Monday, June 17, 2019
MARIAH's THOUGHTS on Captain Marvel (2019)
For intense sequence of destruction, mayhem and creature violence
March 8, 2019
DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date:
June 11, 2019
2 hrs 4 minutes
Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.
Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lee Pace
Note: This review contains SPOILERS
Family friendly, action packed with a sprinkle of humor, and all of it tying into Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel is a well-done film with a few details the attentive viewer may nitpick at. Brie Larson plays Vers, Carol Danvers, and Captain Marvel as a strong-willed, independent, and tenacious hero. While she starts the film with the name Vers, Larson’s character strives to learn about her past and subsequently more about her powers. The film includes well timed soundtracks and songs from the 1990’s as well as video games, particularly Street Fighter. Captain Marvel showcases its purpose as a prequel to the Avengers by including young S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Phillip J. Coulson and Nicholas Joseph Fury or preferably Fury, the loss of Fury’s left eye, a post-movie scene tying into Avengers: Infinity War, and a post-credits scene of Fury’s cat coughing up the Tesseract.
Vers starts in the film as an amnesiac Kree Starforce member on the planet Hala. She is haunted by dreams of an older woman, Dr. Wendy Lawson/Mar-Vell, who she feels some connection to, but her commanding officer and world leader, Yon-Rogg and the Supreme Intelligence respectively, provide no solace or insight when she talks about her dreams. It isn’t until Vers and her squad are on a mission with Ronan the Accuser that her Vers persona starts to unravel. The shape shifting Skrull race capture Vers and help her unlock her suppressed memories, but after her escape she crash lands on Earth where her real life and memories begins to come back to her. She is Carol Danvers a former United States Air Force pilot who supposedly died in a plane crash, an experiment for Dr. Lawson, in 1989. As is turns out, Dr. Lawson was killed by Yon-Rogg and Carol shot the engine, causing it to explode. From it, Carol absorbed the energy from the Tesseract based engine and gained amnesia.
A large part about Captain Marvel, aside from learning about Carol’s past, is the twists and slumps that she has to go through before she realizes her potential to be a compassionate and brave hero. In the film, she learns that the Kree are an imperialistic race that will destroy all who defy them and the Skrull are refugees looking for a new home away from Kree rule. The protagonist characters that help Carol find out more about herself, how the crash, and subsequent explosion gave her amnesia are a supportive group of enemies turned comrades and old friend, US pilot Maria Rambeau. They help her find the location of Dr. Lawson/Mar-Vell’s laboratory and help the remaining Skrull survive an attack from Yon-Rogg’s squad. They are a cast of characters who, despite fear for their safety, display kindness and courageous effort to stop the Kree from attacking Earth or getting to the Tesseract. They help provide comedic relief and support through young Nick Fury’s snide remarks and Skrull Talos’ laid-back yet diplomatic personality between Carol, Fury, and the Skrull refugees.
In the end, Captain Marvel proves to be an entertaining, inspiring film, not simply for the sake of continuing the Avengers timeline or in this case, starting it. It is a superhero movie where the protagonist’s greatest strength is her human weaknesses that can truly connect to today’s audience despite the setting of the film. Like many people who strive for a dream, she continues to get back up when she’s knocked down. She’s just a girl that wants to prove her oppressors wrong and help people along the way, serving as a great role model.