Captain Marvel Review

The time has come to go “higher, further, faster” with Captain Marvel.  After a small tease at the end of Infinity War, we now get a look at the MCU’s newest hero.

Taking place in the 1990s, Captain Marvel tells the story of Carol Danvers.  Danvers is an Air Force pilot who ended up battling alongside the Kree in their war against the shape-shifting Skrulls.  However, she has no recollection of her past.  A chance encounter leads her back to Earth where she looks to find Skrull invaders with the help of SHIELD agent Nick Fury. She will also come face to face with her past and learns the truth of who she is and what her destiny will be.

The film is an enjoyable two-plus hour look back at 90s nostalgia and action.  The subtleties are there, but it is not thrown in the viewers’ face constantly.  There is enough to tell you when the story takes place or for you to say “yeah, I remember that.” The action is Marvel formulaic, but still fun to watch.

Much like the action, the story follows the basic Marvel/MCU formula for origin stories.  While we have been here before, Marvel still finds a way to keep it fun and gripping for the audience. There is also a wonderful message of never giving up placed throughout the story.

One thing that did not keep the story from being by the numbers was the characters. Samuel L. Jackson plays a Nick Fury who is still developing who he will become later. Ben Mendelsohl’s portrayal as Skrull leader Talos is almost show stealing. Brie Larson’s portrayal of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel is very relatable, yet badass when called for it. Larson doesn’t over play the role or make it a hand on hips “I’ll save the day” type of hero.  Also, yes, Goose the cat gets a few moments to shine.

Captain Marvel fits right into the MCU’s cast of characters.  The film really helps build anticipation for her role in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. Be sure to stay for the mid and post credit scenes, and be ready for a great Stan Lee cameo as well as a touching tribute to him.

Captain Marvel is rated PG-13 and is being screened in standard, 3D, and IMAX formats.

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