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Captain Marvel: JB Review

Updated: May 6, 2019


Captain Marvel is here to reign in the studio's first fully led female superhero film, and it might show ways she could change the game. (Or the endgame in this case.) We see Brie Larson's Carol Danvers as a member of a Kree squadron, who are up against a shapeshifting race of aliens called Skrulls. It's as soon as she crash lands toward 1990's earth that her past memories from there come back and has to rediscover her origin story along with Nick Fury, in which I forgot to even realize that they de-aged Samuel L. Jackson with a CGI technique, which is very well done.

There should be plenty to enjoy, like the buddy cop-styled team up of Carol and Fury and a cat named Goose, though for one thing this has less of a visual flair compared to past Marvel movies. But of course there's more to the story than just being a spectacle, it may feel more like a nod to phase one of the franchise or action movies of the 90's. Its two directors, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who helmed for lower budget films and television, seem to bring it at a simpler pace that doesn't feel as surprising as most Marvel films have become, how it shows its main villains could be questionable, and in all honesty I would have wanted a little more in Brie Larson's performance. But if we can see the upsides and how it would balance the usual themes of self-discovery and female empowerment, Captain Marvel can be fun and it's only the start of the hero's potential in the ever-evolving universe. B

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