You guys know by now I love a good review and here’s my Captain Marvel Review which is spoiler free.
I was transported back to my teens; belting out 90’s No Doubt and walked away utterly convinced that the cat I live with, she would never allow herself to be owned, is a Flerken.
But it all seriousness; after the first 30 minutes or so of feeling like you been hit with a confundus charm, walked in mid-story or slept through the real beginning the pacing settles. Captain Marvel becomes
an origin story worthy of the original MCU. Ok, ok maybe I’m being petty about the not technically an origin story, but it’s not – she has her powers already it’s not about how she got them. If anything it’s a coming of age story.
Vers (Brie Larson) has no memory before being gifted with the powers she has. Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) her commando leader and mentor reminds her constantly that was is gifted can be taken away, and exercises his control over her to ensure she never really tests the extent of her powers.
Vers ends up in 90’s America literally in the middle of a Blockbusters and meets a young Agent Fury and an even younger Agent Coulson. In America, Vers learns the truth of her life, and we learn the origins of her powers. Which leads her to shed Vers and become Captain Marvel. All this is set on the backdrop of Earth being caught between two warring alien races.
Larson and Law have good banter. I always enjoy seeing Law as a villain rather than the clean-cut English gent. But, they’re nothing compared to Larson and Jackson. When Larson and Jackson are together on screen you know you are in for some zingers.
I also need to acknowledge Lynch who bring so much heart and depth with her character, and Mendelsohn who portrays the complexity of Talos beautifully.
The visual effects are amazing I’m truly in awe of Samuel L Jackson’s
The filming style of ‘present’ day and flashback combined with bold stylistic choices of the reality warping Supreme Intelligence means that Captain Marvel stands its own ground in the greater MCU.
Part of me wishes that Captain Marvel’s origin had been a subplot in another MCU and then we could see more kickass Captain Marvel. But, a female-led superhero film was a huge step in the MCU and I’m so glad that we finally got one that has martial art skill and humour.
I’m excited to see Avengers: Endgame and from the trailer, I think Captain Marvel will keep her wit and humour. It will be interesting to see if Danvers has discovers the powers her comic book counterpart has during the time gap to Avengers: Endgame. Hopefully, she won’t get lost in a sea of heroes. Everyone assumes she is the answer to Thanos, but I think it would be callous to have the solution be one character.