Captain Marvel Review
by A. West
**** 4 Stars
‘I personally rather enjoyed Captain Marvel as I believe that it was the representation of a female superhero that young girls of our generation have needed for a while now.’
Plot Synopsis: Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot, Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Captain Marvel is the first female led Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and it took a full decade and 20 MCU Films for the franchise to produce a single film with a female protagonist. Ultimately, Captain Marvel gets its many jobs done, and it looks pretty good doing it. As a first-shot representation movie, it isn’t as game-changing as Black Panther, and it isn’t as adventurous as Thor: Ragnarok but it does deliver the girl-power narrative the MCU needed on a level to rival Wonder Woman, and not just by making Captain Marvel a powerful hero. It also makes her an admirable person, one with good friends and goals worth fighting for. And it firmly establishes Carol Danvers as one of Marvel’s mightiest superheroes, which is exactly what the Avengers will need in Endgame.
I personally rather enjoyed Captain Marvel as I believe that it was the representation of a female superhero that young girls of our generation have needed for a while now. Yes, there are superheroes like Wonder Women, Black Widow and Scarlet Witch but only Wonder Woman so far has a movie of her own, and she is within the DC universe. Considering the way our generation are very self conscious about the way they look and the way they are supposed to act, having this representation shows that it’s okay not to be normal and that not everyone is going to be the same. I also loved the music and director Ryan Fleck has said music was the first thing they concentrated on during pre-production by creating a playlist that wound up including songs like No Doubt’s “I’m Just A Girl,” Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” and R.E.M.’s “Man on the Moon”. In Captain Marvel, it uses the soundtrack as a kind of running gag, driving audience nostalgia while playing up the humour of adding familiar songs to alien situations which I found rather intriguing.
Captain Marvel is currently available on Sky and was rated 12 by the BBFC.