Review: Captain Marvel (2019)

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Screenwriters: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Clark Gregg
Genres: Sci-fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive language
Release Dates: 3/8/19 (Wide Theatrical); 6/11/19 (Disc/Streaming–Disney+)

I know I’m in the minority, but I loved Marvel’s first female-fronted superhero flick. I can’t understand the issues that others have had with it, especially the casting of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers aka Vers aka Captain Marvel. If she appears a little wooden at first, it’s because the character is under the assumption that she is a Kree (i.e. alien) and is unsure of her past.

The best moments in this film come from the adorable and funny interactions between Carol and a young Nick Fury (a de-aged yet still on-point Samuel L. Jackson). They are an unlikely pairing, which makes it all the more amusing. Then, there’s the scene-stealing Ben Mendolsohn as the shape-shifting Skrull leader, as well as third-act twists that you may or may not have seen coming. It was so heartening to me, as a woman, to see such raw, amazing strength in the first female superhero in the MCU. And, let’s not forget cute kitty Goose, who is not what or who he seems.


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