A New Hero Joins the Battle! A Captain Marvel Movie Review

By: Mila Mabhongo, Staff Writer

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Captain Marvel, directed by Anna Boyden and Ryan Fleck, made its debut on March 8th, 2019, making it the first MCU movie with a female lead protagonist in nearly 10 years. The date of its release is also an ode to International Women’s Day, which is on the same day. The cast includes Brie Larson (Room), Jude Law (The Holiday), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), Ben Mendelsohn (Ready Player One), Annette Bening (American Beauty), and Lashana Lynch (Still Star-Crossed).

 

Captain Marvel broke Box Office records, accumulating a domestic $153 million dollars during the opening weekend, and $455 million dollars worldwide. It continues to raise sales with each passing day. This also made it the second-biggest debut for a Superhero movie, right after Avengers: Infinity War.

 

Brie Larson steps in to the role as Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force Pilot living among the Kree as a warrior with no recollection of her past life. She is trained and mentored by Yon-Rogg and his team of Kree warriors. When she crash lands on Earth in 1995, she is assisted by none other than a young Nick Fury, who helps her discover her past life and uncover the secrets of who she really is. Throughout this journey, she reconnects with her former best friend and fellow U.S. Air Force Pilot, Maria Rambeau, an African American woman who has since Carol’s apparent death, had left the Air Force to focus on her daughter. Throughout all of this, the Kree are at war with the Skrulls, a race of extraterrestrial shapeshifters. One of the leaders of the Skrulls, Talos, asks for Carol’s help in a mission to end the war, and they all embark on a journey. The inner struggles that Carol has to deal with are the development of her powers and the truth about her past.

 

The movie itself brought in a lot of mixed reviews, earning a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes so far and a 4/5 on Common Sense Media. Personally, I thought the movie was very good and that the story was distributed very well. Brie Larson sprung into action and fit into Carol Danvers’ character perfectly, being not just a powerful fighter, but displaying a fun and quirky side that we don’t often expect from many superheroes. Carol Danvers is not only a strong hero, but she has a lot of depth. The emotions she feels, her language and her personality raw and often had me relating to her. The only main critic I would have for the film is that a few parts of Carol Danvers’ story deviates from what is portrayed in the comics. This would most likely be a turnoff for many comic-fans, but that shouldn’t discourage audience. There are simply minor changes that would leave the watcher a bit confused, but not enough to not understand the context of what Anna Boyden and Ryan Fleck are trying to say. Many have stated that Carol Danvers is an important role model for women and young girls all over the world, as she is not only a symbol of empowerment, but she breaks many glass ceilings both in the film but in real life.

I would give Captain Marvel a 9/10, and I would strongly recommend that people of all ages watch it, either alone or with friends and family. I enjoyed watching the storyline develop, and experiencing the moments where I (and many other women) was able to put myself in the shoes of one of the most powerful superheroes in the universe.

 

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