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Brie Larson is both convincing and entertaining as “Captain Marvel.” Fans are excited to see her further appearances in the Marvel Universe.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) first female- centric film “Captain Marvel” is an enjoyable and nostalgic trip that establishes a solid prequel to the overall MCU. While not as impactful on the same scale as “Avengers: Infinity War,” it still provides an entertaining story to fill some space in between the larger MCU films and keeps fans hyped.
In the middle of an intergalactic conflict between two alien races, the Kree and the Skrulls, Kree Starforce soldier Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is blasted down to Earth during the 1990s. This pairs her up with young super-spy Nicholas Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to stop a possible Skrull invasion. As the movie progresses, the duo uncover clues about her past life on Earth.
Despite only making her first appearance, Danvers / Captain Marvel’s strongly developed character welcomed her in an already overstuffed world of superheroes. Larson did an excellent job bringing Marvel’s possibly most iconic heroine to life with a perfect blend of serious demeanor and charisma. Larson is both convincing and entertaining with the hopes of seeing her character develop further with her upcoming appearance in “Avengers: Endgame” rapidly approaching.
Jackson as Fury has his own interesting character development, while the studio incorporates realistic visual effects to make him look younger. He showcases a light-hearted version of the character never seen before, creating an excellent dynamic between himself and Larson.
It’s too bad, however, that there wasn’t as much of the same development placed into the film’s true main villain, despite a strong performance that attempts to shine light on a character with very little interest compared to other recent MCU baddies.
The main conflict of the Kree-Skrull War is a thought-provoking, emotional adventure with its own unique plot twists that intensify the overall film. As the movie continues, viewers might even feel sympathetic to characters that were portrayed in different perspectives during the opening scenes.
While the emotional aspects in the film are strong, it replaces a chunk of action scenes that some fans were looking forward to the most. With most of the action sequences only occurring in the beginning and very end of the film, it was like “Captain Marvel” had a large snack before dinner and didn’t have any room left for the main course, but couldn’t wait to get to dessert. The substitution for more drama over action makes the film less exhilarating compared to previous MCU releases.
During these slower sequences, viewers will still grin at the large amount of 90s memorabilia found in every scene. The film does not miss a beat in items and locations such as Blockbuster, pagers, slow internet speed, and even music from Nirvana and No Doubt. These references create a large amount of humor all ages can enjoy.
“Captain Marvel” has great performances and powerful emotion, despite less action and not-so compelling villains. Marvel Studios successfully brings an- other major female hero to the big screen that will generate hype for “Endgame” and all future installments.
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