Captain Marvel Breaks More Than Just The Box Office [REVIEW]
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi | Release: March 8 2019 | Director / Creator: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn
Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.
Is this my new favorite film of 2019 thus far?
Why yes, yes it is.
With a historic box office debut of $153M, Captain Marvel tells the story of Captain Marvel (CM), a soldier on the planet of Kree who has no recollection of her past apart from flashes of a life as an US Air Force Pilot named Carol Danvers. As the war against the Kree and the Skrull intensifies, CM finds herself caught in the middle of the alien war as she becomes the missing piece for a races survival or extinction.
Made in a time where movie goers have increased their interest and demand for more diverse stories and representation, CM delivers on all fronts. With Women leading the story, we have female representation in every area of authority, from soldiers, generals, spies, to scientists–every position that the world has told us no too, we have filled in this film. With authentic acting, great directing, and artistically beautiful writing, Captain Marvel continues to break the ancient Hollywood belief that films centered around a female superhero would flop on major scales.
One of the major themes within the film is resilience. We see that it was never about CM’s powers that made her stronger, but her innate ability to always get back again after being knocked down that made her stronger than all the rest. She taught us that strength comes from no one but you. This theme of constantly getting back when knocked down is sharpened by CM being a warrior surrounded by male soldiers–which in turn creates a heightened story that stands out against other typical hero based films.
Faced with the same belittling statements that women face constantly, actress and Academy Award winner Brie Larson (Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers) does an outstanding job bringing CM to life and showing viewers that the traits people use to negatively define us are our greatest assets. Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), mentors CM on the Kree planet Hala where he continually reminds her that being sensitive and empathetic is a weakness and pushes her to forget her emotions, “Think with your head, not with your heart Vers.”
Highlighting the life of a female, the film becomes a beacon to every women with the message and mission of breaking down the societal and collective thought that a woman’s confidence and self-knowledge must be broken down to the point where they agree that they should indeed be someone else. Throughout the film Brie Larson’s character fights against this belief as she disagrees with the person her superiors including Yon-Rogg, claim her to be.
Digitally de-aged Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, and the scene-stealer cat named “goose” also star in the film, bringing in-depth and comedic action to the film as well as creating a link and bridge to the others in the MCU.
If you haven’t already seen this film, I highly recommend anyone and everyone to go watch this revolutionary film. Visually stunning Captain Marvel is an action packed adventure with undertones of humor and laced in foreshadowing to the previous Marvel films that will leave you entertained and in deep need for more.
As usual with MCU films, if you go see this film in theatres, please stay TO THE VERY END! There are 2 extra scenes that you don’t want to miss!
Have you seen Captain Marvel? If so, what did you think?