Kathy vs. TK’s Review of CAPTAIN MARVEL – Rated PG-13

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This Review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser and contains NO SPOILERS

CAPTAIN MARVEL – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 4 mins.

DIRECTORS:  Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

WRITERS:  Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet

STARRING:  Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening and Clark Gregg

As we venture back to a Marvel prequel, circa 1990’s, we meet Vers (Brie Larson), who arrives on earth as a Kree warrior, although she seems to have intense feelings and flashbacks, pointing towards Earth is where she has belonged all along. When she mounts her attack against the alien, shapeshifting Skrull leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), it seems that S.H.I.E.L.D. officer Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is going to come along for this joy ride, as he is convinced that Vers may be the long-vanished Air Force Pilot Carol Danvers, but with some newly acquired strength and abilities, that no normal human has ever possessed before.  When Danvers former alien mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) brings his fellow aliens down to earth to set things straight with her, and the Skrulls too, it seems that Earth is about to be caught in the crosshairs of an alien war, unless Captain Marvel can access here extreme powers, to save her friends, and the rest of us too…

I give CAPTAIN MARVEL a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS MARVEL FILM ON DVD.  Now regardless of what I am about to share, if you are a Marvel fanatic, and wait with bated breath for the next film to arrive each and every time, then who am I to tell you not to run to your nearest theater to catch this next installment.  But, with that said, I was saddened by the fact that even though I enjoyed Larson as the most powerful superhero, male or female, like EVER…I was not as enamored by the mediocrity I felt about of this film as a whole.  It’s sad really, that Marvel films have taken us to such incredible heights with their storylines, and intense, well casted characters, that keeping up the momentum, and increased greatness that we are anticipating with each new release, literally cannot be achieved indefinitely.  So even though this film isn’t bad, and Larson’s attempt at given a realness to this female superhero should be mentioned, CAPTAIN MARVEL not only didn’t WOW me, it just felt like it was a means to an end, giving us the forum to get Captain Marvel into the AVENGERS: End Game Saga, which will be bittersweet at best come April. I also must convey, that CAPTAIN MARVEL doesn’t come close to the excitement, thrills and kick-ass badness of Gal Gadot’s portrayal in 2017’s WONDER WOMAN either, which actually saddened me a little bit too.  I must also share that Jackson, Gregg and Mendelsohn’s performances were okay too along the way, and Law’s portrayal of “is he good or not” Yon Rogg Character played out well too, but I just didn’t love this installment, no matter how hard I tried.  So, with that conveyed, like I stated earlier, if MARVEL’s your deal then please, you aren’t going to be happy until you go see CAPTAIN MARVEL on the big screen, so better get a move on…but if you aren’t that enamored with Marvel’s super hero reign, and you aren’t in any hurry to drop your cold hard cash to catch Brie Larson in action, I suggest you wait and catch CAPTAIN MARVEL on DVD when its released; just make a point to definitely see it before you venture to out to see AVENGERS: End Game when it hits on April 26, 2019.

***And lest me not forget to share that in typical MARVEL FASHION, there are two post credit scenes with this film, so get ready to sit tight and settle in for a while once this film comes to an end, as you don’t want to miss the set-ups for AVENGERS: END GAME, if you leave the theater too soon…

 

This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

CAPTAIN MARVEL  – Rated PG-13  – 2 hr. 4 mins

Director by:  Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden

Cast:  Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

NO SPOILERS BELOW – STAN LEE WOULD NOT APPROVE

Right off the bat, I’m going to tell you to see this movie in theaters because I am a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in my humble opinion the only way to truly appreciate them is to go to the theater and see each & every one on the big screen.  Now…that being said, CAPTAIN MARVEL is not the MCU’s strongest film, but it’s not their weakest either. It certainly is a great introduction to a character that most of us are not as familiar with as let’s say Spiderman or The Incredible Hulk. Captain Marvel is definitely deserving of her own movie and I am so happy in the direction Marvel is now taking its audience.  Their stories are becoming more adventurous and sci-fi, but at the same time each one is being recognized as a serious film and not some sort of goofy piece of movie fluff. If you need proof of this all you need to do is take a look at the cast of each of these films. Amazing actors are bending over backwards to be in these tremendous stories and that makes comic book movies more than just a “fad”.  A certain famous director (which shall remain nameless – but I can tell you he is NOT a fan of Netflix movies winning Oscars) has been quoted as saying comic book movies are going to fade off into the sunset just like the Western genre has and my response to that is…”umm, no they’re not!” Comic book movies are here to stay and the MCU will continue making more because these stories are not only relevant, but they also can be so much more than just a person in a cape.  Look at what BLACK PANTHER accomplished! A comic book movie with a story that is entirely personal to the director, but also connected to a larger film universe. What Marvel has done is unprecedented and cannot be copied. CAPTAIN MARVEL is a perfect example of how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue to make terrific films, to take chances on characters they believe to be special and to show all the “naysayers” out there that comic book movies are here to stay.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There are 2 post credit scenes.  Make sure you wait until after all the credits have rolled before you leave the theater.  You’re welcome! Oh and this movie has the best cameo I have seen in all of the MCU films to date.  Movies buffs like me will understand why I love it so much. LMAO. Keep a very sharp eye.