Captain Marvel provides us with the origin of the latest Marvel superhero to join the MCU, but to the studio’s credit, manages to subvert the formula enough to tell this familiar tale in a wholly unique way, that should stand as the example of how to go about origin stories. Gone is the usual wordy exposition or 'moments of destiny' that takes up the first act of traditional superhero fair. In its place comes an action-packed romp with a charismatic lead that instantly draws the viewer in with her confident swagger.
While there may be many a mystery still lurking behind the surface - something you’d already know if you’ve watched any of the trailers before sitting down for the movie proper - the initial focus smartly stays on Brie Larson’s character as the back-talking, headstrong but still instantly likeable Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel), who is thrown into situation after situation that only lead on from each other to show the extraordinary world she is a part of, instead of simply telling us.
The action comes thick and fast in Captain Marvel, with the movie quickly ramping up and only really slowing down for the needed exposition towards the end of the second act. This frantic pace suits the movie though, with great moments of humor interspersed throughout. These small gems crop up frequently but never take focus away from any serious scene or linger too long to break the flow that has been built up.
Jackson’s take on a younger, less grizzled, yet no less as sharp, Nick Fury plays off wonderfully against Danver’s confident, rebellious, and equally witty ways.
As with several other cosmic-based MCU entries, the space battles look gorgeous...
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8 March 2019
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