The 90s are all that, and so is Brie Larson’s welcomed addition to the MCU
Rotten Tomatoes has suffered some internet trolls regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) latest feature “Captain Marvel,” saying the movie was crappy or less than perfect. In my perspective, who cares whether or not the movie got mixed reviews? People are just gonna see it anyway. That’s just how it is with Marvel fans, except “Fantastic Four,” but almost everybody never thought they were destined to be movie stars.
But don’t worry. “Captain Marvel” is a lot of fun in the ways it borrows elements from “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,” “Memento,” and “Top Gun,” and brings all the 90s nostalgia. But more importantly, it’s the MCU finest chance to finally give a woman the leading role, and that happens to be the wonderful Brie Larson.
The movie takes place in the 1995, way, way, way before Thanos snapped this fingers, obliterating half the universe, so you’re gonna see some familiar faces, who have previously died in other Marvel movies, or just got older. In Samuel L. Jackson’s case (age and Thanos victim), his face got digitized.
We begin on the planet Hala, where Vers (Larson) is training with her Kree commander Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), and must battle a shape-shifting green goblin-faced species known as Skrulls, led by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn). Sorry, if I’m rushing things, but Kree is another race, in which their blood is blue, and their skin complexions are either blue or the actor’s normal skin color.
The Skrulls capture Vers, and infiltrate her memories in order to find a scientist (Annette Bening), who may have developed a light speed project, which they need. Her memories were apparently altered, and she was an Air Force pilot on Earth named Carol Denvers, who was presumably dead in a plane crash. She receives the Kree powers, following that.
Not only does she struggle to get her past together, but she begins to discover what team she’s fighting on. That’s where Nick Fury (Jackson) and her old Air Force pilot friend (Lashana Lynch) come in.
The other now dead, but still alive characters here (remember this is the 90s) are Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who begins to join Nick Fury’s future project (you know what that is), and the Kree baddie Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), who plans to make sure the Kree wins the war.
“Captain Marvel” gives women the chance to take the leading role in the MCU, and continues to prove to us that they have the power to overcome the demons in this world or any other world. If DC can tell Wonder Woman’s story, then why not Marvel? It’s crucial that both genders get a turn, and that goes to Larson, who offers some flexible and fine work as the title hero.
The alien make-up is “Guardians of the Galaxy” is fantastic, the special effects for Captain Marvel’s suits are both colorful and cool, the supporting work from Jackson, Benning, Mendelsohn, and Law is fun, and the 90s are all that. We get music hits (from Salt n Pepa, Hole, TLC, and No Doubt, among others), a Blockbuster video store (where the hero crash landed), and all the trinkets and gadgets we barely find any more.
It’s not a completely perfect MCU movie like “Black Panther,” because of how the story may get a little complicated with the memories and alien war. But for everything else, mostly Larson’s charms and the writing and direction by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, I still had a lot of fun.