Captain Marvel – Andy’s Review
In short, this is one of the strongest films in the Marvel canon. Takes a while to get going and then it is non-stop. And I don’t mean just CGI action, although that plays a part. It really is more about the characters.
Brie Larson plays Captain Marvel. But for much of the film, Cap is lost. She can’t remember who she is, and the film is about her trying to piece together the bits. I won’t say, if you don’t know the story.
Much of the film takes place on Earth 1995, so expect a great soundtrack and grunge culture. A wonderfully de-aged Samuel L. Jackson plays SHIELD agent, Nick Fury. It is amazing how they’ve done it, and they’ve done it just as well as they did with Michael Douglas in Ant-Man.
Captain Marvel is of course the first female lead in a Marvel movie. DC did it brilliantly with Wonder Woman, which is stronger than all the other DC films put together. There is reference to fighting prejudice “in a man’s world” but it is more about self-belief than gender.
Believing in yourself when others doubt you, even subtly, be that colleagues or indeed your own family. And when she gets that belief, only then does she truly become Captain Marvel. Sounds a bit corny but Brie Larson translates it beautifully. We’ve probably all come across people who like to put others down, so no wonder the film has resonated with so many reviewers.
Other topics are addressed, from racism to refugees, and when a twist is revealed, you feel bad for thinking how you’ve been thinking.
So… there’s fighting, aliens, car chases, Nirvana, great acting, Agent Coulson, a touching tribute to Stan Lee and a scene-stealing cat. What more could you ask for? Apart from, roll on Avengers: Endgame.
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