For some lucky critics last night was the first time they got to see Captain Marvel in theaters in advance of the upcoming press junket (which we will be reporting on soon). The rest of us only have a two-week wait now until the films general release and I was surprised to see some reports of people slating the movie before it has even released. How and why members of the public would say a movie is bad before anyone has seen it just baffles me?
Maybe I will like Captain Marvel, maybe I won’t? Either, way Marvel has a good enough track record that I will watch the movie within the first couple of days of release. If and when the quality of Marvel movies drops as a whole, that’s the point I’ll get pickier about which ones I see in theaters.
So what did the critics think of Captain Marvel? Well, we have to remember there is a review embargo until March 5th, so whilst we don’t have any full reviews to share, we can share some of the initial social media reactions, which always happen for these big tent pole movies.
In general, I would say of all the posts I have managed to check out, the vast majority are very positive. I usually try to find at least one negative to balance things out, but in this instance, I wouldn’t even say the bottom comment here is particularly negative, just not as praiseworthy as the others. Check them out.
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) February 20, 2019
#CaptainMarvel is a welcome addition to the #MCU. The movie is really well done with some great moments. #benmendelsohn steals almost every scene he's in. @brielarson literally shines in the role. So ready for #AvengersEndGame pic.twitter.com/GET0socRjl
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) February 20, 2019
Marvel does a prequel right, not overexplaining too much but giving us unexpected answers in interesting ways. MCU’s most multilayered villain story. A fun 90s soundtrack, but sometimes the song choices feel too obvious.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) February 20, 2019
Love the cat, love Sam Jackson, LOVE Ben Mendelsohn, but honestly I’m calling Lashana Lynch as MVP. She brings an emotional weight to the film that is needed and transforms the entire movie upon arrival. Definitely need to see more of her#CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/QeEzUBM8O1
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) February 20, 2019
Captain Marvel is a blast! Has some cool surprises that I definitely didn't see coming, and the mystery/origin it weaves is engaging and fun. Brie Larson is awesome, and makes a fantastic first step into the MCU #CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/oqrRtgDQrp
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) February 20, 2019
The future of the MCU gets even brighter adding #CaptainMarvel to the mix. Really fell for @brielarson’s sass, strength & energy in the role. Same with @LashanaLynch too! Ben Mendelsohn is A+ casting as Talos. And yes, Goose is a scene stealer. 2nd viewing can’t come soon enough.
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) February 20, 2019
Captain Marvel is a mixed bag. First half is slow and uninspired. Second half much better. Feels like directors could not escape Marvel formula. Mendelson steals the move. VfX of full Marvel powers much better than trailers.
— Gregory Ellwood – Playlist ? (@TheGregoryE) February 20, 2019
So there you have it, this is only a small selection, but I have read many more examples and they generally all praise the movie, especially Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos and Carol’s cat Goose. So far I would have to say we should be going into this movie expecting another home run from Marvel, but we can judge for ourselves in a fortnite’s time. I’m looking forward to going higher, further, faster, are you?
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SOURCE: Various Twitter linked above