By: Dylan Frazier
Even with the Rotten Tomatoes brigade of negative interviews of the latest MCU movie, Captain Marvel proves once again that they can make anything work. Although it does have some issues early on in the film, Captain Marvel is fantastic and a lot of fun after the first 30 minutes.
This movie is much different than what we have seen in the past from the MCU, but in a good way. It focuses more on the cosmic side of the world and most of the movie is in space. It reminded of Guardians of the Galaxy with more serious tones. It worked and it is good to have something different.
Our story begins on Hala, home of the Kree, where we see Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) fighting alongside the Kree soldiers against the Skrulls. Danvers soon gets captured and lands on planet C-53, or what we call Earth. That is when the movie really starts to find its groove.
Brie Larson was fantastic as the lead of this movie. With her quick wit and her development throughout the film, she was great on-screen. She starts out as person with amazing power but doesn’t know how to use it. By the end, she is pretty much the strongest person in the entire galaxy. Larson was surprisingly funny in this film as well, which I wasn’t expecting.
The movie did have its flaws, as stated above. The first half-hour is kind of clunky and seems to jump from place to place quickly. It is a lot of Kree and Skrull exposition to provide background for the movie. Most origin stories do this, so it wasn’t a surprise, but I wish it would have been a little quicker to the point.
But Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) stole the show in this movie. It feels like Mendelsohn plays the villain in almost every movie he’s ever been in, but he was great in this movie. He was very enigmatic and provided great scenes in the film. His motivations were very believable, and he was easy to root for in the film.
With great visuals and great laughs, Captain Marvel is a lot of fun to see in theaters. The Easter eggs in the movie are enough to go see it as it ties a lot up in the timeline. Not to mention the very touching tribute to the late Stan Lee. I really loved the soundtrack in this movie, even more than Guardians of the Galaxy, something I never thought I’d ever say.
With all that being said, bring on Avengers: Endgame.