Bookstr staff member Becky was nice enough to bring me to an early screening of Captain Marvel. It is very good. I got details.
(Some spoilers ahead.)
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Synopsis: Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers is caught in an intergalactic war between two alien races. She must find a way to end the interstellar conflict by uncovering her forgotten past, two issues that are directly intertwined.
Our consensus? Brie Larson’s acting is excellent throughout, as is her interpretation of Carol Danvers. The early plot demands that her character be an emotionless “noble warrior hero” to avoid becoming a liability during missions. Despite her nailing this hard exterior, her personality manages to slip through the cracks in the form of some cutting-edge jokes. Her portrayal of determined yet impulsive drive also gives us a lot to admire.
Larson and Samuel L. Jackson have the buddy-cop dynamic down perfectly. Their exchanges are effortless. By the end of Captain Marvel, you’ll be more excited for her reunion with Jackson’s “Nicholas” in Avengers: Endgame than the revival of the other Avengers. Agent Coulson doesn’t get much screen time, but his presence is a welcome addition to the film. Lashana Lynch and Akira Akbar play mother/daughter pair Maria and Monica Rambeau—alongside Larson, the duo gives the film the majority of its emotional weight.
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Captain Marvel can be considered a strange mix between Memento, Winter Soldier, and the Jason Bourne series in terms of uncovering mystery and identity against a violent backdrop. There is a bit of Star Wars: Rogue One in there (aside from actor Ben Mendelsohn’s return as a Disney bad guy) given the cool space battles and the covert nature of the protagonists’ missions. Of course, it can’t all be perfect—this point actually brings me to my criticisms of the film.
It feels as though the film lacks intensity and a sense of high stakes, which are required in superhero films. This is probably due to directors/writers Anna Boden’s and Ryan Fleck’s lack of experience with making blockbusters. Fortunately, what the pair lacks in scope, it compensates for with personal moments and great exchanges between the characters. This is a very refreshing and welcomed change after Marvel’s previous track record of sometimes formulaic installments.
Boden and Fleck make sure to include some substantial plot twists and nostalgic 90s references as well, which are certain to appeal to the sentimental among us. Their tribute to the late Stan Lee will also have you choking back tears.
Remember the 90s style promotional website for the film?
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My ultra enthusiastic and mega-fangirling-during-movie coworker, Becky, made sure to share her thoughts:
I felt badass after watching it. There were no damsels in distress, which was nice to see for once. Every character was likeable. Every character had redeeming qualities, which was a very nice change of pace for Marvel and comic book movies in general (here’s looking at you DC). Also, there was no oversexulization of the women. Like, NO SEXUALIZATION OF THE WOMEN! THE ONLY OTHER MOVIE THAT DID THAT WAS WONDER WOMAN, AND THERE WERE NO JOKES ABOUT THE WOMEN.
Am I happy to have another ticket to see it on Saturday? Absolutely.
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