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Captain Marvel never quite takes flight

Captain Marvel isnt a bad movie, exactly.
It seems, at this point, that Marvels moviemaking machinery is incapable of producing a genuinely terrible film. Theres no Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice or Suicide Squad in the Marvel filmography, justThor: The Dark World, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange movies that arefine but forgettable.
Still, I wanted more than that for Captain Marvel, and I suspect that Im not alone.
Thats because after 20 films, Marvel Studios is finally giving a woman top billing. Its Captain Marvel, full stop, in the first Marvel title directed by a woman Anna Boden, who co-directed and co-wrote the film with her regular collaborator Ryan Fleck.As a result (and in response to star Brie Larsons laudable efforts to make the press tour more inclusive), the movie has attracted a predictable swarm of online trolls.
So itd be nice to report that Captain Marvel is an absolute triumph. The fact that its not has nothing to do with Larson, who plays Carol Danvers (the current incarnation of Captain Marvel) with a winning mix of charm and determination.The problem, I suspect, lies in the movies depiction of the Captain Marvel character.
Captain Marvel never quite takes flight
Marvel Studios CAPTAIN MARVEL..Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) ..Photo: Film Frame..Marvel Studios 2019
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