Brie Larson brings out Captain Marvel's humanity

Posted March 08, 2019

Larson said she trained with Jason Walsh, who is known for getting A-List actors in shape for high-profile movies. There's a glimpse of Annette Bening holding a gun. If that wasn't enough, star Brie Larson has been attacked on multiple fronts - be it over her performance (seen in full, or not); her outspoken progressive views about the industry; or the eye-rolling stereotype that she doesn't smile enough. She actually has an inner glow, bright light shining out from her hands.

In two hours the film weaves its story of personal intrigue with some bruising if sometimes confusing action sequences, and the odd cathartic fist pump of righteous triumph. Though conceived years before the release of 2017's immensely successful Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel was left scrambling to create a female superhero capable of holding her own with the meticulously crafted MCU boys club. It is an action movie shaped by the Marvel cookie cutter, with perfectly adequate but unsurprising special effects.

Captain Marvel packages this dilemma in a stylish, thoughtful and amusing superhero movie that's a twist on the usual origin story formula.

The supporting cast offers some of the film's most enjoyable surprises.

She told Yahoo (via Indy100): "No, that's just a depiction of the female experience". She fly. Photon blasts? She takes an Earth name, because Vers sounds silly.

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Vers' struggles to assert herself are equated with gender inequality: she will eventually get to grips with Jude Law's condescending, mansplaining mentor, and on Earth she contemptuously dismisses demeaning men. Who wouldn't want this badass as the repository of all intelligence? This isn't the first time Kree entered the MCU.

In a noisy prologue we are introduced to the extraterrestrial Kree Empire, a noble warrior caste locked in combat with their fearsome, shapeshifting foe, the Skrull.

Before the release, critics have offered their reviews - and unsurprisingly, given Marvel Studios' excellent film track record (Marvel TV is another story), they're good.

Here, Danvers meets a young (ish) Agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who is laboring away for the clandestine government agency SHIELD. Fans will also see a younger version of S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Phil Coulson, who is played by Clark Gregg. Jackson's scenes as the sceptical Fury are highlights of the film, adding a touch of playfulness.

Are you sad to hear that there might not be a Nick Fury series? She leaps onto the top of a train.

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For all the noise and alien cultures and dogfights in space, "Captain Marvel" is an origin tale - a re-origin tale - of how Vers becomes Carol Danvers again on her way to becoming Captain Marvel. It's nice to get pulled into a debate about something you're passionate about.

It also helps the film isn't paced at a hyper-pitch.

"Honestly, since they won't tell us anything about "Avengers". The sum total of what the film asks her to do can be summed up by a dependable but tiring pattern of squinting, quipping, and then smiling before launching into battle. In addition to allowing the filmmaking team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (2006's Half Nelson) to wax nostalgic about the age of Blockbuster Video, Rock the Vote and the Altavista search engine, this means the film takes place some 15 years before Tony Stark first took flight as Iron Man. Like Larson's, their voices are overwhelmed by Marvel's homogeneous style.

"Captain Marvel isn't exactly marvellous", concludes Brian Viner in the Daily Mail. Carol rediscovers her best friend, Maria (Lashana Lynch), a single mother who is also a first-rate pilot.

That's not to say that a movie about a woman can't be inspirational to boys and men.

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