To be honest, I wasn’t eager to see this movie.
I was kinda ambivalent. I have Marvel Fatigue. Actually, I could care less about the whole superhero genre right now. Not because it’s bad, or anything, the formula is just kinda played out.
I think the only superhero movie I’m at all interested in right now is Aquaman, and that’s just because I’m a bit obsessed with the ocean.
Still, I went and saw Captain Marvel with my mom last week and was pleasantly surprised.
That is not to say that it is a perfect movie. I think it’s made worse by some of the politics surrounding it. I don’t like being preached at, and I don’t like being told who or what I should look up to or want to be like. There, I’ve said my peace.
Still, I think it’s only fair to accept a piece of art for what it is, and not expect it to be something it can’t be.
As a comic-book adaptation, Captain Marvel’s only real purpose is to be entertaining, exciting, and to build on the existing world. It did all those things well. The first two better than the first.
Let’s focus on the negatives first, and get them out of the way because I really did enjoy the movie. It was a good movie-going experience and sometimes a movie doesn’t have to offer more.
Firstly, let me say that with as many movies under their belt as they have, you have to expect that Marvel is going to start winging it sooner or later. There are going to be plot-holes, inconsistencies, and yes… retcons. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but Captain Marvel throws in a lot of new information in this movie. And some of it just doesn’t make a ton of sense in perspective to the rest of the series.
I get it. I really do. But… this is marvel we are talking about. Disney. And if they could have made this movie without me having to stretch my believability would be better.
Same with the preachiness. It does get a bit much at points. Two points in particular push it a bit much. Once again, I understand. And as a woman I do appreciate a female-led superhero movie.
My final issue was with the climax. It started off good, but once it got going it lost all sense of stakes. That was simply an issue of having an over-powered protagonist. While there may be some people who enjoy that, I honestly felt like the movie was over at that point.
Now for the good points.
As I mentioned before, the movie was everything it was supposed to be. The action scenes were fun. The humor was present without being overwhelming. The characters were multifaceted and believable. Visually it was stunning. The nostalgia was a great aspect.
While it was a it predictable, the plot twist was well done enough that it was still the best part (in my opinion) of the film. And seeing the character growth in the lead from then on was great.
Oh, and that cat was awesome.
I think my absolute favorite portion of the film was the first real action sequence. I have this thing for well-functioning tactical teams, and this one hit the spot.
What about you? Have you seen it? Did you enjoy it? If not, what is your favorite Marvel movie?