Larson spoke about the idea of playing a female superhero who was complex, stating that she didn't think a ideal superhero was "realistic or something aspirational at all". Paired with Jackson in the film, the duo seem to be incompatible at first, but viewers will understand why they should not be separated from each other as the film continues. The fights are confusingly shot, the shoot-outs and vehicle chases feel cheap, and the title hero, played by Brie Larson, is chill to the point of blasé. She is trained by Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), the commander of Starforce. Nobody called Wonder Woman by that name in her movie, either, and ticket sales didn't seem to suffer.
For the eponymous hero (played by Oscar victor Brie Larson) - who shoots thunderbolts from her fists, can pilot any spacecraft and actually fly unaided herself - this change of emphasis is significant.
Unlike many a Marvel superhero movie, though, "Captain Marvel" doesn't feel overstuffed, clocking in under two hours if you don't count the credits, with the requisite pair of mid-credits extra scenes. She also told us that she learned that playing a blue character meant, unfortunately, being in the makeup trailer at 3 a.m.
What Captain Marvel proves, though, is how rarely films of Black Panther's calibre come along - making the Academy's recent decision not to give it its best picture award all the more regrettable. This is when the skills of directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Mississippi Grind) really pop out from under the smothering fog of CGI and noise. The answers eventually pile up, and the film's weight finally begins to reveal itself. She needs to open herself up to a bold new mode, and the film uses that transition as an analogue of her existence as a female superhero. The film's not subtle about its pro-woman stance, but it delivers both satisfying beats and laughs on the topic without ever feeling antagonistic.
The film's most touching moment has nothing to do with the story, but comes during the opening Marvel Studios animated logo. Who can't benefit from taking a deep breath in a hard moment? Sure she discovers truths along the way, but she's the same snarky, self-satisfied fighter at the end as she is at the beginning - albeit with a little more pep in her step.
"This is like, a new thing". It is, to be honest, nearly too much for a single review to cover, and more than any one film should be forced to stand for.
Skrulls with their leader Talos (left, Ben Mendelsohn) arrive on earth.
Indeed, despite worries about the de-aging technology, a majority of critics reckon seeing a young, energetic Jackson is a large part of the film's appeal - Travers argues watching him pal about with Goose the cat, the film's other breakout star, provides much of its joy.
"Women are being represented in their best form, in their best light in this", actress Lashana Lynch told Variety's Marc Malkin at the movie's premiere. Choreography shows hints of energy and life, but it's shot too close (or cropped) and edited to death.
"We don't know much about it".
Now we know Captain America is equipped a stack of superpowers, but Captain Marvel has the courage to punch a villain square in the head, despite said villain being disguised as a friendly old lady. It's certainly on par with the 20 films that preceded it, but for viewers still perturbed by the casting of a woman please remember: Captain Marvel is not a real person, so really anyone could play them.