New Superhero Movie Fails to Marvel

By Christian North, Staff Writer

It's been nearly a year since Infinity War’s snap heard around the world, and we saw our first teaser for the Captain Marvel movie. Now it's finally out. But is it worthy of the after-credit scene in Infinity War?

Co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who are behind movies such as Sugar, Half Nelson, and It's Kind of Funny, Captain Marvel is their first step into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and their first big budget blockbuster.

Sadly, Captain Marvel as played by Oscar winner Brie Larson, is bland, uninspired, and overcomes challenges much too easily. To the movie’s benefit, her co-stars make up for her lack of personality. Maria Rambeau, a character played by Lashana Lynch, gives a more convincing performance than Larson. Samuel L. Jackson plays a younger Nick Fury who is more laid back than in Captain America 2 and The Avengers.

Since this is a Marvel movie, it is filled to the brim with CGI, which for the most part is convincing and looks great. However, during the opening 15-20 minutes of the movie, most of the sets are made mostly of CGI, which takes away from the experience. Luckily, this problem is solved when it changes its location to Earth.

There are also such problems as a heavily inconsistent tone. Captain Marvel’s character is made out to be strong and serious, but out of nowhere she will crack a joke for no reason. The movies struggles at times with its comedy because though some of the jokes are well thought out and funny, others you can see coming a mile away and fall flat when delivered.

For the most part, Captain Marvel is an average Marvel movie, one that is not too different from most of the MCU origin story movies like Ant Man, Dr. Strange, and the first Thor movie. The movie also shares connections to The Guardians of The Galaxy movies, though it won't ruin the movie if you haven't seen them.

Captain Marvel’s setting is well thought out and looks great, easily convincing people it is in the  90’s . Tracks from the time period are also used, but sometimes the music feels out of place. When two characters are having a serious conversation,  Come as You Are by Nirvana playing in the background feels inappropriate given the tone of the scene. There are a few instances, however, where the music is used to enhance what is happening on screen, such as when there is an energetic and exciting fight scene set to I’m Just a Girl by No Doubt.  

Captain Marvel feels as if it's trying to be Guardians of The Galaxy or Iron Man, but it falls short of being as good as either of those movies. The most I can say for Captain Marvel is that it is simply fun to watch. Though the movie is far from perfect, there is a lot to enjoy. Captain Marvel manages to captivate the viewer until the after-credit scene plays out. It earns a 6.5/10.