Captain Marvel is the XNUMXst film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The cast includes B in the lead role, accompanied by Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregge Jude Law. The film was released in Italy on March 6, while two days later it made its debut in the United States.
This is undoubtedly a controversial film, which has undergone one of the most aggressive boycott attempts following false stories about Brie Larson, who only claims to have expressed the right concepts wrongly in the conferences of his previous film. Despite the work of people angry about something untrue, the film hit the box office, earning sixth place for the best opening weekend (worldwide). In the future, I suggest to Brie Larson to agree his amazing sentences with a press officer who can rewrite his (very right) concepts in a truly inclusive form. After the disputes, let's analyze the film!
Plot of Captain Marvel
In Hala, the capital of the empire kree, Vers is part of the Starforce, a powerful team of noble warriors led by his mentor and commander Yon-Rogg. Vers does not remember anything of her past, but as the Supreme Intelligence, leader of the Kree reminds him, they have endowed her with incredible powers and for this she must serve her people. During a Starforce mission, in which Korath and Minn-Erva also participate, they are attacked by gods Skrull, shape-shifting aliens in perpetual war with the Kree, who kidnap Vers. The latter is subjected to a mental interrogation by Talos, in an attempt to locate a light-speed engine hidden on a planet, vital to the Skrulls. In addition to this, part of Vers's past is revealed, which wakes up and, after a battle, falls to the planet where the engine that the Skrulls are looking for is present: Earth, in 1995.
The plot appears very simple, predictable and even a little banal. With over 40 years of Carol Danvers publications available, something better could be done. We only think of Tony Stark's character, so different from the comic and so successful that it has led to a change in the comic book universe too. Narrated in this way, the origin story of Captain Marvel is the same as that of Green Lantern, which is absurd if you think of the two characters.
The very character of Captain Marvel, unlike what has been said in the presentation article, it is particularly weakened compared to its paper version. There is no connection to the white hole and all the powers that come from it (although some small flash remains).
Captain Marvel characters and cast
An exceptional cast leads a widely improved script and plot, saving the film in a masterly way. Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, the two main characters in the film, deserve special praise. Remarkable, at the production level, Jackson's perpetual rejuvenation, which must have required considerable effort.
Find all my disappointment, despite an Annette Carol Bening in splendid shape, the sex change of the character of Mar-Vell. By my nature, I find that all gender / ethnicity changes are wrong. The fact that this choice has political connotations leads me to digest it even less. I find Jude Law to be the only positive aspect of the role of Yon-Rogg, a flat character like a surfboard.
Direction and Photography
As for the directorial and photographic aspect, the film does not emerge either positively or negatively. However, a few moments, especially in space, appear well built and will leave the viewer breathless.
Fortunately, the soundtrack is another matter entirely. Composed by Pinar Toprak, the first female composer of the MCU, with the addition of several songs from the 90s (decade of setting of the film), she proves to be pressing and suggestive.
After forcing Rotten Tomatoes to close the pre-release reviews of the film, the reception was all in all positive. Currently, the user score is just 53%. Metacritic instead brings the appreciation score to a good 64%. It seems that, indeed, there was no need for a boycott towards a film whose mediocrity is there for all to see.
Captain Marvel, following in the wake of the latest Marvel films, is a film that does not shine particularly. The not too subtle feminist theme is interesting but, unfortunately, absolutely insufficient to arouse more than a few smiles. The film is generally flat and predictable. The protagonist, despite being presented as full of flaws, does not show any details and behaves like anyone who had powers equal to hers. Can it work as a character? We will only find out by continuing to watch the MCU movies. In general it is worth the ticket price but, unfortunately, it is a film that looks more for completeness than for real interest.
Given the origin of her powers, which we don't write to avoid spoilers, I'm curious to see her against Thanos.