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Review: ‘Captain Marvel’


Rating: 5 stars

Before the Avengers were even a thing, Captain Marvel was the hero who started it all, as she was the first Avenger. In order for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to work, this almost origin story of the Avengers’ creation needed to be told for the story of these heroes to make sense. In other words, “Captain Marvel” does a great job helping the audience understand the historic backstory of the Avengers timeline, as well as generally being a great movie.

I have to admit, I was not sold on the trailers. The movie seemed cheesy and formulaic with nothing new being brought to the table. As it turns out, I was dead wrong, as this is one of the best films of the year so far.  

Brie Larson plays Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, and she is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first female lead. Now let me tell you: she is amazingly talented in this film. This is yet another amazing step for female representation in Hollywood, as this film will possibly go on to inspire filmmakers to use women in more empowering roles such as this.

The story starts off sort of slow with unfamiliar characters on an Alien planet. Her role in the movie starts out as a warrior who is preparing for war by an alien mentor named Yon-Rogg, played by Jude Law. He has trained her to join his team and defeat their enemies of another alien planet.

Taking place later on at Earth, we find out that Carol struggles with memory loss about her past and has a loss of control over her powers from the alien land. Pieces of the mystery of what happened come together smoothly, forming a very satisfying conclusion.  

The movie is set in the mid 1990s, which is a really cool and nostalgic setting. The music and the environments felt really realistic to the time period and acted as a character in the film itself.

The soundtrack is also really cool if you’re a fan of music from the ‘90s. The music was chosen to fit in super well with the film. The songs included in the film were, but not limited to, “Lost the Target,” “I’m All Fired Up,” and more. All of the tracks from start to finish give off that lovely ‘90s vibe that one can’t help but enjoy.

To add, the film is set before all the other Avengers were around. The then-leader of the Avengers, Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, is now seen with both eyes, compared to previous movies where he is only seen with one. This was a jarring but refreshing take on an otherwise iconic character.  

The comedy between Danvers and Agent Fury is perfect, showing the flawless on-screen chemistry between Larson and Jackson. Specifically, when they were in scenes together they were always making each other laugh, which was nice because it made it seem like they were actually good friends in real life.

This film was not at all what I was expecting. I was very surprised with how much humor was included in the film, despite it being an action-based movie. This surprisingly is also a really good family film, as there is not too much graphic violence or blood. The movie itself on the other hand kept me interested throughout the whole runtime. Once the action picked up, it was so intense that I lost track of time and forgot I was even watching a movie!

I would say the movie was a success for my personal liking and brought up so many questions that made me think about the future of the Avengers. So much to look forward to and so many unanswered questions! If you are a diehard Avengers fan, grab a date, gather your snack and pop, and enjoy this exceptionally outstanding movie!

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