Surprisingly, I really enjoyed Captain Marvel. I came into it with low expectations for the movie and even lower ones for Brie Larson, but both proved me wrong. It’s a fun movie, it has great action sequences and it sets up nicely Avengers: Endgame.
My main concern about this film was Brie Larson. I was afraid her performance will not connect emotionally with the audience, but that wasn’t the case. She feels a bit robotic and badass / “too cool for school” sometimes, but it works in this scenario. Not 100% sold on her, but I liked her performance. (Side note: after I saw the movie I watched a couple of her interviews and that “I don’t like her” feeling is still there, so I guess she did a great job portraying the part, if it was enough to like her, even for a bit)
The other characters were much more fun to watch. Young Nick Fury is adorable, especially seeing his relationship with Goose. It was a huge difference from the the grumpy man we know now. Ben Mendelsohn also gave a strong performance, with a cool mix of mean and funny. Annette Bening was lovely as the mother figure for Carol Danvers, and Jude Law had an interesting character arc (damn, he is everywhere these days, right? Captain Marvel, Fantastic Beasts, King Arthur, and so on).
The storyline was interesting, although the whole alien / skrulls bit felt too Science Fiction for me, but overall I enjoyed it, especially the twist at the middle point. It was cool to see how she came into her powers, although I don’t get how she is one of, if not the most powerful Avenger. Judging from what I’ve seen, Vision seems more powerful, and Scarlet Witch has a similar type of power to hers. Oh well, Endgame will probably tell us more. The first after credit scene is tied to the Avengers movie, so make sure you stay to watch it.
The soundtrack included a lot of 90s classics and after hearing a couple of them, whenever another one would start, I would wonder how much did it cost to get them all cleared for this movie? They probably spent millions on this.
In the end, Captain Marvel is an enjoyable superhero movie that sets up the story nicely for Endgame, where she will probably have a big part in. Not the most likeable or fun character in the Marvel universe, but a cool addition to the team.