Captain Marvel Stands Tall In Her Nostalgic Cinematic Debut

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That's honestly about all I can say about the Kree, even though they're the only part of Carol Danvers' (Brie Larson) life that she can remember up to this point. At least he though Samuel L. Jackson's de-aging CGI was cool.

Carol gets her first taste of meta-humanity through a very Dr. Manhattan-type event, where some science thing explodes and gives her superpowers. While there are some not-so-kind reviews written about the film, the superhero flick now holds an 89 percent grade on Rotten Tomatoes. This time, though, Rotten Tomatoes disabled that feature, ruling the site would only allow audience reviews once the movie opened. This leads to a couple of moments of, "Wait, what just happened?" or, "Why would they believe her?" that could have been avoided with a more carefully paced script, or, in a ideal world, a more thoroughly constructed preamble in another movie altogether.

Entertainmeny Weekly's Dareen Franich said the movie was basically a big, messy adventure - but still a fun one. The story starts on the planet Kala, home world of the Kree, literal blue-bloods of the galaxy, whose Starforce keeps order as they battle the shape-shifting Skrulls that aim to infiltrate planet after planet. She is saved, hauled off to space and given special powers by an elite Kree military force, under the leadership of Yon-Rogg (Jude Law).

This "Vers" has no memory of her past life, just flashes from a time six years earlier.

On her first mission, Vers is captured by the Skrulls.

Brie Larson plays Vers (pronounced "Veers"), a member of an elite Kree military unit called Starforce whose goal is to hunt down Skrulls and prevent them from invading peaceful planets across the galaxy. And the movie desperately wants to be a feminist rallying cry, but does little to earn that role outside of having a female main character and playing No Doubt's "I'm Just A Girl" during one of the fight scenes.

Oscar-winner and child-actor-done-good Brie Larson plays Danvers, and the title character in Marvel's 21st theatrical outing. Female fingerprints are all over Captain Marvel, from four women - Anna Boden, Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve, Geneva Robertson-Dworet - and one guy (Ryan Fleck) sharing the story credit, to two women - Boden, Robertson-Dworet - and one guy (Fleck again) working on the screenplay.

Plot details are still under wraps but the Avengers are expected to attempt to undo Thanos' snap which gave way to the decimation of half of the Universe after the heroes failed to stop the Mad Titan from collecting all six Infinity Stones in Avengers: Infinity War. Carol and Nick try to prevent an invasion of the planet by the Skrull, led by their commander Talos (Ben Mendelsohn).

Boden and Fleck also handle the pyrotechnics with abundant skill. The screenplay is cleverly twisted; we begin in the middle of Captain/Carol's story, not knowing what she doesn't know, and make our way slowly back to her past, picking up characters (and that stowaway feline) along the way.

Captain Marvel's powered by a dynamite performance by Oscar victor Brie Larson (Room) as Carol Danvers.

At the risk of adding yet another middle-aged white male voice to the critical choir, I find myself in broad agreement with the opinions cited above.

Telling Captain Marvel's story was also a way to compete with DC Comics, owned by Warner Bros., whose superhero hit Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, premiered in 2017 and raked in more than US$800 million (RM3.27 billion) worldwide.

MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned.

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