‘Captain Marvel’ Film Review

Grade: B-

Brie Larson in Captain Marvel (2019)

As of late, Marvel Studios’ newest installment ‘Captain Marvel’ has been the subject of political discussion and controversy. Most of the haters who do not tolerate what star Brie Larson had to say (if she said it) took to Rotten Tomatoes to bash the film, mere weeks before it came out. Yet, it has not stopped the film from being a cultural and financial phenomenon, becoming one of the highest-grossing female-led movies of all time; grossing close to $400 million worldwide, and showing no signs of stopping. 

As a whole, ‘Captain Marvel’ is a fun ride, but it takes a few moments to get there. All the while we are bombarded with 90’s nostalgia and de-aging CGI that makes Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, and Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson look like creepy wax figurines come to life. What really elevates the movie to success is its charm, chemistry between the actors (mainly Larson and Jackson) and thrilling visual style. Though I would not call it one of the best the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to offer, it still manages to stand out on its own as a superhero movie.

Larson plays Carol Danvers (or Vers, on the galaxy she was raised in), a Kree warrior seeking to find out her past after crash-landing on Earth, where she learns the customs of the planet a la ‘The Terminator’, or another female-led superhero movie from two years back that did it a lot better. There, she meets a young (and eyepatch-less) Nick Fury, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who has been with us since the after-credits scene of ‘Iron Man’, back in 2008; only in ‘Captain Marvel’, he is handsome with a head full of hair, snazzy, and a figure that could only come from a 90’s action-thriller, which this film sometimes acts as when the moment calls for it.

What Danvers and Fury are faced with are shape-shifting aliens known as Skrulls; who are at war with the Kree race, and a glowing cube known as the tesseract (which has played a key role in the MCU’s earliest installment), though being that ‘Captain Marvel’ is the newest installment, I should refrain from revealing too much; instead letting others be amazed while making the connections and ties that started the MCU with ‘Iron Man’. Though I should say that there is a certain orange cat that steals the show from its leads. Marvel Studios has come a long way, and with ‘Captain Marvel’, the universe just keeps expanding into something more, eventually setting up ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be epic and special.

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