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Captain Marvel

So last night Rob from RetroThrowBack (https://twitter.com/Retro_Throwback) and I went to view the latest MCU film, Captain Marvel. Let me start this review by pointing out, I had no prior knowledge to who Captain Marvel was or what position they play in the complete Marvel Universe; I fall under the category of ‘I love Marvel’ but ‘I have never read a Marvel Comic Book’. I would also like to remind the internet world that this is my opinion.

There is never a time that I would suggest that you, as a film goer should ever base what film you see on the review of a movie critic. Films are made by people and the thing about this is that people have their own ideas about what is funny, moving, sad, exciting etc.. A movie critic may think that one particular film is *insert negative or positive word here* while you found it to be the complete opposite. This is totally OK because you are not the movie critic. I’ll go in to this in more depth in an April video called ‘What is opinion’.

Let’s start with the incredibly moving opening trail of Captain Marvel. Now most fans will know that we would normally see the flicking through of comic book pages, identifying the Marvel Universe; this feature has been changed up to highlight the loss of the one and only Stan Lee, a man who embodied what he created. Marvel Studios could have easily made this a sad and poignant moment starring cast members recollecting their fondest memories of Stan, instead they go for a brief flash of all his walk on roles that made us all chuckle.

Stan Lee, 1947 – 2017

The film has a fantastic 90s feel to it which for me, stirred all the nostalgic memories I could want. The soundtrack, albeit overdone, is a fantastic dose of pop through to grunge with No Doubt, TLC and Nirvana all featuring. The use of ‘I’m just a girl’ by No Doubt is a particular joy, matching the fight scene beautifully.

Following a fairly standard Hollywood story line, we go from ‘not knowing who I am’ through to ‘knowing who I am’ and then ending with ‘I know who I am and you lied to me from day one’.  Not entirely original but for the MCU it’s ideal.  

Progressing at a decent rate, you aren’t left with the temptation to check your watch. Marvel has yet again worked its magic and squeezed in enough action, comedy and deception to make it a typical MCU film. Here in lies my big issue with the film: for an origin story, was it taking itself seriously enough?

There have been multiple comments on Social Media that state Marvel haven’t taken their first female superhero outing seriously. I disagree. The MCU has expanded since the first Iron Man back in 2008, the style has been worked on and we now have a style people expect the films to meet, changing this would be a step backwards. Brie Larson gives us a young woman who is fighting to understand her place in the universe let alone the world she finds herself on, we see her grow as a person and eventually smash it out of the park with being a damn awesome heroine.

Prior to writing this review I did some very basic research in to the original Captain Marvel and was surprised to see that through out the seven incarnations from 1967 onward, the character was at points female. I will admit that I am one of many people guilty of assuming Marvel made a gender change to fit a gender agenda.

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

Brie Larson in this case takes on the role of Carol Danvers, the seventh iteration of Captain Marvel from a 2012 series written Kelly Sue DeConnick. In my humble opinion, Larson smashes the role and her cheeky smirks, scowls and quizzical looks brings the character to life on screen. From the very beginning when we see Law fighting Larson, her facial expressions bring home the point of someone fighting to understand what exactly is going on with her life.

Talking of Jude Law, I’m not normally a fan and in the interest of being truthful, I would have liked to see someone else cast in the role. I find his character portrayal lackluster and come away feeling I wanted more from him. This could well be that the films I’ve spent time watching have written for him poorly and not taken into consideration his acting range or abilities.

Sticking with actors and actresses for a few moments more, Samuel L Jackson takes Nick Fury to new levels. It has always amazed me at the quality studios manage when reversing the aging process of its actors; Captain Marvel is no exception and watching a younger Nick Fury take to the screen was fabulous. The studio could have gone with a younger actor which would have been a mistake. From the serious to bordering absurd, Samuel L Jackson has made Nick Fury his own. It truly is a wondrous moment realizing the true reason for the loss of his eye.

a de-aged Samuel L Jackson

This isn’t my favourite MCU film but it is nowhere near the bottom (Iron Man 3 still holds this spot). Is it worth watching? Well in my opinion it is worth every penny of that ticket. Ensure you stick around for the mid-credit scene but don’t worry too much about the end of credit one. Funny as it is, it might not be worth the additional ten minutes of sitting.

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