MOVIE REVIEW - CAPTAIN MARVEL (2019)
(MOVIE POSTER PROVIDED VIA IMDB.COM)
***WARNING: SPOILERS MAY POP UP HERE AND THERE. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK...
HONESTLY IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS MOVIE BY NOW, TOO BAD...***
RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 3 MINUTES
RELEASE DATE: March 8, 2019
DIRECTORS: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
WRITERS: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve
Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Vers/Captain Marvel
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Ben Menelsohn as Talos/Keller
Jude Law as Yon-Rogg
Annette Bening as Supreme Intelligence/Dr. Wendy Lawson/Mar-Vel (Opps, there one of those spoilers)
Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson
Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau
(HERE'S THE REAL TRAILER)
I am aware that I am very late with my Captain Marvel review but there is a reason for that. I actually wanted to hold off on posting my thoughts about the movie until Shazam (the other Captain Marvel) was released in theaters. I even could not help but to put the Shazam trailer up top as a little Captain Marvel humor. My apologies if you did not find it funny. However, I found it hilarious.
Let us get into Captain Marvel shall we. When I saw the film a few weeks ago, I went into the theater not expecting all too much from this film. Do not get me wrong. Marvel has more than proven themselves with the care that they handle their much beloved characters. I am a comic nerd myself as you can see on one of our Instagram accounts @comicfanlegacy. But even though I know better and I am always very much against listening to critics and the internet when it comes to the characters that I love so much, I sadly fell into the pits of dispare and began to listen to the naysayers to the point where I did not expect much from the film like I had mentioned earlier. Maybe it had to do with the fact that I did not completely buy Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. Come to think of it, that had a lot to do with it. But hey, I have been proven wrong before. Batfleck exceeded my expectations far beyond anything.
We meet Vers on the Kree homeworld after a nightmare that seems like a memory. She seems to have a normal life with what we would find as normal friendships and what not. Sure being part of what looks like a galactic space force is not a norm that we would consider, but it felt natural enough on film. I really did enjoy the look at the Kree planet Hala and succeeded in what Guardians of the Galaxy did. It expanded the MCU into the cosmos.
But back to the nightmares. The nightmares showed shades of a possible former life and for whatever reason, Vers could not understand why she was dreaming of another life on a different world. She had no memory of it. After a rescue mission gone wrong, Vers is eventually taken prisoner by the Skrulls who were completely bad ass in this film with their long awaited debut into the MCU (the Skrull Talos played by Ben Mendelsohn is my favorite part of the movie..yes, that means every scene he is in). The Skrulls use some sort of mind prodding device to search through Vers memory and discover that he knows Dr. Wendy Lawson who also looks like the Supreme Intelligence (See the movie to understand what I just typed). The Skrulls are seemingly searching for a human from Earth named Wendy Lawson but may or may not have ever been to Earth before. Yeah I know it seems a little confusing, but it actually gets explained later in the film and does make sense (Mar-Vel) but I really do not want to spoil it (but I might have).
Vers ends up making it to Earth thanks to the Skrulls and soon after meets Nick Fury and our boy Coulson (remember this film takes place in 1995) and a whole bunch of shenanigans take place that eventually reveal that Vers actually Carol Danvers and is human after all but a pretty rad explosion caused her to get these amazing super duper powers that she has while also eventually realizing how powerful she actually is. Let's just say she is Thanos killing powerful.
Look I could keep going but I really do not want to give away the entire film. Even though it seemed like I did that already, I really didn't and there is so much more to be surprised by. Also I am a little happy that I had low expectations of this film and again please do not take that the wrong way. I really enjoyed the movie. I still would have liked it, but maybe not as much as I did. The film has a different feel to it and it has absolutely nothing to do because a woman is the lead. Despite my lack of confidence in Brie Larson, she did a pretty nice job. I still don't completely buy her as Captain Marvel, but that could just be because the character did not completely grow yet into what she will become. I hope that Avengers: End Game will be her defining moment. But until I see that film, I have to stick with my gut and give Captain Marvel a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars. It was a fun film, the cast was great. I just think that Captain Marvel herself has a little bit more character development to go through.