Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review: Captain Marvel

If there’s one hero I was truly excited to see hit the screen in 2019, it was Captain Marvel. I’d been a fan of hers since her Ms. Marvel days and the new run under writer Kelly Sue DeConnick with the revamped suit really had me hooked. I was hoping that the movie would do this amazing run justice. After an early viewing on Sunday morning, I am happy to report that it does.

Set in the 1990s, decades before the traumatic events in Avengers: Infinity War, we are introduced to Vers (Brie Larson), a female Kree warrior who is having nightmares of herself in another life on another planet. Her commander, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), thinks it is all because she is not controlling her emotions and trains her to control them so she can better control the photon power she wields that she was told was given to her by the Supreme intelligence.  The next mission Vers and the team go on goes all sorts of sideways and she finds herself captive by a group of Skrulls, the mortal enemy of the Kree. During a memory probe, the nightmares surface and turn out to be memories of her past that Vers can’t remember. She escapes and crashes to earth where she meets Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the two try to stop the alien threat and also get to the bottom of Vers’ true identity.

I never knew how much I needed a superhero version of Midnight Run mixed with A Long Kiss Goodnight, but that is what we got and it is perfect. Larson and Jackson make the perfect team, and it is fun to see Fury so young in his career, before he lost his eye and before becoming the head of SHIELD. The emotional journey that Vers goes on is touching, as she finds out about the life that she left behind and never knew she had, not to mention the circumstances of how she joined up with the Kree military.

Larson is perfect as Captain Marvel, bringing a great range of emotion and power to the character, in addition to making quips and kicking ass like a Carolco hero. Jackson is great as well, getting thrown into the deep end of weird things for the first time when we’re so used to him dealing with on a regular basis in the other movies, letting us see a side of Fury we’ve never really experienced.

The movie wears its politics on its sleeve as well turning itself into a hard-hitting female power fantasy that entertains and helps point out the honestly crappy behavior that women have to put up with on a daily basis. Even when you have superpowers, men are still going to be creeps. Part of the issue in correcting these problems is pointing them out and by doing that, Captain Marvel is making the world a better place in the process. The film absolutely delighted the mixed crowed at the theater I was at, culminating in a round of applause as the credits began to roll and everyone left with a smile on their faces.

Check it out.

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