CAPTAIN MARVEL Review: Thanos Better Watch Out

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06 March, 2019

Brie Larson wears custom Rodarte to the red carpet film premiere of "Captain Marvel" at El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on March 4, 2019.

Grace Randolph from Beyond the Trailer states, "When she's not trying (and failing) to do a Robert Downey Jr impression, Brie Larson's Captain Marvel is a hero who doesn't hesitate - which is pretty darn cool". Vers is determined to take down the Skrulls that land on Earth, but there's somebody on Vers' trail, too: the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the US government's super-secret spy agency - specifically veteran agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and eager rookie Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).

Despite some very minor issues, Captain Marvel is an absolute blast from start to finish.

"'Captain Marvel' mostly plays like a perfectly solid addition to this massive commercial franchise".

Though both are immediately drawn to the cat in the film, the actors Larson and Jackson weren't as enamored with their feline co-star. I have to admit that the trailers made me concerned for her performance. Carol spends much of the running time missing a piece of her identity - even her own name.

As shared to Twitter Tuesday afternoon, Captain Marvel is sitting at 87 percent on their Tomatometer.

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Now, with genuine reviews from people who have actually seen the film arriving, it seems that the trolls were just that: trolls. There's a mid-movie shifting of alliances, and a homeless-refugee subplot (at one point, a despotic ruler declares that the enemy will "threaten our borders no more!") destined to trigger cries of Social Justice Warrior Syndrome from certain basement-level quarters.

Captain Marvel is ready for her film debut, with Brie Larson stepping into her role as the iconic character. All she knows of herself at the outset is that she doesn't quite fit in with the Kree, given her penchant for cracking jokes and her tendency to act on intuition rather than steely logic. In a nutshell, the film is placed after Captain America but still much before The Avengers.

She's back home - the crash landing through the roof of a Blockbuster Video is a nice touch; the film's set in 1995 - and outside an LA strip mall, a biker tells/asks her: "Lighten up, honey".

One review I saw, from Hannah Woodhead at Little White Lies talks about how "Captain Marvel only gently dips into what could have been a more engaging look at female rage and how emotion is currency, possibly afraid of alienating male viewers if its too overtly feminist (that ship has already sailed)" and that "Even sexism within the United States military receives only a cursory nod". Goose is the real MVP and I need him in every MCU film from now on. However, the biggest problem was that when the stakes were raised, the consequences high and the personal blows heavy - I simply didn't care.

Off we go on the Earth-bound adventure, set to a crackling good soundtrack laden with '90s hits, and filled with fun cultural references, from Radio Shack to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" to "The Silence of the Lambs" to the technology of the times. While it does change that story up a bit, fans of that run are likely going to be extremely happy walking out of this film.

Captain Marvel is creating a lot of what I guess you could consider conversation, but it's really just one side yelling into the void and the other side just being like ... The mystery of her origin is ultimately uninteresting, and it deprives Captain Marvel of a character arc or any notable weaknesses.


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