Captain Marvel is not a well-known character to people who are new to the franchise. There have been many versions of the hero dating as far back as 1967 as she held the name people may know as Ms. Marvel. In 2012 Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy spearheaded the reimagining of the female hero known now as Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel).
Marvel Studios Captain Marvel is directed by Anna Boded and Ryan Fleck. The movie stars academy award winner Brie Larson as she helms the role of Carol Danvers a fighter pilot from the U.S. military.
The story follows Carol Danvers who was brainwashed to believe she is a pink-skinned alien called the Kree. She lives on their homeward of Hala going by the name “Vers”. Carol starts her quest to solve a mystery of who she is after she finds herself stranded on Earth. The film takes place in 1995 way before our known heroes like Iron Man and Captain America were around.
The film takes on a twisty storyline that sends the audience and the characters on a journey of discovery by using memory and dream sequences along with a mission type and heist storyline to uncover secrets. Although the story flows through the film well there were times it lagged or felt like something was missing.
Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Clark Gregg and Jude Law all put on amazing performances in the film. Ben took on the role of a Skrull named Talos known in the Marvel Universe as a shapeshifting alien that can take on the form of any organic creature down to the DNA. Sam Jackson assumed is the role of Nick Fury an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D in his early years and Clark Gregg assumes his well-known character Phil Coulson, a newbie and rookie to S.H.I.E.L.D. While Jude Law takes on the role of Yon-Rogg, a Kree, mentor to Vers and the commander of the Kree military team called “Starforce”.
Because of the nature of the film, Carol Danvers was not as relatable in the sense of her being basically abducted and not knowing who she really is due to her being brainwashed. However, how she overcomes her suppressive state in the film I believe many viewers can relate to her triumph.
The cinematography was a big surprise because of how they truly captured how films were shot back in the ’90s. All of the earth scenes took a note from almost every action and heist film from the ’90s. Viewers will appreciate the feeling based on how the cameras moved in the film.
Captain Marvel is a science fiction, action, comedy, fantasy, drama in its own right. Marvel Studios uses a lot of CGI sometimes when it’s not necessary, this is true for most of their films. The animation transitions from real to CGI are not that noticeable, but you can tell if you’re looking for it. The fight scenes could have used more over the top stunts but for what it’s worth you won’t be disappointed.
Marvel Studios is making a name for itself by providing opportunities to filmmakers that are fairly new to blockbuster movies. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been making short films, movies and directed episodes for TV shows since 2003. However, they have never worked on a project this monumental. They provided a fresh take on a film that required a more character focused narrative and it paid off.
Captain Marvel is a movie you would want to watch more than once. In order for me to write a good review, I (of course) saw it twice. It holds your attention throughout the film and it’s packed with surprises.
For an origin story, Captain Marvel set itself apart from other Marvel films from the past, giving it a fresh feel through the entire film. Everything from the storyline, to the camera work, and action and even the heart to heart moments set this film apart from the rest, showing us that Marvel Studios is more than just a superhero film studio. However, some fans may have not appreciated the change in pace but that’s a story I’ll save for another post.
You definitely want to stay to the absolute end of the movie’s credits because Captain Marvel has two post credit scenes. One setting up the next Marvel film “Avengers: Endgame” that premieres worldwide next month on April 26th.
I appreciate Marvel Studios and everyone who worked on the film for changing it up and thats why I’m going to give this film an 8/10.
Captain Marvel is in theaters right now. It has had an impressive weekend in the Box Office. The film has surpassed “Marvel’s Black Panther” movie by earning an impressive $455 million globally in its first weekend.
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