edennr01’s review published on Letterboxd:
When I was little, I thought superhero movies were just for boys. I didn’t start watching them until I was about ten with Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man trilogy and Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man movies. When I was about twelve or thirteen, I watched my very first Marvel film: The Avengers. Over the past few years, I’ve learned to love superheroes slowly but surely. It’s been awhile since I’ve last felt that spark of adoration for a superhero film (Spider-Man Homecoming was the last one that did). While Infinity War was a recipe for major depression, Ant-Man and The Wasp a comedy skit with background stunts, Thor Ragnorak a disgrace to the Thor trilogy, and Black Panther an outstanding tribute to the African/African American culture, none of them really sparked the “superhero” flame I love to feel when watching these types of movies. Then I saw Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel is unlike any other film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With well-acted performances from major characters, wickedly cool special effects, extreme 90’s nostalgia, and incredible cinematography (those scenes in Louisiana are some of my favorite shots from Marvel), this film creates an entirely new yet somewhat familiar atmosphere for viewers. Brie Larson’s portrayal of Carol Danvers is phenomenal, and Samuel L. Jackson is sensational as always. Combined together, these two actors form a delightful duo that shines on screen with their sarcastic comments and dry humor. No doubt, this is definitely one of Marvel’s best casts. The twists and turns throughout the plot are nicely accomplished, and the writing is excellent. Plus Goose the cat is honestly the sweetest, purest creature to ever exist in a Marvel movie.
Being a hero is much more than just fighting bad guys and saving people from collapsing skyscrapers. It’s also learning how to stand up for yourself as well as others. The lies we are told either by others or ourselves can destroy us. In order to become who you truly are, you have to accept who you really are. When people try to drag you down and tell you that you aren’t enough, that you have to be someone else, that you have to “prove” yourself, rise up and keep your head held high. Don’t let anyone look down on you because of your age, race, gender, etcetera. Remember that you are here for a purpose: to do good, to fight for the vulnerable, and to stand against evil. It takes more than just yourself. It takes a team. Carol had friends who cared for her and fought with her. Now she will have a new team, and we will see them come together in only a few short weeks.
*Sorry this review is almost a month late. Junior year is getting really insane right now. Please forgive me for this inconvenience.