Directors: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Jude Law
Runs: 124 Minutes
Walt Disney Studios first theatrical film release of 2019, ‘Captain Marvel,’ directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck is an action-adventure movie and the first Marvel Studios film to be built around a female superhero. Set in 1995, ‘Captain Marvel’ follows the title character (Bree Larson), a Kree warrior who’s known as Vers on the planet of Hala. As a soldier for the scientifically and technologically advanced militaristic alien race, she regularly works on building her combat skills with her mentor, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), the top leader of the intergalactic military force of the Kree. He continuously encourages her not to allow her emotions influence her combat skills, but she finds it difficult to stop her state of mind from determining how she’ll attack.
Yon-Rogg leads his elite team of mercenaries called Star force, which includes Vers; his second-in-command, Korath (Djimon Hounsou); and the high-ranking Ronan the Accuser played by Lee Pace. While on a mission, they’re forced to fight back against a gang of Skrulls, who are led by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), and surprisingly ambush the Kree. After fighting back against Talso and his team, Vers unexpectedly lands in Los Angeles on Earth.
While left stranded and on her own, as she waits for Yon-Rogg and the Star force to save her, Vers begins to hone her powers by trying to figure out who she was before she became a leading Kree warrior six years ago. As she sets out to uncover her past connection to Earth as Carol Danvers before she landed on Hala, fights back against Talos and his team of Skrulls from overtaking Earth and attempts to find her way back home to Yon-Rogg and their team, Vers meets Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the future director of S.H.I.E.L.D. who’s only a low-level bureaucrat at the time, and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who’s working at the time as a rookie agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Fury. The Kree warrior and agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. form a bond that will not only help her find the answers and solutions she’s looking for but also have an influential impact on the espionage-special law enforcement-counter-terrorism agency.
‘Captain Marvel’ is an enthralling movie that surprisingly relies on both emotion and visuals to showcase the title character’s backstory, and how her life has influenced the trajectory of S.H.I.E.L.D and the eventual forming of The Avengers
Throughout ‘Captain Marvel’s story, Vers has strong and serious sentiments about uncovering her past before she became a Kree warrior, and fighting to do what’s right for all worlds, but she also isn’t afraid to engage in playful banter with the people she’s working with, especially Yon-Rogg and Fury, regardless of the situation they find themselves in, and are forced to fight their way out of, in order to secure their goals. Brie Larson effortlessly plays the superhero as a determined and fearless warrior. While she’s destined to uncover the truth about her past, Vers also isn’t afraid to lead Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. into the intergalactic war between the Kree and Skrulls, and protect those who are truly innocent. With the support of such versatile directors Boden and Fleck, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel successfully makes the transition into blockbuster territory with this very enjoyable film.
Score; 8 out of 10