Captain Marvel

The Plot:

Vers (Brie Larson) hero warrior of Kree is sent on a mission to planet C-53 (Earth) to stop the shape-shifting Skrull.

Vers fights to understand flashes of memories that outline a life that she doesn’t know. With the help of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Vers begins to unravel a secret that could save or destroy the galaxy.

Kent’s Take:

“Captain Marvel,” film 21 in the Marvel universe, is an origin story and a lackluster offering.

Set in 1995, this introduction to one of the most powerful Marvel Superheroes is both entertaining and pedestrian.

Are we spoiled by the parade of quality Marvel movies that have landed in theaters for the last decade?

Marvel is a hero looking for her balance, her mojo. As she unearths information about herself, she/we become “enlightened.”

The action and special effects are in full swing, but the loveable characters, meaningful dialogue and the emotional connection to the story are missing. This story is not tightly woven into the Marvel Universe. The choppy plot reflects this superhero’s uneven history giving viewers little to hold onto.

Larson is not convincing as a strong, capable hero. Her journey toward both understanding and redemption offers dissapointed viewers hope. Fledgling agent Nick Fury has not climbed into his persona as of yet and could have created some memorable moments, but instead is relegated to a mildly interesting sidekick altered by a remarkable special effect.

“Captain Marvel” will satisfy many, but more discerning fans will be forced to lower their expectations to be fully sated.

Lynn's Take:

The 21st movie in the Marvel Universe is underwhelming and predictable, an overblown empty vessel trying so hard to make us like “Captain Marvel” simply because she is their first female lead.

If only they had made a clear, cohesive movie where we could emotionally connect instead of screaming loudly that she’s a super-duper heroine who can hold her own with the big dogs! We need more than a generic galactic war and fancy space gizmos.

We’re in the future! We’re on Kree! We’re on Hala! We’re back in the U.S. in 1995. We’re on some space vessel where Jude Law (Yon-Rogg) is her mentor. Annette Bening straddles both worlds – who is she? We’re zipping through flashbacks and montages, crammed with confusing noise.

And really? A fight action scene where Gwen Stefani belts out No Doubt’s “Just a Girl”? OK, we get it. I am woman, hear me roar.

Well, not exactly. Brie Larson looks swell, but her character is bland.

On the plus side, Samuel L. Jackson’s origin story as Nick Fury – and the Avenger Initiative – is endearing. After all, we must be ready for “The Avengers: Endgame.” As the future leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., he’s terrific, as usual, and he and Larson, castmates in “Kong: Skull Island,” do work well together.

The film’s villains, the scaly green Skrulls, are complicated shape-shifters, taking on many identities to fool folks. The sublime character actor Ben Mendelsohn is strong as the Skrull general Talos. But they’re in the dark a lot.

The movie’s low-light sequences are particularly frustrating, especially when trying to figure out who is who.

“Captain Marvel” had the tools to stand out but it’s sadly, ultimately forgettable.