Friday (Movie) Review: Captain Marvel

My rating: 4 stars

The following review may contains some mild spoilers. Nothing major (I don’t think) but if you prefer to go in with a completely blank slate, you might want to skip reading the whole post. In a nutshell: It was good. You should go see it!

Finally got to see Captain Marvel last week. We were going to see it the previous week, but I was not feeling well, so we postponed. We go to these usually in the afternoon for the matinee prices, and we were the only two people in the theater. Nice!

It was good. Brie Larson was fine as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. She played the unsuspecting pawn role decently. Jude Law played the Kree bad guy with style. Samuel L. Jackson was his usual excellent self, playing the young Nick Fury dead on pitch. And Clark Gregg was, well, Coulson.

The story was also a good one. It had me confused for a bit in the beginning, thinking “But aren’t they the bad guys?” until the “Oh, yeah, still the bad guys” moment. As Vers, Larson is convicted and sure of her role. After landing on Earth, meeting Nick Fury, and beginning to understand the flashbacks to her life as Carol Danvers, she becomes perhaps a bit confused, but determined to follow the path to the answer, no matter what that answer is. And when she determines she’s been duped for so long, she becomes unstoppable. Through it all runs a thread of a strong, independent woman, capable of thinking and acting on her own, and who can change and grow with unfolding circumstances. She leans on Fury, yes, but she doesn’t need him to figure herself out. And Goose, the cat (well, sort of) stole the show more than once!

My problem with it is that it took a while, maybe too long, to really get going. The empowering woman aspect of the story is important, of course. Getting Carol to there was mostly the point, of course, and it makes this one of the recent group of female centered movies at the top of the best of list. But the story did drag a bit in some places. Not for long, and it picked right up and got rolling again, and once the main action started, it was a basically non-stop ride to the final battle. There were just a couple spots where the exposition got in the way a little. Not enough to make me feel the movie suffered a lot from it, but it was there.

Despite those few moments, this was a Marvel action movie all the way and well worth seeing if you want to see a tough and determined woman, whose superpower isn’t just her ability to harness and control energy. With bonus cat.

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