“Captain Marvel,” the next Marvel blockbuster, smashed the box office last week when it hit theatres.
The movie — which at the time of writing this review has currently grossed an estimated $153 million in the United States and an additional $455 million worldwide, according to the Hollywood Reporter — has received glowing reviews, boasting a Rotten Tomatoes score of 80 percent. That makes this release the second-highest opening for a Marvel film, right behind “Black Panther.”
In a single word, “Captain Marvel” is inspiring. I personally have never walked out of a theater feeling more inspired than I did after the final credits of “Captain Marvel.” The movie displays the vital importance of getting back up and never backing down through this rising superhero.
“Captain Marvel” is an origin story, not only for the titular main character, but for many key elements throughout the various films dominating the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The movie focuses on Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) who, at the start of the movie, we find already living on Hala, the homeworld of the Kree — an important intergalactic species in the Marvel universe.
There we find the Kree population embroiled in a war with the Skrull — a shapeshifting species who use their morphing abilities to infiltrate worlds.
However, despite its intense origin, the movie takes some time to truly pick up. The defining moment for its plot pick-me-up is when the focus inevitably shifts to Earth.
This is where the theme of self-discovery, or rather self-rediscovery, comes into play. Carol — or Ver (pronounced veer) as she is called on Hala — has no memories of her past. As you might have guessed, Carol is originally from Earth. Though the audience doesn’t find this out until later, it creates an interesting story of the prodigal daughter returning home, but not knowing it as such.
The movie features returning characters such as S.H.E.I.L.D. agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Greg), along with Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou), both of whom appeared in the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.
A young Monica Rambeau, who is also known as the superhero Spectrum, was also featured in this movie. Though, she initially went by Captain Marvel in the original comics written by the acclaimed Stan Lee.
The movie also marks Marvel’s first film with a major female lead and it had the fifth-biggest opening weekend of any female-led film of all time.
“Captain Marvel,” presumably due to its female lead, became the target for many trolls on the internet. They flooded the pre-release review on Rotten Tomatoes with negative reviews, leading the company to remove the function altogether according to Cracked.
They also flooded the audience score on the movie’s opening day, but nevertheless, the screenings persevered, making one of the biggest impacts of any Marvel movie.
Carol Danvers is also now arguably the most powerful female superhero in the MCU and definitely one of the strongest heroes period. No disrespect to Black Widow and Scarlet Witch, but there’s just something about that classic superhero flying through the sky that gives the aura of being generally unstoppable.
Marvel’s golden casting decisions continued with their choice of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Larson was the perfect choice to play the role of Carol Danvers. The film showcased the character well, especially her defining stubbornness and how she isn’t one to back down.
A softer side of Nick Fury was also shown through the portrayal of the path that set him and S.H.I.E.L.D. up to become the defining protectors of Earth.
Ultimately “Captain Marvel” is an exhilarating film that is more than worth the watch. “Captain Marvel” is available to watch in Conway at the Cinemark Towne Centre. It is rated PG-13.