Brie Larson shines as fearless superhero across galaxies in 'Captain Marvel'


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. Maybe this just isn't your movie, in the same way Ant-Man wasn't mine. The last third of the film devolves into a series of battles between Captain Marvel and her enemies, but also apparently between the film's editor and cinematographer (visually, these scenes are nearly incoherent), and between the directors and the studio. "We're not just putting it on a poster, that we're living it", she added.

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That's not to say that a movie about a woman can't be inspirational to boys and men. But we still have Avengers 4 leaks for you as well, as the Marvel Studios Magazine cover leaked on Thursday and revealed several spoilers in the process.

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There, then, are Captain Marvel's strengths. To Carol, being Captain Marvel is simply good fun and it's clear Larson is having good fun being Carol, which is an infectious dynamic that seeps its way off the screen and into the audience. Larson, who is allergic to cats, said that you had to be quiet when Reggie was shooting, and she got in trouble for yelling something about going to Shake Shack while he was working. Captain Marvel is expected to join the Avengers for their battle against Thanos. I swore I was watching a repeat of an old "Streets of San Francisco" episode at one point.

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Admittedly, she is not well-served by the silly space-opera screenplay (by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet), which can't decide if Danvers is a haunted sexism survivor or a grinningly detached smart-ss. They still haven't figured out how to navigate an ocean liner instead of their usual handcrafted yachts.

In between the announcement of Captain Marvel and its release, of course, Wonder Woman arrived. But Nick Fury is already an agent of SHIELD, played by a digitally de-aged Samuel L. Jackson, an effect that takes some getting used to. The results live near the Uncanny Valley but not actually in it. If you believe "Captain Marvel" was made for any specific age group, race, or sex, and if you are ageist, sexist, or racist enough to believe that only critics in those same categories can provide meaningful opinions about the movie, feel free to seek out one who meets your particular identity-politics requirements.

The villainous Skrull have an agenda of their own, and they can also shape-shift into a mirror image of anyone they see. The Kree, who are led by an AI called Supreme Intelligence (perfectly represented by Annette Bening), are at war with the reptilian, shapeshifting Skrull, who are led by the slippery Talos (an impish Ben Mendelsohn). In the movie-the first of three in the moneymaking behemoth known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be released this year-the assessment is based on no real evidence, which also generally the case in real life.

Jude Law is her intense and no-nonsense Kree mentor, the kind of guy who has no qualms about teaching a woman how to take a punch in the face and come up swinging.

Finally, a 12-year-old reporter asked Larson what she hoped kids would take away from the film. Which, admittedly, may not be what the hordes are looking for in a superhero movie. 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. Without making a fuss, it's a movie about regaining oneself and one's values in a universe where the boys are busy fighting. Her journey takes her across the galaxy and through some very specific memories, but it's a clunky ride initially as viewers are bounced around early on without context or a grasp on the lead character.