Film Reviews by Ben Silverman '20

Captain Marvel

Release date: March 8, 2019

      Captain Marvel, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, stars Brie Larson in the next chapter of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe… or previous chapter. It takes place in the 1980s, and shows MCU fans the start of the Avengers Initiative. For any Marvel fan, this is a must watch. Apart from the movie-going merits of watching it, to fully understand the end of the current MCU hero saga in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, this is a definite movie to see. Although not exactly what I expected, when I left the theater I was satisfied. This isn’t a great movie, there are many better Marvel movies, but it does give us a peek into what we’ll see in Endgame. Brie Larson does great, being the first female lead in a Marvel movie is a big task to handle, but she seemed intimidated on screen. As big as her role is in the greater picture, this wouldn’t be great for the finale. She needs to take up the screen, be a captain figure. She seemed like she was timid, non-intimidating and meek in Captain Marvel.

    Aside from the acting and plot merit, this will definitely get nominated for at least one Oscar. Unlike Black Panther, it won’t be Best Picture - but instead for Visual Effects. The deaging CGI work done on Samuel L. Jackson, playing a much younger Nick Fury (with two eyes this time), is absolutely incredible. I barely noticed it, and when the movie really gets going, it’s almost indiscernible from the other characters. The more obvious effects are also top tier, nothing that we don’t expect from Marvel. They do a wonderful job of making it look complicated and powerful, while not leaving us with much to examine. The effects used on Brie Larson's character are perfectly animated, but you never get too good of a look at them. Although something minimal, it does speak to the direction. They gave us a peak at what Captain Marvel can do, but still want to keep most of her powers and how important she can be hidden. 

      The plot is a standard Marvel story. Although I won’t go too deep into the actual content, it follows their standard for their single character movies. The purpose of this movie was to introduce us to this character, not show us how she fits into the MCU. I was disappointed with that. Many people, myself included, looked forward to seeing more of the Avengers universe and although it was interesting to see the beginning of the Avengers Initiative, it doesn’t quite give us what we were looking for. Compared to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it is extremely disappointing. The Winter Soldier is viewed as one of the best MCU movies, as it gives us more of the character development of Captain America and ties itself into the many other Marvel characters. It introduces us to Black Panther, which came out a few years later and begins to show us the huge side plot of Tony Stark and Stark Industries. This movie takes a single character, and many things that we’ve never heard of and barely ties in the side plots of Stark, the main plot of The Snappening and how Captain Marvel will help the other heros and heroins restore half the world's population. Since this takes place in the 1980’s, it would be almost perfectly placed to tie into the deaths of Tony Stark's parents. If they did this, they could tie that into Captain America and the Winter Soldier, Stark and Stark Industries as well as the beginning of The Avengers. This would be so much better than the story that they portrayed. It would give us Captain Marvel as well as more character development of both Stark and Captain America and their conflict.

    Although not what I was hoping or looking for, Captain Marvel is a great movie. Effects, cast and overall production was great and although the plot was a little on the weak side, it was entertaining and I wasn’t ever bored or disinterested while watching it. With only around 2 months until Endgame releases, this is definitely a must see for any Marvel or moviegoing fan.