The first time I saw Captain Marvel, I didn’t like it very much. I thought it was quite bland, and I wasn’t really feeling much of the acting. I saw the film for a second time today, and I think I have a slightly different opinion about it. Maybe, it’s because I was super tired the first time, but my “Buzz Review of Captain Marvel: The Girl Power Agenda” pays homage to Marvel’s filmmaking genius.
Just like any lover of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I walked into the theatre to get wowed by Marvel’s winning formula. I wanted to scream my lungs out during brilliant scenes, and come out of the theatre telling tales of this prelude to Avengers: Endgame – omo! Marvel gave me “elà”. I was sooooo let down, but not in a bad way. I know, this sounds crazy, so I’ll explain.
Ps. Nigerian Definition of Elà: deliberately stopping a person from being great in life.
Ps. Ps. Foreign Definition of Elà: deliberately falling short of expectations.
So here’s the thing, the acting was okay, the script was okay, the plot was okay, and there was almost nothing wrong with the film apart from when it dragged a bit. This was the first problem I had with the film – Marvel played it safe, almost too safe.
Captain Marvel had every making of a typical superhero origin story. Apart from the first post credit scene, it brought almost nothing new and different to whet our appetites for the coming Avengers: Endgame. The film was really enjoyable, but I honestly would’ve rather seen it at home.
I wondered why Marvel did this, and it finally hit me; this was not a time for them to experiment. Marvel could not afford a bad review at a time like this. They understood that the fans had their eyes set on Avengers: Endgame, and Captain Marvel was a necessary evil for that to happen. I wish they had been a bit more daring, but after investing in 10 years of filmmaking, they weren’t taking any chances.
The second problem I had with the film was Marvel choking out the audience with a clichè feminine script. Almost every punch line Brie Larson uttered had something to do with “girl power”.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this, but it felt like it was a bit too much. When a superhero film begins to sound like a Barbie spinoff, then it becomes a problem. If Wonder Woman was able to promote female empowerment without suffering from this, I wonder why Marvel struggled with this.
Either way, I still enjoyed the film. I think it’s an amazing addition to the MCU and serves as an average fan onboarding spectacle for Avengers: Endgame. If there is one thing the film made clear, its that the Avengers need her now more than ever. With powers that rival even Thor’s, we can only hope she tips the scale in battle of the decade.
The film’s major highlights were, Brie Larson as Carol Danvers (“Captain Marvel”), Samuel L. Jackson as a Young Nick Fury, and Goose “the cat”. Let me know what you think about my Buzz Review Of Captain Marvel: The Girl Power Agenda in the comment section below;
Buzzers Consensus: (3 / 5)
Audience Consensus (Vote here):
Official Synopsis of Captain Marvel:
Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.