The fights are confusingly shot, the shoot-outs and auto chases feel cheap, and the title hero, played by Brie Larson, is chill to the point of blasé.
"Captain Marvel", the first Marvel adaptation both to star a woman and to be co-directed by a woman, is an obvious, crude, and transparent film. The trailer of the film has been received well and the buzz around it is also quite good.
A remake of a 2015 Israeli drama, Sara Colangelo's Kindergarten Teacher is a unusual, eccentric little film, but a brilliant one.
She's not alone in taking issue with the film's approach.
No one can accuse Captain Marvel, a cerebral jigsaw puzzle of a film about piecing together one's identity and overall goal in the universe, of being overly emotional.
"The picture is not boring, exactly, just mundane", writes Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter.
"It didn't have as numerous usual fight scenes..."
The film is set to storm theaters on Friday, March 8. Vers was taught one thing: to fight this way, for these people, for this cause.
It's a lot to have on one's plate for someone who isn't even sure who she is.
Retro 'Captain Marvel' Is Empowering But So-So Superhero Filler
The biggest departure from canon involves an everything-she-knows-is-wrong switcheroo that turns a half-century of Marvel Comics history on its head. Can she wake up from the oppressive (read: patriarchal) mind-set of the conventions that bind her?
Actress Brie Larson is using her starring role in Captain Marvel, the first female-led superhero story from Marvel Studios, to advocate for women behind the scenes as well. It's Earth, circa 1995, and amusingly Vers tumbles through the roof of a Blockbuster video store, mistakes a cardboard cutout of Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies for an enemy, and blasts the crap out of it. And that makes for a rouser of a journey.
"Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership", the post read.
This is a challenge for many reasons, not the least being that Danvers only has fleeting memories of her mysterious past.
That was the assessment of my 12-year-old daughter, who has now seen every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in order through Ant-Man (so far) with her dad and who saw Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel with her dad out of order Monday evening. There's no denying that Larson is a talented actor, but she's tasked with breathing life into a character who seems to change in name only. Carol's arc is defined by shedding those bonds to that identity and to her mentor/father figure, speaking and acting with directness. The key, he says, is controlling her emotions, and it's something she has a problem doing.
The comics bros are going to hate it, in other words.
After a blistering introduction featuring a bungled raid on a tribe of shapeshifting aliens known as Skrulls, she ends up in our world, on a mission to recover some top secret tech before they do.
Not that Larson doesn't bring confidence and chutzpah to her underwritten role. Indeed co-directors (and two of the co-writers) Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck distract you from the convoluted nature of some of the plotting by making things at times very amusing. Though there isn't almost enough fighting for my liking, she's plausible too as a high-kicking warrior, and in a brilliant action scene knocks seven bells out of a Skrull soldier who's taken the form of a sweet old lady.
In the film, she plays an Air Force pilot who becomes imbued with incredible powers after an explosion and the workouts allowed her to have the strength to perform stunts and fight scenes as her character.
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