‘Captain Marvel’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

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Reviews tend to say the same thing: it’s good entertainment but falls short of recent Marvel titles. The film delivers a political message, but not to the degree of the firebrand subversiveness of “Black Panther.” And it’s an origin story that nicely elaborates on the Marvel mythology, but not to the scale of the epic “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The latest Marvel instalment, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, currently carried an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is in line with previous entries in the franchise. The film lands right between “Thor” (77%) and “Black Panther” (97%). Critics almost unanimously lauded the performances of the impressive ensemble cast, consisting of Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Bening, Ben Mendelsohn, and Jude Law.

Time Magazine’s Stephanie Zacharek: “Larson does get a few opportunities in ‘Captain Marvel’to be that regular, flawed-but-strong human — there just aren’t enough of them, and they’re hardly the focus of the movie.

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman: “In ‘Captain Marvel,’ Brie Larson radiates an ability that too many comic-book heroes never get the chance to show: the superpower of expression. She plays a Kree warrior, known as Vers (pronounced veers), who has been trained in the familiar comic-book-movie art of kicking cosmic butt (she specializes in leaping and flying martial-arts moves and the ability to deliver high-energy photon blasts).

IGN’s Meg Downey: “The MCU’s newest hero, Captain Marvel, has entered the fray literally swinging, with a cosmic-flavoured origin story that feels like a much-needed fresh approach to the classic Marvel Phase One formula.

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The movie is still out in the cinemas and you can go see for yourself.

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