see Batman vs. Superman (2015) – they will be a massive hit at the box office.
I have no doubt Captain Marvel will be huge and of course tie into the upcoming Avengers film as Captain Marvel challenges the bad guy Thanos, who killed off a number of Avengers in the last instalment.
Carol Danvers is Captain Marvel, whose beginnings are set in 1995, well before everyone carried a cell phone, the Internet had not taken over the world, and movies were rented on VHS tapes from your local Blockbuster. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) was around, and still had both eyes. The film explores the origins of the hugely powerful Captain Marvel, out to do good, eventually joining The Avengers.
The film is entertaining, even fun, and the creators were smart enough not to make a super hero film reeking of self importance.
Brie Larson is very good as Marvel, we believe her, which is essential for such a film. She has always had a strong screen presence, and perfect brown eyes that betray her emotions. Does she surpass Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman? No, not at all, but it is a solid start for her in the role.
Jackson is, as always, terrific as Fury, who must have developed his snarl when he lost his eye. Yes, we find out how. No, you are not going to read it here.
Annette Bening unfortunately looks lost in the film, wondering how the hell this happened to her?
The film is not bad, but breaks no new ground, other than the Marvel Universe continues to expand, which I am not sure is a good thing.
Most frustrating is seeing the film, taking the time to write a review that in the end will not matter. The film will be huge, good or bad. Captain Marvel is neither, just disappointing and unnecessary.