With its 21st installment, the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally has its first movie centered around a solo female superhero. And it delivers spectacularly, according to critics who saw Captain Marvel last night. While full reviews are still embargoed, social media reactions on Twitter following the screening highlight Brie Larson’s performance in the title role, the movie’s ‘90s nostalgia, Ben Mendelsohn’s villain, and, most notably, a scene-stealing cat.Here’s what the critics are saying about Captain Marvel:Has Marvel done it again?Captain Marvel is pure joy Devan Coggan, Entertainment WeeklyCaptain Marvel is a blast! Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendCaptain Marvel is a lot of fun!…Thumbs up! Jim Vejvoda, IGNSecond viewing can’t come soon enough. Perri Nemiroff, ColliderCaptain Marvel is a mixed bag. Gregory Ellwood, The PlaylistHow does it fit with the other MCU movies?It feels completely unlike any other Marvel film. A unique and fresh take on an origin story that feels new. This is one of my favorite Marvel movies of all time. Scott Menzel, We Live EntertainmentMCU’s most multilayered villain story. Peter Sciretta, SlashfilmThe MCU feels more complete now that Carol is in it. Kayti Burt, Den of GeekThe future of the MCU gets even brighter adding Captain Marvel to the mix. Perri Nemiroff, Collider(Photo by Marvel Studios)What does the film mean to women?It’s super empowering. It made me feel proud to be a woman. Yolanda Machado, The WrapCarol s hero moment was very cathartic/true to the female experience. Kayti Burt, Den of GeekI cannot wait for the generation of little girls who will grow up with Carol Danvers as a hero. Devan Coggan, Entertainment WeeklyWhat does Captain Marvel do well?Marvel does a prequel right, not over-explaining too much but giving us unexpected answers in interesting ways. Peter Sciretta, SlashfilmHas some cool surprises that I definitely didn t see coming, and the mystery/origin it weaves is engaging and fun. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendSome nice surprises and clever decisions throughout. Cool sci-fi elements. And funny! Jim Vejvoda, IGNRyan FujitaniHow is Brie Larson?Brie Larson literally shines in the role. Steve Weintraub, ColliderBrie Larson is awesome and makes a fantastic first step into the MCU. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendReally fell for Brie Larson’s sass, strength and energy in the role. Perri Nemiroff, ColliderHow is Ben Mendelsohn as the villain?Ben Mendelsohn is the surprise MVP. Drew Taylor, MoviefoneMendelsohn steals the [movie]. Gregory Ellwood, The PlaylistI can’t get over how great Ben Mendelsohn is. I was worried he was just going to be one of those Marvel villains with alien makeup, but that’s not the case at all. This movie doesn’t work without him. Mike Ryan, UproxxBen Mendelsohn and the cat both steal the show. Peter Sciretta, SlashfilmThe cat?Goose is a brilliant scene-stealer. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendGoose the cat is definitely a scene-stealer but one that has a purpose. Scott Menzel, We Live EntertainmentI would die for Goose the cat. Devan Coggan, Entertainment WeeklyMy kingdom for a Nick Fury and Goose buddy comedy. Angie Han, MashableI am pitching a spin-off series (they are going to sell so much Goose merch to me). Roth Cornet, Screen Junkies(Photo by Marvel Studios)How are the visual effects?VFX of full Marvel powers much better than trailers. Gregory Ellwood, The PlaylistRealized something half way through Captain Marvel: the de-aging technology being used has become so seamless that I forgot it was being used. We are on the precipice of something both exciting and scary. Steve Weintraub, ColliderIs the movie totally 90s?Just enough ‘90s nostalgia without overdoing it. Jim Vejvoda, IGNSeveral truly magnificent music moments for this 90s kid. Kayti Burt, Den of GeekAs a ‘90s teen, the soundtrack .oh, the soundtrack. Yolanda Machado, The WrapFinally, the MCU and a Nirvana song come together (as Kurt Cobain wanted). Mike Ryan, UproxxA fun 90s soundtrack, but sometimes the song choices feel too obvious. Peter Sciretta, SlashfilmAre there any major complaints?It’s a little wobbly at times but only because it’s so ambitious. Drew Taylor, MoviefoneFirst half is slow and uninspired. Second half much better. Feels like directors could not escape Marvel formula. Gregory Ellwood, The PlaylistWill it get you hyped for Avengers: Endgame?So ready for Avengers: Endgame. Steve Weintraub, ColliderThanos is f**ked. Angie Han, MashableCaptain Marvel opens everywhere on March 8.
If you ever thought a hybrid of The Big Sick and Michael Mann s Collateral sounded like a terrific idea, this week s Stuber might be the ride for you. Like The Big Sick, Stuber stars Kumail Nanjiani as a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu, of course who is roped into a frequently violent wild goose chase across Los Angeles in search of a murderous drug dealer. The large, imposing man responsible for said roping is LAPD detective Vic Manning (played by Dave Bautista), who requires Stu s services because he s recovering from a Lasik operation. Will the two of them learn to put aside their differences and work together in harmony? Will they help each other confront some hard truths about themselves? Will cars be chased and heads be busted? The answer to all of those questions is likely to be yes, and critics say it s a little disappointing that Stuber doesn t do more with its talented cast, which also includes Karen Gillan, Mira Sorvino, and Betty Gilpin. There s also quite a bit of violence and a some tonal inconsistencies, but if you don t mind that, there may some fun to be had here.