“Captain Marvel” (2019) has a couple of weaknesses, but mostly rises above them in its second half to become an entertaining big-budget popcorn movie. It generally succeeds, and I had a lot of fun with it. I’d rate it an 8 out of 10.
At first, the movie comes off as a mild disappointment — a boilerplate, made-to-order space opera with a thin script, simplistic dialogue and sometimes average acting. (I personally don’t think that Brie Larson has the most depth or range of any actress in Hollywood.)
But the movie has a few surprises for us, both in terms of its story and its ability to win us over with humor and its sense of escapist, comic book fun. Larson does have a lot of onscreen presence and charisma, and she does fine conveying anger and urgency. She also has great deadpan comic line delivery. After seeing the film, it’s difficult for me to picture anyone else in the role.
The special effects were nothing short of fabulous. I didn’t expect to see a Marvel film with a space battle that could compete with those of the “Star Wars” franchise. The fan service and the continuity with other Marvel films is also terrific. Speaking of fan service — the Stan Lee tributes were genuinely touching. One of them was a threefold reference to Lee, Kevin Smith and the 1990’s, when the story is set. Talk about understanding how to please your target audience.
I’d recommend this.