2019 Film Reviews - 24: Captain Marvel [dir. Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; 2019]
As the world of Marvel Comics movies becomes increasingly all-devouring and the recent films sometimes feel like little more than a game of ‘Spot The Latest Celeb Trying To Bulk Up Their Pension Fund’ (in this case: Jude Law and Annette Bening), it’s difficult not to see Captain Marvel as a mere interlude before the ‘season finale’ that is Avengers: Endgame. As such, it’s an amusing time-filler, focussing on the 90s-set story of how Carol Danvers became yet another Most Powerful Being In The Universe Ever. But even though Brie Larson tries to project a certain level of sardonic, cool-kid, single-eyebrow-raising unflappability in the lead role, it’s disappointing that the directing duo of Boden and Fleck didn’t infuse the film with the indie bite they displayed in Half Nelson. There’s also the dubious issue of a superhero deliberately donning the colours of the US Air Force while fighting a battle that probably wouldn’t be looked upon favourably by America’s foreign policy makers. But that’s probably far too profound a quibble for the execs who have no intention of letting this cash cow retreat to that great pasture in the sky any time soon.