Movie Review: Captain Marvel

Two years ago, I reviewed another movie with a strong female superhero lead. For months leading up to that movie’s release, there was endless interwebs chatter about what a disaster it was going to be, blah blah blah. That movie was, of course, Wonder Womanand it went on to gross $820M worldwide.

So, you can imagine how much interest I paid to the same sort of mindless chatter of similar issues plaguing the new Marvel movie, Captain Marvel.

But does she live up to her DC counterpart?

You bet she does. And how!

To set the scene, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) finds herself caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. While being sent on her latest mission, she has flashes of a life that doesn’t make any sense to her, nor does it sit neatly in the current narrative that is her life.

These flashbacks set her one a quest to find out who she really is, revealing a past, and a future, she could never have imagined.

Why should I watch Captain Marvel?

Because it’s awesome. Larson is a relatable and engaging actor and she brings all this and more to her Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel character. She brings heart, soul and a gentle strength to her role. She doesn’t remain gentle, of course, when the truth awful is finally revealed.

Larson more than manages to hold her own against the formidable Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the pair making quite a team. Their characters must learn to trust each other and with Fury’s lanky snark the perfect foil for Danvers drier wit.

With a slew of support characters including Jude Law and Annette Benning, there will be something for everyone.

But it is Australia’s own Ben Mendelsohn as the mysterious Talos who almost manages to steal the show. For part of the movie, he even manages to keep his Aussie accent, which is always a huge plus for me.

Mendelsohn’s greatest competition is a cat named Goose. I will leave you to find out the rest.

The latest instalment from the Marvel behemoth is a worthy addition to the franchise and, like recently Oscar nominated Black Panther, I think it’s time for the franchise to take a good look at where the real appeal truly lies.

4 stars

Running Time :  124 minutes

Release Date :  In cinemas now

Who is in it : Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Benning, Lashana Lynch, Lee Pace


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