Marvel’s first female-fronted superhero movie may not be among the franchise’s best, but it is definitely entertaining.

Brie Larson is fine as Carol Danvers, a warrior of the Kree race last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s a ton going on with her character and she hits most of her scenes. She is the latest in a long line of good casting decisions by the folks at Marvel Studios.

This might also be the funniest non-Guardians movie in the franchise, and while a few of the yuks felt a little forced, most of it flows pretty naturally from situational setups and the buddy cop-dynamic between Larson and Samuel L. Jackson.

Unfortunately, this movie has one fairly significant pacing problem. The middle act of the film is slow. I don’t know how they could’ve fixed it with the story they were telling, one which has a couple twists and turns, but things definitely slowed down to the point where I was itching for the climax to hit.

It’s also a pretty dull story in spite of the aforementioned twists and while I appreciate the attempts to shake up the origin story format, it’s not enough to disguise the thin plot.

Still, there’s good character work done here, plus some fun action and comedy. The movie, ultimately, does what it’s supposed to do: setting Captain Marvel up for Avengers: Endgame.

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