Captain Marvel (2019) stars Brie Larson as the titular superhero and Samuel L. Jackson returning to his iconic role as Nick Fury. It is a fun, breezy and simple superhero flick with relatively low stakes.
For starters, it looks amazing and has breathtaking special effects, as per the course of every Marvel movie (except Black Panther for some reason). Scenes where Captain Marvel goes full super saiyan are a real treat to the eye as she decimates her opponents in one swoop. Also, the de-aging effects done on Samuel L. Jackson are stunning, causing me to forget that he doesn’t actually look like that today.
The acting is also excellent from all fronts. Brie Larson glows (literally) as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. Her sense of humor and constant perseverance are quite charming and it’s easy to tell that she is having a blast playing the character. She smirks, cracks jokes and shows off her powers in a way that many actors could not do.
The standout, however, is the character of Maria Rambeau played by Lashana Lynch. She acts her heart out as she encounters her best friend (Carol) for the first time in six years, believing her to be dead all that time. She has a monologue where she wears her facial expressions and emotions on her sleeve and I loved every moment of it.
As for the story, I felt it to be quite predictable and formulaic. It’s very similar to Wolverine's origin: Carol has no recollection of anything that occured in her life up until six years before. As the plot begins to unfold, things happen that we saw coming a mile away. There is a part in the film where a character narrowly escapes a shootout, and just when he happily reaches his family and stands right in front of the slowly closing doors, we just knew he would get shot.
There is also a serious lack of urgency or need to further the plot beyond figuring out about Carol’s past. There is a war going on and people are being imitated by shape shifting aliens, but Nick Fury has time to cuddle with a cute kitty.
Overall, I found Captain Marvel to be quite enjoyable. It doesn’t demand much from its audience and allows them to see some flashy special effects and a charismatic lead. The story is funny and exciting, albeit predictable and by the numbers.