So I saw the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first film with a female lead and the first one also co-directed by a woman and I can’t say enough good things about it. With DC’s release of the criticially acclaimed Wonder Woman, Marvel definitely had some boots to fill, and they did it in spades in their own MCU fashion.
While Captain Marvel is two hours of mind-blowing visual effects and story telling that you have become accustomed to from Marvel, it is also a story of female empowerment. Brie Larson is so strong and cool as US Air Force pilot turned super hero trying to uncover who she really is. It doesn’t say that women are stronger than men, just that woman are strong. It isn’t slamming any kind of “agenda” down your throat. More than anything, it is a story that anyone, male or female, can relate to. You get knocked down, you get back up, dust yourself off and keep going. It is a story of human empowerment at it’s very core.
The thing I am both surprised at and pleased with is that there is no love interest in Captain Marvel. There is not even the smallest hint of one. This is a female origin story without all of the flirtation and inuendo, and honestly, I couldn’t be happier. The story is stronger for it. The struggle of Carol in the film to come to terms with her powers, learn to control them and confront inner demons created from a society that tells her that women can’t race cars, join the army, or become fighter pilots. That is more than enough to hold my interest without the need for her to have a man to lean on.
Samuel Jackson two-eyed Nick Fury was a great partner to Carol Danvers in this film. The banter puts a smile on your face, and it is good to see characters like Fury and Colson at the beginning of their careers. What is great is that not once is Fury “the hero” of the story. He is support. He is the tie in to Infinity War and were the MCU is today. But if nothing else, he is a friend to Carol taking everything that comes at him in that cool Nick Fury stride. The way he interacts with the cat Goose (Chewy from the comics) shows us such a great side of him that we have never seen before.
I do have to say that the story telling was superb. They didn’t fall into the trope of giving us clumsy flashback therefore continuously taking us in and out of the story. Instead, we are taken along this journey of discovery at the same pace that Carol Danvers is. It isn’t a great use of story telling that I wish more movies would use.
What is true of Danvers, and so many other Marvel heroes, is that we learn about her through her humanity. We connect to her through her faults while being astounded by her abilities. Falling does but standing back up becomes one of her driving forces. Something we can all relate to. What makes Carol a hero isn’t her ability to shoot plasma from her fists, it’s her ability to push forward. It’s her ability to stand back up.
Outside of the movie, the homage paid to the late, great Stan Lee at the beginning of the film is perfect in every single way. Short, elegant and powerful. I couldn’t have asked for more. Also, while I am still shocked to see people stand up before the credits are done rolling at a Marvel film, I think it is important for you all to know that there is 2 after credit scenes.
All in all, I would give Captain Marvel a 8 out of 10. Solid from opening title seequence to the very last after credit scene….