Directed by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Written by: screenplay by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet
(story by) Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Featuring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Jude Law, Clark Gregg
Carol Danvers from Earth is taken to another galaxy because she absorbs the energy from a new drive being developed and due to this becomes one of the universe’s most powerful beings.
I’m not a fan of Marvel films this much is obvious if you read my reviews, but I do like the acting and ability of Brie Larson. Plus, I am a virtue signally soy-boy so I like the messages given to people of colour or women through these stories and films. It is a huge positive.
Unfortunately I do have to lump myself in with all the withered, dark-hearted, non-thinking, fan-boys out there who did not like Captain Marvel. Not because a woman, horror upon horror, plays the lead, not because another woman who is….whisper it…black plays her pilot friend, but mainly because in all honesty this is not a good film.
Captain Marvel for all it’s fun and colour and excitement and the excellent message that the female of our species can be as good as anyone, that compassion for those seeking shelter and safety is a good thing, that to not always judge everything on appearances are worthy and great messages to put across, but because they are delivered in a ham-fisted manner that grates even the soy-boy in me. All very commendable but surely talented directors, writers and actors can come up with better, more interesting, subtle and entertaining ways to get the messages across. This seemed very childish and simple in places. Perhaps not respecting your audience?
There are couple of inspiring speeches near the end of the movie that were only missing a soap box and cheering crowds. It did not feel natural, nor did it seem to evolve from the story and characters, it seemed, as much as each set piece did, to be wedged into the story with a large hammer. Not a natural feeling at all.
Brie Larson is of course good in a limited role of jokey, super-ace pilot, who lives a lie on another planet, luckily Jude Law and his space-buddies have exactly the same sense of humour and style of living as we do on the planet Earth, or the Americans do at least. When is Marvel actually going to make aliens, good or bad, alien? It’s a huge failing.
The CGI, a mainstay of any Marvel film, is a bit hit and miss throughout the story and with some of the physics on display, particularly in crashing aircraft, it just looks what is it, made up of pixels and great artwork, but not real.
There is an attempt at humour and wise-crackery which so makes me hate Iron Man and like Spider Man and Guardian of the Galaxy but it falls between those two stools here, neither being annoying nor particularly funny although at times it is badly judged and out of place.
So, what we have here is apparently the most powerful and indestructible ‘hero’ in the Marvel Universe that basically puts paid to the rest of them. She is unbeatable but having said that, facing up to the all-powerful, only two weapons, quickly give-up Ronan the Accuser, she need not have been. What a dweeby final villain.
What I did find interesting and would have happily watched for a couple of hours was the development of Samuel L. Jackson’s character Nick Fury, that gave him a long back story, showed you how he started and why and was fun and interesting.
So, Captain Marvel, like Wonder Women, was a great idea with great ideals, values and messages to give its audience, but unlike Wonder Women it fluffed its lines. What could have been a good film was a sprawling mishmash, of the good, mundane and bad and wasted a lot of talent into the bargain.
Having said a film with two directors, and three screen play writers maybe is trying to prove that too many cooks do indeed spoil the broth, even a tasty broth.