Captain Marvel (2019)

Captain Marvel
Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Writer: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Based on: Roy Thomas and Gene Colan‘s character
Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Clark Gregg, Stan Lee, Don Cheadle, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo
Part of: Marvel movies
Seen on: 11.3.2019

Vers (Brie Larson) is one of the warriors on the Kree planet Hala, led by Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). They are fighting against the Skrulls. Vers is a skilled fighter, but she struggles with keeping her emotions in check and she also lost her memories, some of which may or may not be haunting her in her dreams. After yet another skirmish with the Skrull, Vers crashlands on Earth where she draws the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D., in particular Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Together they try to find out about Vers’ past, but also to find a way to fight the Skrulls that keep coming.

I am very content with Captain Marvel. It may not be the best of the Marvel movies but it is very good and a Marvel film with a woman at the center (and a woman directing) was more than overdue anyway. More of this please.

The film poster showing Vers/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) in her Captain Marvel outfit, energy flowing through her.

Captain Marvel was a little too predictable at times (though the central plot twist that was most important works) and the balance between action and plot was a little off. But to make up for that, the film has a healthy dose of humor and a nice 90s soundtrack, which I certainly appreciated.

Given the cast, it is little surprising that the performances here are excellent, although Coulson’s departure into the uncanny valley by de-aging Clark Gregg was distracting and disconcerting. But they dig nicely into the characters and it was refreshing to get a look behind the coolness that is Nick Fury later in his life.

Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) clasping hands with Carol Danvers (Brie Larson).

Most importantly, though, Vers/Carol is a great character and Brie Larson is an excellent choice to play her. The film comes particularly alive when she meets Maria (Lashana Lynch), not only because that’s where things get really personal, but also because Maria has excellent chemistry with Carol and Lynch is quite a scene-stealer.

Overall, I really enjoyed myself and the film and I’m ready for more non-male superheroes. Let’s hope that we get many more.

Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) inkognito in an archive.

Summarizing: Very nice.

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