‘Captain Marvel’ is showing at the State Theatre in Ann Arbor through mid March.
By Andrew Warrick
Featured image via Marvel Studios
Captain Marvel, in her much-anticipated debut, is a soaring, spunky and inspiring heroine. It’s a shame her movie isn’t as exceptional as she is. It’s a typical Marvel flick, and probably won’t convert any new fans or surprise anyone with something unorthodox.
Though the trailers touted the still revelatory idea of a superhero film led by a woman, the movie does not address it much. It touches on the character’s battle against sexism in brief flashbacks that last mere seconds. Since they do not impact the plot, they only serve as a reminder of what could have been a unique vehicle for social change. The movie focuses more on the usual world building and heroics of this genre.
Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson, gets her own 120-plus-minute Marvel origin story, with the usual glowing weapon and world-threatening bad guy. The effects are as stellar as usual except for some garish computer-generated masks meant to de-age certain characters from previous movies. These are distracting at best and scene destroying at worst. The movie opens with a muddled, confusing plot line on an alien planet, which holds the movie back until it reaches Earth, where the real story begins. This narrative, though conventional, has its fair share of comedy and some interesting twists.
Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Lashana Lynch (Maria Rambeau) and Ben Mendelsohn (Talos) are great additions to this story, at turns both hilarious and heartwarming. Yet the highlight is Larson. She shines through the average writing, and takes flight with her charisma and bravado.
The film is worth watching for Larson’s performance alone. “Captain Marvel” will be a fan favorite and has enough heroism and charisma to hold her own against franchise mainstays like “Captain America” and “Iron Man.” One cannot help but anticipate the next time Captain Marvel will save the day. Let’s hope that then, she’s given her full due.
233 S. State St., Ann Arbor.
Showing through at least March 14
Andrew Warrick is a student at the University of Michigan. He is majoring in creative writing and history, and is a part of the Residential College. He also leads the RC’s Creative Writing Forum. When not watching movies, he loves hanging out with friends, especially in the spectacular Ann Arbor, becoming addicted to novels, and listening to Bowie records. Some of his favorite movies are “Cloud Atlas,” “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” “Twin Peaks: The Return,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Alien.”