Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) lives on the planet Kree. Daily, she questions the many mysteries about her past, visions of which appear in her dreams. Carol travels to Earth to as part of a quest to unveil a target who is being hunted by her enemies. This film is set in the 90s before there was The Avengers.
For those who are not aware, this is a film which is profoundly connected to the Marvel/Avengers franchises. If you’re not up to date with the series, elements of this film may confuse you.
For the sake of spoilers, I won’t be diving too much into the film’s plot but more so talking about elements that I enjoyed or perhaps the parts that I did not.
Captain Marvel is a film that plunged into introducing yet another character to what is already a massive cast line up in the Marvel film universe. As we are introduced to Carol (aka Captain Marvel), we understand that she has a past unknown to both herself and the cinema audience. The film is set up as a mystery rather than a cheesy plot which provides a back story of one’s whole life. Here we are given a character with very little to no information given.
Returning to the franchise is Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and Agent Coulson. As far as plot goes, I was slightly interested in this film. But sadly I found the character of Carol/Captain Marvel to be a tad dull and overall uninteresting. Her facial expressions alone are very ‘monotone’, and the figure rarely shows any deep emotions, which is a huge disappointment considering this is the leading role. Thankfully once Carol/Captain Marvel bumps into other familiar faces we all know and love (such as Nick Fury), the film takes on a much better pace than the movie we began with.
As you would expect being a Marvel film, an outstanding job has been done when it comes to visuals. The film’s audio track is also loaded with good stuff, but I will admit that the film’s soundtrack does try a little too hard at attempting to bring back the classic tunes we all once loved from the 90s.
As for the main plot, it’s predictable and nowhere near as engaging as some of the other previous super hero’s films we’ve seen before. That being said, it’s still fun and entertaining, and it raises more curiosity and excitement for the upcoming movie, Avengers: Endgame.
Overall, this instalment delivers a new superhero to an already large franchise. Our story is predictable, and our lead is sadly, a bland character. Thankfully some of the elements are better once returning characters come into play. Sure, it’s a Marvel, and that means fun, but it’s not the strongest instalment or the strongest hero we’ve on the screen.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden