Brie Larson as 'Captain Marvel' (Photo credit: Disney/Marvel Studios)

(Photo credit: Disney/Marvel Studios)

Movie Review: 'Captain Marvel'

What’s Good? w/J-Mo From Promo reviews Marvel's new superhero movie

March 7, 2019

If you’re a fan of the Marvel Universe, you will not be disappointed with the newest installment in the franchise – Captain Marvel.

The film takes place before the events of Iron Man, Thor, a post-popsicle Captain America and the rest of the Avengers ensemble. Plus, Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, still has both of his eyes and his hair. It also features fan favorite, a young, fresh-faced Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Mix in some 90’s nostalgia like Blockbuster Video, Radio Shack and internet cafes, you got yourself an origin story for Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel/Vers.

Taking a major step in the right direction, Captain Marvel marks the first Marvel Studios film with a female in the lead role. Possibly an attempt to go head-to-head with DC’s Wonder Woman which made over $821 million worldwide at the box office. This certainly leads the way for the upcoming Black Widow standalone movie starring Scarlett Johansson.

Captain Marvel features a great cast including Jude Law (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ), SF State alumn Annette Bening (American Beauty), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and a less utilized Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy).

Academy Award-winner and Sacramento-native Brie Larson does an amazing job as Carol Danvers. An individual who is strong-willed but still trying to find her identity at the same time. However, Samuel L. Jackson is a scene stealer! Unlike the tough and "kept together" Nick Fury we know from the previous Marvel films, we actually get to see a funny/comic relief side of the character we didn’t know existed. Although this is an origin story for Captain Marvel, it also serves as Fury's origin story for him and with S.H.I.E.L.D.

Hand it to co-directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck along with Set Designer, Robert Broadfoot creating an impeccable 90's world for Captain Marvel. The Blockbuster Video scene brought back a lot of memories with the retro soundtrack and the t-shirts Carol Danvers wore throughout the film. Kudos to Sanja Milkovic Hays and her wardrobe team.

MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT:

I like the storyline a lot because it definitely throws you for a loop. The movie opens up with Jude Law as Vers’ mentor/commander and then everything gets flipped upside-down when you find out he’s actually the villain. The guy who you thought was the villain – Talos, played by Mendelsohn, normally plays a bad guy, turns out to be a good guy.

I will say this, if you’re the average moviegoer and you haven’t watched a single Marvel Studios movie, this would be a good one to start with and work your way up to Avengers: Infinity Wars.

Overall, Captain Marvel is a nice appetizer to hold us over until Avengers: Endgame. We find out how S.H.I.E.L.D. got started, how Nick Fury lost his eye, how the Tesseract gets to Earth, where Fury got the pager at the end of Avengers: Infinity Wars, and most importantly, how Thanos is in BIG TROUBLE next month!

As a father of a 2.5-year-old girl, I’m now torn. Do I want my little girl to grow up to be Wonder Woman or Captain Marvel?

I give this movie a 7/10. Go see it! Also, there are two post credit scenes. One picks up where Avengers: Infinity Wars left off and the second (which comes after ALL of the credits) is a quick, funny scene involving Goose the "cat" and the Tesseract.

Captain Marvel opens in theaters Friday, March 8.