Captain Marvel IMAX Review


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Good Afternoon Lovelies, 

Since our first teaser of her appearance, through a pager left in the dust of Infinity War and after years of waiting, Marvel has finally delivered a female-led superhero film. And it is safe to say that Captain Marvel, in all its IMAX glory, sets a light a trailblazing start to a very marvellous year.

Taking audiences back to the ‘90s, Brie Larson suits up as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel/Vers to capture how the Avengers even came to be. Starting the fight, as a Kree soldier in training, Vers introduces us to the world she lives in under the guidance of her mentor Kree leader Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). Hunting out the Skrull’s who have been classified as terrorists to the Kree nation, the pair, along with a Kree fighting team, seek to take them all out.

However, when she is captured and interrogated by the enemy Skrull Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), she discovers a past life on Earth, where she was known as test pilot Carol Danvers. After discovering the truth, Carol must work alongside Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), to help save the people she loves and the planet.

From the moment the film begins there is a lot to take in. With only Fury and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), being the only two regular faces to appear, the film introduces us to a whole host of new characters in just under two hours. Getting to grips with their wants and needs means that the first opening section of the film tends to drag a small amount, as you gather the information you need to lead you into the second half of the film. However, the film's creators are also making sure that you know Captain Marvel expects you to already know your Marvel history.

Directors, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are giving us the original Avenger and they are making sure people know she will not be tied down by history or the future. Fire, fights and far off galaxies are what they are serving and whilst it doesn’t match up to Infinity War, it doesn’t need to. Expecting to see a story you think you know is not what this is. This is Larson leading Captain Marvel into the Avengers she built and inspired. That is what makes this film exciting. Well, and a cat called Goose, who steals the show.

Captain Marvel has heart, seen in small glimpses of her past before she was Vers and in childhood flashbacks, but ultimately it is a kickass feature. Captain Marvel isn’t here to play, she is here to save the planet with a Gwen Stefani song playing alongside her. This is where you see the charms of Larson the most. Known for being an actress with lots of depth, she gives us the sweet-natured and the feisty features of the character without even blinking. Without Larson in fact, I don’t think the films leading lady would have been as strong or as appealing to watch as she is.

Her amazing partnership with Jackson, as Fury and Captain Marvel, is also a stand out feature in superb acting. Together the pair strive in a way that old 80s cop shows do. They are the new Starsky and Hutch. Miami Vice elite if you will (due to the cool suits). It is the strongest the script ever gets when these two are on-screen together. Without it, the feature would be dull and boring. Plus, it is fun to watch Jackson turn into such a cat lover.

There are several flaws with the film and it doesn’t give as much depth to the character as some may like, but it brings her into Endgame well. We now know what she is like, who she is and what powers she can bring to the table. Don’t get me wrong, the film strives, especially in its last few scenes, but it isn’t the story that will stay with you.

It is the message within it. That if you stop worrying about what people say about you, or how weak they make you seem, you can rise up and be the ultimate version of yourself. Something every audience member must believe and why I am giving it…

4 Stars

Joey X 

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