Movie Review: Captain Marvel

Nyasha Marufu, Features Editor

Marvel did it again.In their newest film, Captain Marvel, which hit theaters on March 8th, the leaders in the superhero genre hit another home run. The film’s lead character, Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson, is a strong woman whose release to the big screen coincided nicely with Women’s History Month.

The film has done well with critics, receiving an 8.3/10 on IGN, an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 65% on metacritic. These critics definitely got it right as I can honestly say that it is a great movie that works well as a setup to the next Avengers film – even though the plot of Captain Marvel takes place in the past. With a strong cast of characters, a good message, and excellent CGI action scenes, this film is worth it.

The best part of Captain Marvel is Larson, who gives a pretty amazing performance. Her role as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is truly empowering. Larson is a great actress and she seems born to play this superhero role. The supporting cast is filled with strong actors and actresses, including Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Lashana Lynch, and Ben Mendelsohn. Jackson again plays Nick Fury, though this role in this film is much larger than in the other Marvel films. Nick Fury and Captain Marvel’s interactions are downright funny to watch and it was always great to see them together on screen.

The overall action in the film was pretty good but there is room for improvement. Some of the character designs were pretty ugly in my opinion, but the CGI action scenes were creative and fun to watch. It isn’t the best action movie in the MCU, but it isn’t the worst either.
The theme of Captain Marvel, never give up on anything no matter how rough the situation is, may be sort of cliche, but it is presented in such a way that it doesn’t feel contrived. Credit this to strong writing, an inspiring female main character who viewers can see as a strong role model, and a nice mix of humor. Overall, the film does a nice job of mixing things up and Larson gives us the best female superhero lead since Gal Gadot in DC’s Wonder Woman. Overall, Captain Marvel is worth watching because of its strong cast, exciting fight scenes, and its overall appeal. Captain Marvel provides a great appetizer for the main meal we will be getting in April when Avengers Endgame comes out.