FILM REVIEW: Captain Marvel exploits humorous dynamic between Nick Fury and lead in blend of action and comedy

By Christopher Poz, Profiles/Features Editor

Disclaimer: Minor Spoilers Ahead

Marvel’s Captain Marvel was released on March 8, 2019, and it can still be seen in theaters for a short period of time.

Captain Marvel is the first film lead by a female in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  Captain Marvel is portrayed by actress Brie Larson.  Larson does a great job of bringing the character to life on the big screen.

Captain Marvel’s appearance in the MCU was first hinted at in the post-credits scene of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

Alongside the title character is a young Nick Fury, portrayed by actor Samuel L. Jackson.  Another vital character in the film is Yon-Rogg portrayed by actor Jude Law.

Captain Marvel is regarded as the strongest character in the MCU, and this film truly displays why this is so.

The film is an origin story of Captain Marvel.  The main plot focuses on Captain Marvel trying to remember who she is while also dealing with Skrulls, or shape shifters.

There is a humorous dynamic between Captain Marvel and Nick Fury, and their relationship is an entertaining and pleasing aspect of the film.  The origin of their relationship that is revealed in this film is important because MCU fans were left with questions as to how Nick Fury knew Captain Marvel when the post-credits scene of Infinity War was shown.

The film is a perfect blend of comedy, action, and pleasant storytelling.  The plot is appealing, and not quite what is expected at first.  However, the origin story falls a bit flat as the film does not go too much in depth with it.  More could have been done to truly develop the origin story aspect.  The visual and special effects are creative and pleasing to the eye.  While the film is good and entertaining, it ranks among the middle tier of MCU films.

Captain Marvel is a great character to be the first female lead in an MCU film as she displays courage, strength, and determination.  Many audiences were thrilled to have such an empowering female character and superhero as the lead.

Captain Marvel’s next appearance will be in Avengers: Endgame coming to theaters on April 26, 2019.

The following are reviews from Verbum Dei’s finest:

Eddie-Joe Vieyra, Theology Department

It sort of not-so-overtly deals with the common experience of women in some ways.  There’s an instance at the end when a man, [Captain Marvel’s] commander, is trying to trick her into proving herself to him.  If you ask women, men will always do that in places of business.  You would not ask a guy to do the same thing.  She puts herself into situations where she can be ridiculed by men.  She always overcomes that, so she overcomes the stereotypes that are part of the limits that guys put on her all throughout the film.  It’s very liberating for women to watch and for young girls to watch to see that they are more capable of doing much more than whatever stereotypes we’ve had for women for a long time.  I thought it was okay.  Of the Marvel films, I don’t think it was one of the best, but I think it’s one of the better Marvel films.  It feels like it was a bit rushed in terms of the background.  I would’ve liked them to do a bit more – like flesh her character out a little more.  You have the first female lead in a Marvel film, I think they could’ve spent more time with it. All in all, it was cool, and the fight scenes were cool.  I like Brie Larson – she’s great.  I’m excited to see what she does in Avengers: Endgame.

Gerardo Santos, Junior

It empowers women; however, they did nerf the character from the comics.  She is a lot stronger in the comics.  Overall, a good movie though.

Clifton Dutton, Senior

I noticed it was a movie based upon women’s success and how women also have the ability to do whatever men are able to do.  In fact, even better by the way Captain Marvel was able to take on her own crew who basically raised her to be able to control her powers.  She was able to overcome them and to defeat them by herself while also protecting a whole world of people and keeping them hidden and safe. Basically, it goes against sexism and shows how women can also influence society today just as much as men can.

Mayra Rodriguez, Student Counselor

I enjoyed it.  I like movies that have action and a superhero, especially because the superhero was a woman.  It was a great movie. It kept me interested the entire time.  The story – even though sometimes a little predictable – it wasn’t at some points. It was surprising to learn the new things as the movie evolved.  The effects were great.  Overall, I think it was a good movie.  It wasn’t too much talking, it was 50/50 action and talking, which I really enjoy.  I thought it was a great movie, and I hope they keep making movies like that.  Women can be superheroes too.  It was a good role for her, and the actress did a really good job.  I was happy to see a woman was playing a role like that, and she was tough.

Anthony Valentine, Senior

The movie overall was pretty good.  They made Captain Marvel pretty cringy at times though.  She tried to crack too many jokes.  Besides that, the plot was good, the rising action was pretty good, and the twist was pretty good.  Pretty good movie overall, solid 8.5.

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