A Marvelous Addition to the MCU | Review of ‘Captain Marvel’

By Cynthia Bujnicki

Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg & Jude Law
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.” —IMDB

Marvel studios does it again with Captain Marvel, knocking it out of the park. Brie Larson was such a good choice for Carol Danvers, capturing her spunk perfectly. That’s what I love about Carol Danvers, she has a sense of humor about her, much like all the other heroes in the Marvel universe. There is a lightness to balance all that power that makes her such a gravitating character, even though she’s incredibly powerful. She has all this power to her, this powerful to end wars. She is, by far, one of Marvel’s more powerful heroes.

Carol Danvers is a great character and the way both the writers and the actress were able to bring her to life was incredible. Brie Larson is an amazing actress and took on this role very seriously. She was able to connect to her fellow actors as well as the character and history going on in the movie. And that can be said for all the actors, they were all great, nailing their parts with perfection and generating strong on-screen dynamics with one another.

As for the story, it was well done. It held together well. Yes, it followed Marvel’s formula when it comes to origin stories, but it’s a formula that works. It doesn’t feel outdated or tired, The story builds upon itself, revealing important details and twists as they come. It is a film with a story that comes full circle; the end connects to the beginning and the beginning connects to the end, missing either of these moments diminishes the impact of the film. It has to be watched in sitting, no bathroom breaks, nothing. It’s a strong solid film that, through flashbacks, dialogue, and character dynamics, allows the viewer to get to know who Carol Danvers is. She is a woman who fights for what she believes is right. The momentum of the film, while a bit slow at times, allows audiences to look back in time and see who some of the more important characters are, like Fury and Coulson for example. There’s history to the film, but it’s fun, it doesn’t drag the story down and it doesn’t bore the audiences.

Overall, it’s a great origin film and a great way to introduce Carol Danver’s into the MCU. It showcases her personality, her ethics, her morals, and her strength in her journey to discover her lost memories and her place as a hero. (★★★☆ | A)

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—Film Credits—

Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck

Screenplay by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet

Story by: Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet

Based on Captain Marvel by Stan Lee & Gene Colan; Carol Danvers by Roy Thomas & Gene Colan

Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg & Jude Law

Rating | Length | Genre: PG-13 | | ActionAdventureSci-Fi

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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