Marvel brings another superhero movie to the big screen and everyone cheers in joy. Oh, wait, maybe not everyone. An online campaign wants Captain Marvel to fail. Why? Leading lady Brie Larson stated something about inclusivity, which some people online took for a statement against all white men. Some people want this film to fail; others want it to succeed wildly like Black Panther. Neither contingent gets what they want. Instead, what we get is an entertaining but flawed film.
In Captain Marvel, we meet Vers (Larson), a Kree warrior who has no memory of her past prior to six years ago. When shapeshifting Skrulls ambush her team and Vers is captured, she’s taken to a planet named C-53, which happens to be Earth. Escaping the Skrulls, she meets Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the fun begins.
Captain Marvel does some things very well. As with many Marvel films, the use of humor helps charm us into going along for the ride. Larson and Jackson, who’s been de-aged digitally to fit the 1990s period, trade quips as they team up to find the Skrulls. The two share an easygoing chemistry. Plenty of jokes about the ‘90s and Fury dealing with space aliens land, especially jokes about a cat named Goose.
The performance by Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau lands as well. She’s best friend to Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, who disappeared six years earlier. Her reaction to seeing her missing friend again helps bring some emotional weight to the movie. One of the best things in the movie is Ben Mendelsohn. Mendelsohn, who has appeared in several high-profile films as the villain (Ready Player One, Rogue One), gets to have fun in this movie creating a memorable character.
The bad things in the film really come with script and direction. So many characters and plot elements feel stuffed into the story. Not all of them work, though the Skrulls turn out to be one of the best plot elements. The movie lacks the visual vibrancy that Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok and even Avengers: Infinity War offers. It feels pale by comparison.
The internet may try to claim this movie as the worst or the best movie ever. It’s neither. Captain Marvel is just a fun popcorn movie that the whole family can enjoy. And yes, Marvel finally bringing a female-led superhero film also deserves some excitement.