Captain Marvel: It’s a “Lose/Lose” Situation

So Marvel’s Captain Marvel releases this weekend, and I think it goes without saying that..this one’s a controversy. The film tells the story of Carol Danvers, a stoic, witty, and occasionally sarcastic heroine. All things that we’d assume would make for an interesting protagonist, right? Well, let’s pause for just a moment. We all know that this is not Marvel’s first rodeo when it comes to telling origin stories. Hell, we’ve seen well over a dozen at this point. They’ve cracked an immaculate formula with characters like Tony Stark (Downey), Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), and the most recent, the Black Panther himself (Chadwick Boseman). Now all three of these have something in common. They’re men? NO! No, damn it. They’re extremely likable characters. In 2017, Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot brought us a character to the big screen we know and love called “Wonder Woman”. She brought charisma, she brought bravery, but above all else, she gave us a reason to invest in her. She commanded the screen, stealing every frame she was in. Throughout the majority of the MCU franchise, we’ve seen characters such as Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Valkyrie, and so many more deliver powerful performances in their roles. But here in 2019, something about Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel just simply doesn’t do it for me. The script, while not boring by any stretch, feels like it plays it all too safe in many regards. It delivers a handbag (or two) of cheeky 90’s callbacks, some clever banter between Samuel L. Jackson and Larson (which, in my opinion, saves a lot of Larson’s truly boring screen presence), and a fairly cool villain and action sequences. But the bottom line is this..Captain Marvel never SOLD me. You see, what makes a hero/heroine just that, is two fold. On one hand, they’re beautifully powerful, and awesome beyond belief. But on the other? They’re relatable. They are compelling, and feel of this earth. They drive the motion picture they’re in, and demand your full attention. Sadly, Larson just didn’t do that for me. I know this isn’t the last we will see of this character, and for the sake of the MCU as a whole, I truly pray she grows into the character. Not only for her sake, but for Endgame and beyond. For decent story, cheeky 90’s nostalgia, and overall a mediocre lead, I give Captain Marvel a 5.5/10. Oh, remember when I said this one was controversial? That’s because apparently if I’m a white male, I’m not allowed to say I “dislike” anything female led in 2019. Despite the fact that last year’s Annihilation (damn near all women) was my favorite movie of the year. I digress. Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you guys enjoy this one in theaters.

Peep, out 👋🏼

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