Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

Oscar winner Brie Larson is Captain Marvel in Marvel's first female-fronted superhero movie, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind). Samuel L. Jackson co-stars as 90s-era Nick Fury, along with Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg and Jude Law. 

Set in the 1990s in a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film follows Carol Danvers (Larson) as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small group of allies at the centre of the maelstrom.

2019Rating: M, Violence124 minsUSAMarvel Studios
ActionAdventureScience FictionBlockbuster
78%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

There’s a hell of a lot of pressure on Captain Marvel’s shoulders ahead of the release of Avengers: Endgame next month. Not only did co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck need to introduce the MCU’s most powerful and crucially important hero, but they had to do so in the shadow of a film that will pick up after the death of half the universe. In exploring Captain Marvel’s origins with a mysterious, slightly non-linear narrative; following a space war to mid-90s Earth (a "shithole" in an alien's timely description); and having a perfectly-cast Brie Larson as its self-possessed and cheeky hero known initially as Vers, the results excel in keeping us riveted—for better or worse—on the film at hand, at least until its closing moments.

4.0
Flicks, Craig Mathieson

Flicks, Craig Mathieson

flicks

Captain Marvel begins briskly, omitting a villainous prologue and a genial introduction, in presenting the unsettled Vers (Brie Larson), a gifted rookie in the Starforce, an intergalactic military unit in the service of the Kree, an advanced alien race. A rebel without applause, Vers has fractured memories starting with trauma and no history, a situation that requires a sparring session and stern advice from her commanding officer and mentor, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law).

3.0

Badass but not quite

Captain Marvel gained immense pressure to excel well as its first female lead in a MCU film. The character was strong and determined but lacked a bit in terms of personality, although was contrasted with the humour given by Samuel L. Jackson's 'Nick Fury'. It's a solid start for an origin story with some awesome action sequences and light hearted moments...

3.0

Mostly marvellous.

You will Marvel at it's heartfelt characters, feel-good tale and (most of its) visuals and action sequences...as soon as she fires up.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

They have brought off something exciting, embracing the Marvel house style and, within that, crafting a tale with enough tricks and moods and sleight-of-hand layers to keep us honestly absorbed.

Total Film

Total Film

press

A satisfying standalone launch for Marvel’s latest superhero combines sci-fi action with ’90s nostalgia. Overcoming minor stumbles, it ultimately soars.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Brie Larson isn't given enough to do in a Marvel movie that marinates in '90s nostalgia but doesn't quite rise to the occasion of its own significance.

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

This is the first in a while that I’ve found myself immediately hungry to revisit.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An entertaining new part of the saga.

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

With the inevitable bombast and posturing of Avengers: Endgame to come, this is a great way to remember just how much fun a comic-book movie could and should still be.

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Nicely balancing the Earth-bound elements with epic cosmic action, Captain Marvel is yet another winner from the house of M.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

As a Nick Fury buddy comedy, it’s fun. As a feminist fable it’s essential. This takes a while to really get going, but when Carol Danvers takes off she is unstoppable.

4.0
Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

There’s a hell of a lot of pressure on Captain Marvel’s shoulders ahead of the release of Avengers: Endgame next month. Not only did co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck need to introduce the MCU’s most powerful and crucially important hero, but they had to do so in the shadow of a film that will pick up after the death of half the universe. In exploring Captain Marvel’s origins with a mysterious, slightly non-linear narrative; following a space war to mid-90s Earth (a "shithole" in an alien's timely description); and having a perfectly-cast Brie Larson as its self-possessed and cheeky hero known initially as Vers, the results excel in keeping us riveted—for better or worse—on the film at hand, at least until its closing moments.

4.0
Flicks, Craig Mathieson

Flicks, Craig Mathieson

flicks

Captain Marvel begins briskly, omitting a villainous prologue and a genial introduction, in presenting the unsettled Vers (Brie Larson), a gifted rookie in the Starforce, an intergalactic military unit in the service of the Kree, an advanced alien race. A rebel without applause, Vers has fractured memories starting with trauma and no history, a situation that requires a sparring session and stern advice from her commanding officer and mentor, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law).

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

They have brought off something exciting, embracing the Marvel house style and, within that, crafting a tale with enough tricks and moods and sleight-of-hand layers to keep us honestly absorbed.

Total Film

Total Film

press

A satisfying standalone launch for Marvel’s latest superhero combines sci-fi action with ’90s nostalgia. Overcoming minor stumbles, it ultimately soars.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Brie Larson isn't given enough to do in a Marvel movie that marinates in '90s nostalgia but doesn't quite rise to the occasion of its own significance.

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

This is the first in a while that I’ve found myself immediately hungry to revisit.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An entertaining new part of the saga.

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

With the inevitable bombast and posturing of Avengers: Endgame to come, this is a great way to remember just how much fun a comic-book movie could and should still be.

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Nicely balancing the Earth-bound elements with epic cosmic action, Captain Marvel is yet another winner from the house of M.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

As a Nick Fury buddy comedy, it’s fun. As a feminist fable it’s essential. This takes a while to really get going, but when Carol Danvers takes off she is unstoppable.

4.0

Badass but not quite

Captain Marvel gained immense pressure to excel well as its first female lead in a MCU film. The character was strong and determined but lacked a bit in terms of personality, although was contrasted with the humour given by Samuel L. Jackson's 'Nick Fury'. It's a solid start for an origin story with some awesome action sequences and light hearted moments...

3.0

Mostly marvellous.

You will Marvel at it's heartfelt characters, feel-good tale and (most of its) visuals and action sequences...as soon as she fires up.

4.0