I went to an exclusive media screening of CAPTAIN MARVEL last Monday and can sum the movie up in two words: BAD ASS! “Captain Marvel” is everything I didn’t know I wanted and more – which speaks volumes because I came into the film with no comic book knowledge of the character and no real expectations besides it being Marvel, a company that normally comes correct on the big screen.
From the opening flash of the Marvel logo, which was presented as a beautiful Stan Lee tribute, to the final credits (which has two post credit scenes, so be advised) this film drew the audience in and held our full attention.
The movie follows the title character, portrayed by Academy award winner Brie Larson, as she journeys from the future to 1995, where her mission to track down an enemy turns into a journey of self-discovery, unexpected revelations and a full-scale intergalactic war.
Larson is phenomenal in the lead, performing her own stunts – for which she diligently trained 9 months prior to shooting. Samuel L. Jackson returns as a younger version of his Nick Fury character, and Marvel/Avengers fans will delight in finally finding out how it was he came to lose that eye.
Not only does this film have additional powerhouse performers cast, such as Jude Law (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Djimon Hounsou (The Legend of Tarzan), and the amazing character actor Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), but it scores high on the female power scale with Golden Globe winner Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians) and Lashana Lynch (Bulletproof) – the latter of whom’s character (Maria Rambeau) shows off her prowess to help Captain Marvel in battle.
And the blasts from the past in the film are great nostalgia from the music, which included throwback hits like Salt & Peppa featuring En Vogue’s “Whatta Man,” TLC’s “Waterfalls,” and No Doubt’s “Just a Girl,” to TV show references like The Fresh Prince, to the reminder of how choppy and slow uploading a document was in ’95. It all played well, and was placed well within.
In sum, Captain Marvel is a welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is chock full of woman power, diversity and entertaining from start to finish. Brie Larson more than demonstrates why she was the perfect choice for the character and, with a 1995 setting, there are some cool nostalgic references to boot. I rate this film 3 and 1/2 beats on the MMTrometer.
Until next thought, Thomasena
PS – check out the featurette below to see how Larson got Captain Marvel fit for the film!