Film review – Captain Marvel

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BRIE Larson proves she has star quality in abundance in her role as Marvel comic book hero Carol Danvers who becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes.

Larson is the only thing that saves ‘Captain Marvel’ from wearisome mediocrity.

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Caught up in in the middle of galactic war between two alien races, Danvers’ story is a pedestrian and by-the-numbers sci-fi adventure that feels like it borrowed too heavily from ‘Star Trek Voyager’.

This latest Marvel movie, like so many others, is long and drawn out and leaves you wanting.

Set in the 1990s, the film feels dated, and almost kitsch, and not even its grungy soundtrack can save it from tedium.

The supporting cast is pure car-crash. Samuel L Jackson does what Samuel L Jackson does best. He phones in his performance as Nick Fury and plays the exact same role he’s played in everything else for the past 25 years. As for Jude Law, who takes on the role of Starforce Commander Yon-Rogg, he confirms what I long suspected — he can’t act and has all the charisma of an amoeba.

Larson proves Captain Marvel’s only saving grace. The screen loves her, and with a single stride or flick of her head, she exudes more magnetism than the cloaking device on a Kree Space station. And while this movie will serve as another rocket-fuelled propellant on Larson’s meteoric rise, it will surely burn out and fade away in the memories of those who see it.