12 Movie Review

posted Mar 13, 2019, 10:16 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 13, 2019, 10:16 AM ]

Captain Marvel

The seeds for the latest film to roll out from Marvel Cinematic Universe's (MCU) stable were laid post-credits at the end of 'Avengers: Infinity War'. (The post-credits teaser in each film from the MCU studio is proving to be the stuff of legend.) In spite of their best efforts, the Avengers are unable to stop Thanos from wiping out half of the human race along with half of the Avengers. Before fading away into oblivion, Agent Fury presses a button on a little device, seemingly a distress signal. But who was on the other side of that call? The latest offering from the MCU is the answer.

Carol Danvers (played by Brie Larson) becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes, when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. 'Vers', as she is called on the planet Kree, is being trained as a combatant by her mentor, played by Jude Law. However, she doesn't seem to remember much about her past, and she suffers flashes of nightmares in her sleep. Ambushed by a group of Skrulls while on a mission to retrieve a Kree spy, she crashlands on the planet Earth, known to her only as 'C-53'. Thus begins a journey of rediscovery and learning her true identity.

The film is action-packed, and Brie Larson combines poise and humour effortlessly. She manages to stand tall amongst the other well-known male protagonists in the film. However, a comparison with the DC Universe's own Wonder Woman is unavoidable. Captain Marvel is no match for Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in terms of sheer charisma, inner strength and resolve. While Gal Gadot oozed confidence and personality in her character, Larson seems a bit stone-cold and emotionless, and fights principally with the help of photon blasts acquired because of exposure to an exploding energy core. Is the MCU cashing in on 21st century feminism by calling in a woman super hero to save the Avengers? Captain Marvel at times seems just like the final jigsaw piece to lead MCU fans to 'Avengers: Endgame.