Captain Marvel, 7.5/10, for those who are not avid followers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the answer to the question “who was Fury trying so desperately to pager before his death at end of Avengers: Infinity War”. However Captain Marvel as a film is prequel to the whole Avengers franchise (First Avenger excluded) and to Nick Fury (Samuel. L Jackson). The eponymous hero herself is played brilliantly by Brie Larson. Narratively it is easy enough to follow without having any prior knowledge of the series. I think what makes the Marvel Universe so successful is that it knows how to tread that thin line between appealing to both comic book fans and casual viewers alike.
As a stand-alone Marvel film it works well – not as well as some of my personal favourites – but it still serves it’s purpose. And as for an origin story for the pre-mentioned three elements it is thoroughly entertaining. Watching Carol Danvers become Captain Marvel against a 90’s back drop was lively and enjoyable. The CGI work used to de-age Samuel L Jackson’s is so great that after seeing it for five minutes it becomes totally unnoticeable and you just feel as though you’re watching an old Sam Jackson movie.
Surprisingly I found Captain Marvel to be one of the funnier Marvel films. The subtle 90’s throwback humour had me in stitches and the playful banter between Captain Marvel and Fury was enjoyable. The only element of this film I found issue with was Jude Law, now I like Jude Law’s filmography but there was something about his role here that irritated me.
On a whole this films holds up despite the negativity surrounding it in the media. Now, whilst I’m on that point, if you don’t believe that a female should play this lead but then can happily go along with the idea of superheroes then you are a fool. Brie Larson has done a remarkable job on this film and has fuelled me with excitement for what is to come in Avengers: Endgame.
Entertainment (of its Genre): 8/10
Overall rating….. 7.5/10