She’s stronger than you think”- Nick Fury

Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a member of the Kree, an alien race who are in a never-ending war with the green, shape-shifting Skrulls. Plagued with dreams of someone she can’t remember, Carol ends up on Earth after being kidnapped by Skrulls. On earth, she meets a young Nick Fury, who takes her on a journey to uncover the mystery of the person in her dreams.

While the film is a standard Marvel origin film fare, the story tries to differ with the aspect of memory loss and discovering Carol’s past. The movie shifts genres between sci-fi with warring alien races and a comedic banter-filled road-trip. Though a strange mixture, it works with the light-hearted tone the film is trying to indulge whilst being complemented by larger elements. The key message in the film of individual strength is well… a little ham-fisted at times is a nice message that can be clearly seen.

The weakest aspect of the movie is the script. Brie Larson does a great job with what she’s been handed and brings a fun energy to the role, alongside comedic roles by Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelson. Struggling the most in his character is Jude Law, who gave a lacklustre performance.

The soundtrack does a great job of setting the atmosphere of a scene as well as giving energy to some of the action scenes. The start of the movie has a low atmospheric score, helping set the tone of the Kree world. When Captain Marvel arrives on earth the music shifts to the scene of the location, a mix of the 90’s best genres and more girl power centric tracks. It adds much-needed personality to the film and some scenes are greatly elevated due to its musical choice.

The CGI in the movie varies in quality wildly. Elevating Captain Marvel’s use of her powers and the Skrulls disturbing shapeshifting powers, some of the films scenes take a woeful turn, mainly in the scenes meeting with the supreme intelligence, the Kree’s leader, in a grey CGI lake world. The de-aging effects used on Nick Fury and Agent Colson, for the most part, worked well and are barely noticeable. SFA makeup is noted well on the cast of the Skrulls. The title cards at the end of the movie are a highlight of the film, particularly beautiful, using a night sky motif to great effect. The actions scenes suffer from the movie’s inconsistency, with some being amazing and fun, while others are barely followable.

Despite being inconsistent in quality, Captain Marvel is an enjoyable film which brings you along for the ride. The back and forth dialogue between Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson is a great addition to the film, as well as Goose the cat being a fun aspect. In terms of preparation for Avengers: Endgame, it’s not essential viewing but there’s enough to recommend watching for a good night.

3.5 Angry Ducks out of 5

Photo:
Carol Danvers | CAPTAIN MARVEL cos Reah by VALRO Photography available HERE and used under a Creative Commons Attribution. The image has not been modified.

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