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‘Captain Marvel’ good, but not super

March 22, 2019

Captain Marvel is the 21st film by Marvel Studios and the first one to showcase a female superhero. The movie was teased last year at the end of Avenger: Infinity War, and it’s cleaning up at the box office.

In the film, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is in a war against the Skrulls, aliens that can shape-shift into anyone they see. Captain Marvel ends up on Earth, where she teams up with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Throughout the film, Captain Marvel has to come to terms with her past, trying to figure out who she really is while also figuring out who she can trust, all while battling evil.

Even though Captain Marvel is a crazy space adventure with aliens and superpowered shenanigans, it’s one of the most human Marvel movies to date. The chemistry between Fury and Captain Marvel is fun to watch, and it feels organic and real. The film also has a strong message: No matter how different you are and no matter how often you get knocked down, you can always get back up.

While this movie is pretty good, it had the potential to be better, and some flaws can’t be overlooked.

The beginning of the film was very slow-paced and kind of boring. It was trying a bit too hard to be vague early on — so vague that I didn’t always care what was going on. Plus, the whole film was pretty predictable. I saw every plot twist coming. The comedy elements were not that good, either — I don’t remember laughing once.

In the end, Captain Marvel is a fun watch that I’m sure most people will enjoy. It’s also a great way to hype you up even more for Marvel’s long-anticipated Avengers: Endgame, which comes out next month. If you plan to see the new Avengers movie, this film is essential to watch.

Captain Marvel, rated PG-13 and running 125 minutes, is playing at Violet Crown Santa Fe and Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14.

Isaiah Delgado is a junior at Pojoaque High School. Contact him at bubbadukes2002@gmail.com.

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