Captain Marvel Review: What Critics Think About ‘Captain Marvel’

What Critics Think About 'Captain Marvel'
Captain Marvel Review What Critics Think About 'Captain Marvel'

Captain Marvel Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ flies into cinemas this weekend – marking the 21st feature from Marvel Studios. But the very first one to place a female in the leading role, a move that has led to countless debates across the internet and among critics.

In reviewing ‘Captain Marvel,’ which stars Brie Larson, ‘THR’s‘ own Todd McCarthy calls the film the “cinematic equivalent of brick and mortar” and suggests,

“Goodwill toward this new franchise, in particular, will probably grant the film a pass from most fans. But the storytelling is perfunctory at best:
The characters are not dramatically introduced with any sense of interest or intrigue. The writing, dialogue, and direction are pedestrian, and the visuals are sometimes, albeit not always, Muddy.”

Matt Singer of ‘ScreenCrush’ echoes McCarthy’s sentiments and laments the work of the directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck saying,

“It’s not all what you would expect from Boden and Fleck. Who are best known for character-driven indies like Half Nelson and Sugar that probe deep into the psyches of their heroes.”

“In Captain Marvel, despite a scene where aliens literally probe into the psyche of their her. The never quite licked the problem of a lead character who doesn’t know who is until the film’s final act.”

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The direction isn’t the only element of the film that receives criticism. The writing also gets a slap on the wrist with ‘Empire’s’ Helen O’Hara musing,

“There’s a lot to absorb – a few pauses in the first act might have been welcome. And the film is so anxious to emphasize Danvers’ toughness that it sometimes forgots to allow us to glimpse her inner life and (presumable) insecurities. It’s a good thing that Larson is both gifted and charismatic, or she’d be a little dull.”

‘Time Out’s’ Joshua Rothkopf notes not only Danvers lack of presence. But the lack of powerful feminism the film has been promoting. Says Rothkopf,

“Scenes between Fury and Larson’s Carol Danvers, rediscovering her human past, are oddly inert. And the film’s much-vaunted feminism promised in months of run-up advertising and interviews get short-shrift.”

Meanwhile, Glen Weldon of ‘NPR’ was quite measured in his analysis of the superhero flick writing,

“We have arrived at a cultural moment when audiences enter a million-dollar superhero blockbuster with a set of tacit expectations, a series of boxes to be checked. And Captain Marvel dutifully checks them.”

“And if that sounds less than ambitious, consider the very real and substantial sense of satisfaction that a well-checked box engenders. It’s not surprising, no. But it’s not nothing.”

‘Captain Marvel’ opens in theaters this weekend.