Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel premiered with the force of a teseract tonight to screens all across the country. SPOILERS AHEAD.

I was in one of those theaters.

The theater was packed, with a very diverse crowd, both age wise and ethnically.

The movie starts out  with an homage to Stan, which moved everyone and at the end of it, everyone cheered and clapped, which I think he would’ve appreciated and loved.  Then it took off and didn’t stop until the end of the movie.

When we first see Vers, as she’s known on Kree, she’s training with her commander, Yon-Rogg, (Played by Jude Law).  She’s been convinced she has to control her emotions, that they make her vulnerable and can make her her own worst enemy.  This becomes a theme throughout the movie.

She goes to see the beings that are the “higher powers” or their deities, however, they don’t show up in their own forms, they appear to you as the person you admire the most.  When Vers goes, she’s met by a woman she doesn’t recognize, but has seen in her dreams, a Dr. Lawson (played by Annette Benning).

She’s approved to go on  her first mission, and things go sideways fast.  They’re ambushed by the Kree’s sworn enemy, the Skrulls, and Vers is taken prisoner.  They try to extract her memories, but she escapes and finds her way to earth, where she crash lands into a BlockBuster.  Here’s where all the 90s goodness kicked in.   There’s lots of pop culture references, including an internet search that most of us over the age of 25 will remember having to do, and using cd-roms and the like.  It was funny, and engaging, and the several points during this the theater laughed out loud.

This is when we meet “Don’t call me Nick” Fury.  He’s the first to arrive on the scene when she leaves the BlockBuster. He asked what she was doing, and when she told him chasing shape shifting creatures from another planet that had infiltrated Earth, naturally he didn’t believe her.

(This was his pre-gods exist, we’re not alone days.)

After a chase sequence she manages to convince him to take him to Dr. Lawson and the Pegasus Project, which the Skrulls were after.

They found out that not only was Dr. Lawson dead, but she died in a plane crash that Vers, or, as she found out her name really was, Carole Danvers, had flown.  They had been attempting to go to Dr. Lawson’s lab (which was in orbit) and where shot down by Yon-Rogg and his team.

As Fury and Carole investigate this, they found the address of her old flight partner, Maria Rambeau (played by Lashana Lynch) and went to find her and asked what happened.  While at Maria’s house, the Skrull that had followed Carole to Earth caught up with them, but had surprising information about her people.  Talos (played by Ben Mendelsohn) was able to convince her through evidence that what Yon-Regg had been telling her for the past 6 years was a lie.  Not only was she not Krell, she was human, and on top of that, the Kree were committing genocide against the Skrull, punishment for not wanting to fall to their rule.

After this revelation, Carole finds a way to get back to the lab, with Maria’s help, and they find the core, which turns out to be the teseract.  Yes, Thor’s teseract.  Interesting how that’s connected.  They find Talos family had been hiding in the lab for the last six years, as Dr. Lawson had promised to take them somewhere safe using the teseracts power.  With her death, they’d been essentially trapped.

There’s a fierce battle, which I won’t spoil, so you’ll have to go see it.  But  this is where Captain Marvel becomes Captain Marvel.

Then Carole decides her mission will be to get the Skrull people to safety.

So that’s the movie.  Let me address some of the concerns I’ve seen online about the film.

The big one being that Brie Larson isn’t likeable enough to carry the movie.  I can tell you unequivocally this is not true.  She was charismatic, funny, intelligent, fierce, basically everything you’d want in a Marvel Superhero.

There’s tons of laughs throughout the movie, and the movie flows at a great pace.  It’s about 2 hours long, but it doesn’t feel like it.

That this film is just a big military propaganda film.

It’s not.  Yes, she’s in the Air Force and a pilot.  But that’s only a small part of what she is and who she becomes, and the Air Force itself is barely mentioned.  There’s flying sequences, and some training sequences, but they flow with the movie and her character development.

That it’s just one long sjw movie.

I’m not going to lie, there is a lot of not exactly feminist, but “I don’t have to prove myself to you” moments.  They don’t jump out as anti man at all, more anti the system if anything else.  It’s about her overcoming what she’s been taught was a detriment and use it as her core strength.

There were several men in the audience, I think it was probably equally split men to women.  Everyone was laughing and applauding at the end.  I talked to several guys as they left the theater and they said they didn’t feel like it was overly feminist or attacking men at all.  So take from that what you will.

All said, this is a very good, well done film.  The special effects are great, the costumes superb, and the actors likeable.  Tell me after you see it who you’re favorite character was.

So let me know what you think of Captain Marvel after you see the film.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

 

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