Directed by: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
Premiered on March 8, 2019
I’m going to try and be completely unbiased in the following review. Oh. Who am I kidding? I wanted this movie to be amazing. I went into this movie knowing I was going to love it. I have hyped this movie to everyone I know. And I’m not going to lie, it has taken Marvel much too long for them to finally have a female led movie. To be fair*, they did bring us Agent Carter, but they took her away from us far too soon.
So. Unbiased? Probably not, but I’ll be as honest as I can. I loved this movie. This is also the part where I pledge my undying love for Carol Danvers.
So quick summary:
We meet Vers (Brie Larson), a trainee of the Starforce Military. She’s been with the Kree for six years now since she was found by her now mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). During her first mission with the Starforce, she’s kidnapped by a group of Skrulls. She is able to pull off an amazing escape, and sets off to figure out the Skrulls plans. She crash lands on Earth and very quickly gets to know Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the newbie SHIELD recruit Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). While on Earth Vers discovers that there’s more to her past than Yon-Rogg originally let on.
Spoiler: Her name is Carol Danvers and she’s a former test pilot for the US Air Force.
So lets, get this bit out of the way first…This is not a perfect movie, but so few movies are. It reminded me of very early Phase One Marvel. Which is not a bad thing. We’ve just seen quite a few of those movies at this point. There was a lot riding on this movie, and a lot of people wanting to see it either succeed or fail. No matter what there was going to be people ending up on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Growing up I didn’t really have a Captain Marvel. I ran around dressed as Batman. Seeing little girls run around dressed as Captain Marvel makes this a success in my eyes.
There were times when the movie felt really dense with explanation. Right up top there’s so much exposition that it felt a little clunky. I’ve seen some movies handle this kind of thing worse and some movies handle this better. Once Carol makes it to Earth, however, is when the story and she really shines.
I’m extremely picky when it comes to the dialogue in my own writing, so I tend to notice it the most when it’s … when it needs an extra draft. At times it sounded like something you’d write out just to get something on the page with every intention of going back in to make it sound more natural. This is not to say that any of the actors weren’t doing their absolute best at everything.
So lets talk about the great moments of the film. Brie Larson is my perfect Captain Marvel. She’s funny and clever and so over men telling her she’s too emotional. I could watch her take ships apart all day long. There was this one perfect fight scene towards the end of the movie where she’s fighting at least 4 people while No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” blares in the background and I swear it was cinematic poetry.
While we’re on the subject of No Doubt, the 90’s nostalgia was perfect. We’ve seen so much 80’s nostalgia, the 90’s was a natural progression (and it was time for it). It took me back to my childhood. You better believe I laughed out loud as we watched everyone watch the progress bar slowly load for a CD. My audience clapped and laughed just seeing Blockbuster and Radio Shacks on screen.
All in all. This was a great start to the hopefully long and successful Captain Marvel franchise. I’m so ready for her to swoop in and kick Thanos’ ass.
P.S. Goose without a doubt stole the show. No one could compete with him in any scene he was in. The true MVP.
*to be faaaairrrrrrrrrrr