Captain Marvel Review

MCU's her(o) has arrived!

Captain Marvel isn’t here to show up the boys. Her focus isn’t to pave the way for the next generation of females. She just happens to be that badass, sending these messages without trying. And as Marvel’s first film with a solo female superhero, Carol Danvers is inspiring but relatable as she becomes Captain Marvel.

Beating the odds stacked against her, Captain Marvel takes on her biggest mission. When a war erupts between two alien races, threatening the entire galaxy, Captain Marvel will have to prove her strength once again. Follow her journey to discover what makes a (her)o.

Synopsis

Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Set in the 1990s, Carol Danvers finds herself caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Follow her journey to discover what makes a (her)o. 

Story

High expectations are risky when it comes to our beloved comics becoming movies (don’t get me started on the new “Hellboy”). It’s 2019, so I think we’ve all learned that it’s impossible to create the perfect comic book movie. But do we accept it? Not likely. But this is just fine for Carol Danvers. Haters aren’t her motivators, only because they’re not even on her radar. Captain Marvel rises to the occasion and lives up to the hype. With a perfect balance of sarcasm, action, and all the feels, it’s just what the world needs right now. 

Brie Larson delivers in this entertaining, visually captivating, and essential feminist story that neither forces or demands an agenda. Essentially playing three characters (Carol, Vers, and Captain Marvel) all are stubbornly connected by the fierceness carried inside of Danvers.

Though she’s part Kree, that fierceness comes from the human side – a side she’s been told holds her weakness. Emotions have no place within a warrior; it’s a human flaw, and it gets you killed. As her Kree mentor, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) uses every opportunity to point this out. He also has no problem reminding her he’s the sole reason for the powers she must learn to control. 

Characters

Vers is a Kree warrior living on planet Hala. A driven smart-ass, she tries to prove she is worthy of her place on the military team, Starforce.

Despite the powers and purpose she’s been given, relentless memories of another life elsewhere haunt her. Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force pilot, is at the center of these memories. She is likable, determined, flawed, spirited, and dare I say it, marvel(ous). Connecting these lives together, Vers learns the truth about the lie she’s been living. Eventually, Vers realizes she lost more than she gained, all at the hands of the Kree. Reverting back to the suppressed emotions that have always led her to safety, she finds her true self – Captain Marvel. 

Characters just as significant are Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), and Goose (Reggie the cat).

Talos, Ronan the Accuser, Dr. Wendy Lawson, and Agent Coulson round up the colorful and diverse characters that make up Captain Marvel. You can expect to see many other familiar faces that will either delight or confuse you.

Cinematography

There is something charming about the stunning effects of a vast galaxy existing alongside 1990s America. Both futuristic and nostalgic, each world pulls you, keeping viewers entranced inside the Marvel Universe. Even when the worlds collide, the visuals bring a separation between Vers and Carol.

Soundtrack

Kids of the 90s will feel like they are kids in the 90s again. Like the CDs that skipped inside our Discman, each song brings quick bursts of memories. Similar to the flashbacks that Vers has, the music is far from overwhelming or obvious. Its presence is subtle, but effective, keeping a steady pace with the story. 

Genre

Action, Adventure, and Sci-Fi. Those who love Guardians of the Galaxy will feel the same vibes of everything seamlessly woven together. Hilarious, serious, moving, and light, it’s worthy of your time.

Final Verdict

I don’t ever base my decision to see a movie from a review. We are entitled to our own opinions (ahem, Not My Hellboy 2019), but unfortunately, the majority of the reviews for Captain Marvel are guided by the male/female war. Am I going to see Not My Hellboy 2019? No, I’m absolutely not, but am I going to write a horrible review of it when it’s fueled by resentment? Again, no. My reviews reflect what I think of the movie itself. The politics that surround it, intended or not, come with the film.

Most negative reviews for Captain Marvel are given by males. However, wasn’t this expected? For as long as women have been catching up to equality, it’s still out of the norm. But this is how progress is made – you make noise, and it’s either going to offend people or inspire them. Captain Marvel gets hit twice as hard as a comic-turned-movie aimed at female empowerment. And like everything else in life, there must be a balance.

Not every male is bashing this move, its message, or its brilliant female character AND lead. Some women aren’t going to leave theaters satisfied that female empowerment was accurately portrayed. This is all okay. Just don’t go into this movie with someone else’s opinion, because you won’t leave with your own. You might end up missing out on something pleasantly refreshing and magical.

Good

  • Vers and Fury's banter and affection with one another make the entire movie
  • Goose will probably be the first Flerkin nominated for an Oscar
  • A feel good film with Guardians of the Galaxy vibes

Bad

  • Limited time is spent on Carol's backstory, especially as a kid
  • Maria Rambeau deserves so much more screen time and recognition
  • Viewers are left wondering where they can get their own Flerkin
9.8

Amazing

Story - 10
Characters - 9
Cinematography - 10
Soundtrack - 10
Genre - 10
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