Captain Marvel (2019) – Movie Review
The MC use newest hero Captain Marvel has entered The Fray literally Swinging with a cosmic flavoured origin story that feels like a much-needed Fresh Approach to the classic Marvel phase one formula with the soundtrack packed full of vintage 90s are worms and a delightfully unselfconscious sense of humour Captain Marvel pulls off a satisfying introduction to the hero who maybe are Avengers and game trump card.
The past remembers my past the bulk of Captain Marvel’s runtime is focused on Carol Danvers tried to figure out just who and what she is.
She’s been living among the alien Curry for years and has earned herself a position on an elite Commando unit with only fleeting memories of her life before it Carol’s Quest For answers to her past leads her to Earth in 1995 where she’s forced to work alongside newly minted Shield agent Nick Fury to uncover the truth toss some shape-shifting aliens called Scrolls and an Intergalactic conspiracy into the mix and you’ve got yourself a proper super heroic party the movie keeps the memory loss tropes to a minimum Carol never feels properly lost or floundering just frustrated that she’s up against a problem. She can’t use her powers to punch your way out of though. She certainly gives the impression that if she could brute force her own memories into the proper order. She definitely would which is Lee delightful, but it is Carol struggle against forces that want to delegitimize her including her condescending manipulative Commander Ian raag that becomes a recurring theme of Captain Marvel everywhere.
She turns Carol’s facing down someone who doesn’t think she’s worthy of the power. She has or doesn’t think she belongs in the position. She’s in and yet again, and again Carol finds a way to prove them wrong and keep fighting regardless.
Brie Larson’s performance in chemistry with Samuel L. Jackson is Nick Fury is the obvious highlight in a strong Supporting Cast she manages to capture a fiery but playful sense of humour and her character that deathly avoids the tropes associated with naive super-powered Outsiders making first contact with humans.
Carol Danvers is as unapologetically Brash and bold as a hero could be even when it gets into trouble and it’s so satisfying on the flipside Carol’s Dynamic with her human friend Maria Rambo provides the emotional core.
Lashawna Lynch manages to ground the movie with a serious and poignant through line and perfect counterbalance to Carol’s heroics and her sometimes slapstick buddy-cop relationship with Fury then Mendelssohn. Scroll Commander. Tales will be a surprise to Marvel Comics diehards, but a welcome one. He’s a far cry from a traditional MCU antagonist, but what he lacks in deviousness he makes up for in a genuinely Charming sense of humour and his motivation stem from complicated surprisingly.
Who wants places that give him a real depth of character prove your nostril?
Like the impeccably executed DEA agent of Sam Jackson the visual effects that accompany the Scrolls and their shape-shifting Transformations are all incredibly well done with animation that blends seamlessly in with the Practical effects.
Meanwhile, the Kreek have their own style and aesthetic that set them apart from both the Scrolls and the humans the action scenes are playful and engaging to watch with Larson’s physicality and choreography really taking centre stage during every fight.
Thankfully for his high Concept in Cosmic as Captain Marvel story engines are the plot itself doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel instead. It relies heavily on the greatest hits of phase one movies like Iron Man and Thor the phase one. Nostalgia does seem a bit jarring though.
It’s strange to feel the MCU suddenly pivot back to the pure origin story routine after the last two years have been so experimental and it’s hard not to walk away wishing that Carols introduction had been built into a previous movie to help add a bit more narrative wait all in all though. The result is fun and thrilling even if it’s not always the most surprising.
I’m not going to fight your War. I’m going to end it Captain Marvel manages to take the best ideas of early MCU origin stories and use them to form something that feels both familiar and fresh.
It can be a bit on the nose at times and occasionally must fast-track. It’s Exposition in a way that can feel slightly clunky but what it lacks in Grace it makes up for in charm Braille arson Stellar performance gives Carol Danvers a vibrant and joyful life that will fit right into the future of the MCU.
Whatever the future may hold.
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