Review sentiment on individual Captain Marvel actors and characters:
|Samuel L. Jackson||Very positive|
|Note: Sentiment analysis performed by Google Natural Language Processing.|
Summary:After crashing an experimental aircraft, Air Force pilot Carol Danvers is discovered by the Kree and trained as a member of the elite Starforce Military under the command of her mentor Yon-Rogg. Six years later, after escaping to Earth while under attack by the Skrulls, Danvers begins to discover there’s more to her past. With help from S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury, they set out to unravel the truth. Source: IMDB
Full-text transcript of Captain Marvel review:
I’m going to end it. Hey, guys, Jimmy, you hear from Joe
Blow ready to talk about the latest from the MCU? That’s right. Captain Marvel
is here. Just about 10 years ago, movie fans were introduced to Robert Downey
Jr. s take on Iron Man. Since then, the MCU has introduced numerous characters
and gathered them all together and one of the most successful film series ever
imagine. And this year brings us Captain Marvel, the story of an unassuming
young pilot named Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson, who has developed
superhuman strength and a number of other goodies to make her one of the most
powerful superheroes alive. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the new film
takes a slightly different approach when it comes to its villains and heroes.
In fact, while there are a number of exciting chase sequences, the focus here
really is on Carol and ultimately her relationship with those around her. This
includes a military commander named John Raag, Jude Law, as well as her best
friend, Maria Rambo, Lashonda Lynch.
When we first meet Carol, she’s part of a team looking to
take down a group of shapeshifting aliens called the scrolls. However, when she
is captured by one of them, a seemingly dangerous leader named TALOS, played by
Ben Mendelsohn, they attempt to gain information from her. While there, she
begins to have a spark of memory of who she was before. And when she has the
opportunity to escape, she finds herself on a journey to save the planet from a
dangerous group of aliens as well as their accomplices. This includes a
dazzling return to the 90s, where Carroll was just a pilot not able to conjure
incredible powers. During that time, she finds comfort in her own past
relations. It also leads to a couple of very familiar and much younger looking
MCU favorites. Nick Fury and Agent Coulson have never looked better.
Perhaps most importantly, she reunites with her old friend,
Maria Rambow, another character comic book fans will be familiar with, who in
turn helps her on her current mission. As far as Brie Larson is concerned, the
actress is a fine choice to bring Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, to life. When
we first meet her, she’s already a force to be reckoned with. She works
alongside an alien race called the Kreese, which of course includes Jude Law as
the previously mentioned genre. However, even then, Larson brings the character
to a grounded and confident level, one that nearly always feels quite human and
honest. Unfortunately, she doesn’t always stand out when it comes to some of
the action sequences, albeit the stunt team around her makes it work well
enough. This is an action hero that is heavily aided by special effects and
stunt work. So there is nothing radically new or exciting here.
Thankfully, Miss Larson handles the more dramatic journey
quite well. So ultimately it comes together. Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are
interesting names to add to the list of directors involved in the MCU. The two
come from unassuming and independent projects like Half Nelson with Ryan
Gosling, the baseball drama Sugar and the Zach Galifianakis charmer. It’s kind
of a funny story. Their focus on character and story creates an interesting and
yet not always successful take on the popular superhero formula. While this
approach works at times well enough, the first half of Captain Marvel struggles
to find the right tone, and the reveal of her past feels a bit clunky. It was a
different take on the Origin story as I explain her backstory like a mystery
waiting to be revealed. However, it is a mystery that takes a bit too long to
uncover, even though it is very clear where it will ultimately lead. In fact,
considering the runtime is just over two hours, which is relatively short for a
recent blockbuster, the first act is kind of dull and jumbled. Carol’s
introduction attempts to add something unique to this particular tale, but all
too often fails to really invest the viewer. However, early in the second act,
we start to get a better sense of the direction they are going when it comes to
the supporting cast. There are a ton of good performances here. Clark Gregg has
a bit of fun playing a young and slightly naïve version of Coalson.
Jude Law shares a terrific connection with Larson, and
Lashonda Lynch gives the movie a ton of heart as Maria. It’s interesting that
the best scenes in the film revolve around the two old friends. And since much
of this takes place a couple of decades ago, there are a number of cool
sequences spread throughout. And this includes a clever throwback to the 90s in
an old blockbuster video store. And then there is a one on screen relationship
that actually rivals Maria and Carol. Let’s just say that every single moment
that Samuel L. Jackson spends with Gousse, the cat, well, it’s pretty
appealing. And that feline pretty much steals every single scene he’s in.
Ultimately, Captain Marvel continues to open up the franchise with a few new
characters to add to the universe. And Brie Larson gives yet another solid
performance as a hero, unsure of her own strength as well. The girl power
element will likely appeal to a whole new group of fans, as Wonder Woman did
for DC. And then there is a cat who I hope becomes a regular in them to you.
And while you can certainly appreciate the heart that Fleck and Boden give it,
the film occasionally suffers from an uneven and challenging first act.
While the action is certainly enticing, only a couple of the
massive set pieces really stand out in my memory. The chase on the train was an
enjoyable mix of big screen thrills and humor and perhaps one of the best
moments in the film now a. May not be the best in the series, especially with a
clumsy and sometimes frustratingly dull first act, but this story definitely
offers up a few worthy moments and a couple of cool characters to add into the mix.
And for those longing for the 90s, the music and the nostalgia for another
period of time, add yet another level to the film. A soundtrack is absolutely
terrific. And for those wondering, the opening dedication to Stanley in the
Marvel logo will bring tears to your eyes. Logit bringing tissue. Captain
Marvel may not be the most thrilling adventure in the MCU filmography, but it’s
likely to please a ton of fans looking for a little bit of empowerment and
inspiration. I’m giving Captain Marvel a seven out of 10. Thanks for listening
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So scrolls are the bad guys.
And you’re free, a race of noble war heroes, noble warrior
Your life began the day it nearly ended. With no memory we
made to. So you could live longer, stronger. Superior.
Something in my past is the key to all of this. You know how
to fly this thing. We’ll see. That’s a yes or no question. Yes. What aren’t you
telling me? You’ve come a long way, but you think.
I’m going to end it. I see the cutest little thing on
YouTube. What’s your name, Gearing’s. I’ll be back.
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