mariadees’s review published on Letterboxd:
Fury: Space invasion, big car chase... truth be told, I was ready to hang it up. 'Till I met you today.
um, i loved it.
as someone who loves Captain America: The First Avenger + thinks it is veryy underrated, I gotta add Captain Marvel to being in a similar vein. I really enjoyed this movie.. laughed out loud a lot, teared up at moments, and was genuinely surprised at others.
We meet Brie Larson as "Vers" as we first get to know her (we all know her real name is Carol Danvers), she has some amnesia + is trying to figure out throughout the whole movie these memory flashes that she keeps receiving. She lands on Earth meets Nick Fury and the rest is historyyy...
I love the way Larson plays her, instead of having a bubbly or very hardened personality, she gives an inner strength and determination. Through the situations she ends up in, she can effortlessly transition from a dramatic moment to comedy and all of it feels fluid and exactly what Danvers would be doing. I was a little nervous about her casting before, but that has completely dissipated.
I loved that Samuel L. Jackson + Clark Gregg are back in the MCU, and the de-aging technology they used looks incredible. Where in previous films you could tell that something was off about the characters faces, but you could barely tell in this one. Shoutout to the whole cast: Annette Bening as Mar-Vell, Lashana Lynch as Danvers' childhood friend Maria, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and especially Ben Mendelsohn as Talos.. they were all fantastic.
This is simply an origin story. If you were looking for a massive interlaced story that ties heavily into Avengers: Endgame, then you came to the wrong movie. There is some on the nose plot points that leads to things we have seen in the MCU over the years, but this is Captain Marvel's origins, and i didn't expect anything more, which is probably why I loved it so much. This movie is beautiful to look at (saw it in IMAX), has some 90's vibes, great story development, and the most bad-ass MCU character yet! With such a powerful Superhero as our main girl, I don't know how anyone can beat her. i'm still nervous for how Endgame will end... but I am now excited at what the next phases will become.
Thank you to Marvel + Disney for FINALLY giving us a female solo film.
sidenote: as much as i was gushing about Larson + the rest of the cast, the real star is the cutest most awesomest cat in a film ever.
really, just see it for the cat.