Spoiler-Free Captain Marvel Review

Spolier-Free Review Captain Marvel

Today I offer you a spoiler-free review of Captain Marvel. In true B3 fashion, here is the Good, the Badass, and the Ugly.

Details:

Directors:

Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

The Good

  • The Stan tribute is touching and deserved.
  • The 90s nostalgia is enjoyable.
  • The dialogue is funny.
  • Captain Marvel kicks ass
  • A female MCU female lead was overdue

The Badass

  • The film has an amazing mid-90s soundtrack.
  • The 90’s nostalgia
  • Brie Larson is funny and effortless on screen.
  • Ben Mendelsohn is hilarious and cool as Talos

The Ugly

  • The plot is beyond weak, to the point of being ludicrous (see below, minor spoilers).
  • Samuel L. Jackson is fun to watch and amusing, but it isn’t Nick Fury. He isn’t even close to the badass we see in the other MCU films. A badass that was carved over a lifetime, not after an adventure in the mid 90s.
  • Sorry, but Goose is doofy and over the top.
  • Captain Marvel seems too little too late to be considered a victory for feminism/diversity. The African American actors are still relegated to support roles. I’m not trying to downplay the first female MCU lead role, but it should have happened years ago, not weeks before the story wraps up. Marvel could also have risked the nerd rage to present a more diverse actress.

Don’t get me wrong, Captain Marvel is a fun excuse to eat popcorn; but a lazy plot and the campy over the top comedy makes it just another superhero flick. It feels like a hastily constructed attempt to cram Captain Marvel into the MCU before Endgame. If Captain Marvel is a triumph for feminism/diversity, then we have set the bar very low. Despite my criticisms, I had fun watching this movie.

Mild Spoiler Section

  • Ronin literally uses faster than light speed to reach Earth in minutes. Why do we need slow (by MCU standards) light speed?
  • Why wouldn’t Fury have summoned CM when Earth was invaded the first time? The more movies you add to the MCU the more plot holes you’ll create.

Want More Captain Marvel?
Marvel’s Captain Marvel: The Art of the Movie
Entertainment Weekly The Ultimate Guide to Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel The Official Movie Special

 

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