The Silver Screen

Captain Marvel Review

Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan and Annette Bening

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

So I went to this movie with an open mind. Amidst all the mixed reviews and ideologies swirling around I went into this movie wanting to know who is this character, what was her story, what makes her standout.

The first half hour felt like you were going in light speed. It was hard to comprend what was going on and it was a bit hard to grasp onto solid information that was given to audience.

You are introduced to the protagonist, Carol Danvers in a unique way. From first glance, she seems like a product of her environment, living on the alien planet of Hala, her personality is dry and inclusive. But when you take a look at her intergalactic Starforce team, you understand why.

They are told to repress their emotions which Carol easily adapts to because she has no memories of her past life, which comes in and out in flashbacks and visions. Throughout the film, she soon begins to struggle to hold that stoic side of her self at bay as she puts the pieces together of the life she once knew.

In my opinion, the movie picks up when she crash lands onto Earth—a Blockbuster of all place. In our society, we’ve been really invested in pop culture nostalgia. Hence staples the year of 1995. So the nineties element was not just thrown in the movie, it was its own character as it helped the characters on their mission.

I have to give massive props to whoever’s behind the movie magic behind the de-aging making Samuel L. Jackson, who reprises as everyone’s favorite tough-as-nail spy. They also de-aged Clark Gregg, who reprises his role as Agent Coulson which is great as well. Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson’s chemistry was excellent. They bounce off each other really welled. You can totally believe their friendship, a brother and sister bond who constantly teased each other on no end.

From watching the film Room, I have already seen Brie Larson’s acting abilities. She was absolutely stellar in that movie. Now looking at Captain Marvel I noticed that similar to her character Carol, she was holding back. Now I do not say that in a bad way I think it just goes along with her character. I think that because of the environment Carol lives in she comes off as a very closed off. When she comes to earth, she pulls back the layers and shows the rawness.

In addition that rawness comes from the brilliant performance from Lashana Lynch who steals the show on multiple occasions. Lynch who plays Maria and her on-screen daughter, Akira Akbar add emotional depth to the film.

Captain Marvel is Marvel’s 21st film—and the 1st female led superhero film in the MCU. Brie Larson definitely made her mark in her debut film. She surely has the potential to shape the Marvel Cinematic Universe films and led the upcoming superheroes in the future.