LONDON–CM : Captain Marvel is an “entertaining” and “robust” superhero movie but is not the game-changer Black Panther and Wonder Women were, according to critics. The film, the first from Marvel to have a stand-alone female lead, stars Oscar-winner Brie Larson as an intergalactic warrior with untapped super powers. According to the Telegraph, the Room actress gives a “terrific” performance that is “big on girl-boss attitude”. “The picture is not dull, exactly, just mundane,” writes Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter.
In a review headed with the words “It’s no Black Panther”, he accuses Captain Marvel of “unimaginative plotting, cut-rate villains [and] a bland visual style.”
Screen Daily’s Tim Grierson expresses similar reservations, calling the film “fun and breezy but also a tad familiar” and its action sequences “sturdy but unspectacular”.
The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin is not alone in remarking that 2017’s Wonder Woman – made by rival company DC Entertainment – “beat it to the punch” in having a female superhero as its main protagonist.
Yet Empire’s Helen O’Hara – one of the few female critics to review the film – still regards it as an “essential… feminist fable” that “delivers in a more satisfying way than almost any other superhero film of recent years.” Several critics express admiration at the digital effects used to enable Samuel L Jackson to play a younger version of the Nick Fury character he has played in previous MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) features.
Samuel L Jackson reprises his role as agent Nick Fury, minus his signature eye patch
“Jackson’s CGI facelift is hands-down the best example of digital de-aging yet seen in movies,” writes Total Film’s Matt Maytum.
Metro’s Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, meanwhile, salutes the film for having “a black single mom… who also happens to be an ace fighter pilot” play a pivotal role.
“Ultimately Captain Marvel stands both as an introduction to the MCU’s most powerful superhero and a unique bridge to even greater things,” she continues.