Captain Marvel (2019)

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Actors: Brie Larson, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Benning

Award Corner: ☆☆☆☆☆ – A

I literally just came from the theater. Usually I wait a bit to let all the implications of the movie sink in. Sometimes I see it more than once to make sure I understand what’s happening. I was so excited when I came out of the theater that I raced home to write. If I had had a role model like that, instead of Barbie, when growing up, I would be a different person. But my buzz nearly got killed by a friend innocently mentioning controversy and haters of the movie. Then I remembered what I had just learned from Carol Danvers, “I don’t have to prove myself to anyone.” Haters are always going to hate. If they’ve forgotten that movies are meant to be entertainment, then that’s on them. As this is not a blog on social commentary, I’ll leave it at that. Suffice it to say, I found this movie grade A entertainment, 10/10, must see again.

Plot: (Here there be -minor- spoilers)

As this just came out, I’ll keep the spoilage to a minimum, but if there’s to be anything in this section, I’ll have to spoil it, just a bit. The movie opens introducing us to Vers (pronounced “veers”). She’s a newly adopted Kree with power in her hands. Through a mission gone wrong, she ends up on Earth face-to-face with a young Nick Fury. Together, they set about saving the earth from the invaders known as the Skrulls. Along the way you will see the familiar face of Agent Coulson, who helps them out a time or two. As they slowly realize things are not as first appear, Vers learns her old name, finds her old friends, and realizes that she’s stronger than even she realizes. Throughout the movie there are fantastic one-liners and lighthearted comedy, some nail-biting action, and of course, the inevitable setup for the craziness of Avengers: Endgame. This movie does well with developing the role of Captain Marvel in the MCU, leaving it open for sequels, and of course doing it all with that Marvel flare. The star of the movie is without a doubt the adorable kitty named Goose.

Acting:

What’s not to love? Brie Larson may not have a lot of big name credits under her belt, but she’s definitely someone to watch. She’s funny, fierce, and gives it her all. I would love to know how they de-aged Samuel L. Jackson for this particular movie, but he’s still the same old Nick Fury we have loved over the last 11 years, albeit a little bit jollier and less careworn. Jude Law is the latest addition to the British contingent of the MCU universe, joining Paul Bettany, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Tom Hiddleston, etc. as Yon-Rogg, Captain Marvel’s mentor/friend. Annette Benning doesn’t have a huge amount of screentime, but she is plays her part well and remains a pivotal character in the movie.

Visuals:

This movie isn’t as rich in visuals as say, Guardians of the Galaxy. But as they are on Earth, and are usually surrounded by deserts, there’s not a lot to add in. However, the animation for Captain Marvel’s power is awesome, particularly when she lights up at full strength. The makeup for the Skrulls was on-point. As it’s set in the early 90s, the outfits are very grunge, very old-school which lends itself well to the overall feel of the movie. It’s not as in your face about as Guardians of the Galaxy, which I personally find more appealing. There was never a moment where I was knocked out of my suspension of disbelief so that in itself means they did an amazing job of pulling it all together to be as realistic as a superhero movie can be.

Music:

I admit, I’m biased on this point. The 90s were my jam. Hearing Gwen Stefani as background music was totally worth it. There were a lot of great songs, again, understated in contrast to GotG, but definitely worth it. I honestly don’t remember much about the instrumental music in this one, but that’s probably because I’m not familiar with Pinar Toprak’s work. There are composer you listen to and can immediately identify their style, mostly because you’ve heard them so many times. It’s good to have a fresh face on scene.


Overall: An excellent addition to the MCU. It made me excited for Endgame next month. I can’t wait to see how they tie it all together. If I had little girls, I would make them watch this movie because they will come out of it convinced they can do anything. Please, please stay through the credits till the end. It amazes me how many people leave, even now, after 10 years of Marvel putting dual end credit scenes, and miss some very important moments.

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