Captain Marvel ★★★½

As the first female-fronted superhero film from Marvel Studios, it’s no coincidence that Captain Marvel arrived just in time for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Being the first of its kind, Captain Marvel has faced unfair high pressure to perform better than other origin stories within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Since the release of its first poster, many men have been calling for Oscar-winning-actress Brie Larson to smile more (which she responded to perfectly). The worst backlash, however, came from a misinterpreted interview with Marie Claire. Larson noticed her press days were filled with white men and she wanted to diversify them in order to provide fresh perspectives from LGBT people and people of colour. Many men took this as a personal attack which resulted in them review bombing the film on Rotten Tomatoes before it had even been released. Larson had to clarify that she didn’t want to remove white men from the table, but add more people to it.

In Captain Marvel, there’s a very fitting scene where a man tells her to smile. As this was already in the film, an interviewer asked Larson if art was predicting life, but she said: “No, that’s just depiction of the female experience.” Despite the rising Girl Power attached to the film’s marketing, the film itself keeps this very subtle. It’s a subtlety that speaks to women on a personal level, one that some men might not even notice. But if they do, it really is telling of what the female experience is like and shouldn’t be hidden just because Captain Marvel is a powerful superhero.

Read the full review at Reel Steel Cinema.

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