CAPTAIN MARVEL FLIES INTO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

Synopsis and information obtain from ComingSoon.net
Edited by Ariel Landrum and Christopher Edelen

Grade: A

In Marvel’s latest major release, which flew into theaters on International Women’s Day, actress Brie Larson dazzles on screen, kicking butt as Carol Danvers, or Captain Marvel. The movie is set in the 1990s, a time in the Marvel Universe when Earth is wedged between two alien races at war: the shapeshifting Skrull and the Kree. Both races are on a mission to uncover the truth about something called Project Pegasus. A confused and brainwashed Danvers fights to beat them to the truth about Project Pegasus, and to the truth about herself. To avoid spoilers (as always), Captain Marvel is focused on how Danvers becomes a superhero who is incredibly powerful and dangerous to her enemies.

While Captain Marvel is obviously a superhero movie, it also encompases sci-fi, action, and comedy, all securely fastened for a 128 minute flight time. Since the Skrull can shapeshift, Danvers has a hard time trusting anyone. This vigilance leads to some very funny moments. I never expected to laugh as much, or as hard, as I did.

The movie is jam packed with action, once the backstory is complete. Danvers means business, once she realizes the truth of what’s going on in her world. She is the type to defeat her foes with little turbulence, as her hands are able to deliver fiery blasts within seconds. She can fly around like Iron Man, and excels in deadly hand to hand combat. For the most part, Danvers is filled with rage, just waiting for someone to cross her the wrong way.

The film was well acted across the board. From Academy Award winner Brie Larson to the always entertaining Samuel L. Jackson, Captain Marvel has a top class cast that does not go to waste. At times, Larson’s performance was reminiscent of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator from Terminator 2: an extraplanetary foreigner who isn’t quite naturalized on Earth.

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The sound in Captain Marvel was also awesome! I saw it in Dolby format, and you can feel every punch, blast, and explosion on screen. The movie is big and loud and it really engrosses you the entire time. Since Danvers is a pilot, there are a few airplane dogfighting scenes where you will hear the fighter jets roar across the screen, causing your seat to rumble.

Captain Marvel also boasts some pretty slick CGI. When Danvers is flying on her own, the vivid colors, intricate textures, and even the ways the wind blows through her hair are what the audiences will be excited about.

The element of Captain Marvel that really made it stand apart from other superhero movies, however, is that it was female led. In Hollywood as of late, there has been a push for more female led features, and Captain Marvel is one of the first Marvel movies to showcase a female lead.  It is also appropriately being released on International Women’s Day.

DC’s Wonder Woman  paved the road for women to take charge in 2017 in what is primarily a male dominated genre. Personally, I think it is a beautiful movement.  I am sure this trend will continue to grow, and certainly Captain Marvel has already set the standard high.

Captain Marvel is a fantastic movie every superhero fan will enjoy. Grab your best co-pilot, buckle up, and enjoy one of the best big blockbuster movies to kick off the blazing “near summer” box office.  It’s a wild and fun ride!

Rated: PG-13
Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Screenwriters: Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Algenis Pérez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, Clark Gregg, Jude Law, Annette Bening
Genre: Action, Adventure

Plot Summary:
The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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