On St. Patrick’s day, instead of getting drunk off of Guinness and Jameson, I decided to watch ‘Captain Marvel’. This was the better choice and I want to present my review for you here. Normally I would post this review on my YouTube channel, but due to technical difficulties I wasn’t able to record, but I still want my thoughts about the film to be on documented in case I get back online.
To begin: if I were to sum up this entire film into one sentence it would be “Let Carol be great.” The story begins after she wakes up from a recurring dream she has and is trying to figure out why. As the story progresses we find that her life as Carol Danvers was one of trying to be strong and get ahead, but always pushed down by her peers and her family as being weak. The same trend continued when she was later blocked of her memory and trained to be a Kree warrior.
Without giving too much away of the plot I want to share what I really liked about this film. First, out of the entire MCU, this was the first film where I really liked Nick Fury’s character. Don’t get it twisted, I have always liked Samuel L. Jackson, but the character Nick Fury was always a little bit lacking for me and I think more time was taken to flesh him out as a character in this film. Carol is a solid hero and I think Brie Larson plays her well. This is going to sound a little crazy, but I truly appreciate that they cast an actor to play her who doesn’t have a lower vocal register.
Maybe it’s just me feeling bitter since I have a super high voice that makes me sound like I’m perpetually 8-years-old.
For some reason, many lady superheroes are cast with lower voices to show maturity, strength, and sexiness; but that’s lame. Just because her voice is higher doesn’t mean she’s not strong, or mature, or sexy, or won’t whoop your ass.
Going back to Nick Fury for a second…I felt so seen when they featured his bond with Goose the Cat (Flerkken). I, too, am a total softie when it comes to cats, so I get it. This film already earned high points for me when Goose had her own poster for the film. After the movie was over, all I could think about is wanting an orange Tabby girl of my own. In my mind, this film was a success.
I loved Maria Rambeau, played by Lashana Lynch and her daughter (and future Captain Marvel) Monica Rambeau, played by Akira Akbar. I loved that Maria was not only a pilot, and a strong woman in her own right. However, there is a strong criticism about how they meshed much of Monica’s storyline into Carol’s which is not cool. I admit I’m not as familiar with the storyline so if you want to read a really good explanation of why this is not good, please check out this Medium post by Court Danee.
This is also a perfect segue into what made me unhappy about the film. I know this was an introduction to one of the strongest characters in the MCU, but it was a little dry at most parts. There were jokes, that I know were supposed to be jokes, but they really didn’t land all that well. Also, with the film taking place in 1995, it seemed like the directors were trying to shove in as much 90’s nostalgia that they could. Nothing wrong with the ’90s, and in ’95 I was 12-years-old, but it just felt forced. This film is about the hero Carol Danvers, not whether she listened to Garbage or not (I love Garbage, so no slander from my part), though I do appreciate the recognition of the inequities women still faced during that decade. The CGI was a little rough (the same could be said about any MCU film) and at parts quite cartoonish for something that is trying to pass as live action. There were also parts in the story that I felt was missing and made the plot a little choppy. I’m sure those scenes were probably filmed which would have given a better explanation to the overall plot but somehow ended up on the editing room floor.
I still enjoy this film and would recommend it to others. Bravo for a first run ‘Captain Marvel’!