Captain Marvel Movie Review 2019: The Universe Gets More Inclusive

Captain Marvel Movie Review 2019: The Universe Gets More Inclusive

Movie Name
Captain Marvel
Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
02 hours 04 minutes

Captain Marvel Review

The word ‘hero' is not gender-specific and that's stamped all over Marvel Cinematic Universe's latest sci-fi adventure. It opens with Carol Danversalias Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) wanting to fight and being beaten by trainer Yong Rogg (Jude Law) whosort of patronisingly reminds her to keep her emotions in check. Emotions, he says, get the better of a warrior. Anger brings out her special power and she's got to learn to fight without using that super force.

After Carollands in the 90s on Planet Earth, fights memory gaps and two sets of aliens, she meets Rogg again. She hits him unexpectedly with her super power just to say, "I don't need to prove anything to you."

Point taken. She has discovered herself and is comfortable being the unapologetic, kickass warrior who doesn't whimper like a kitten or go weak in the knees at the sight of a hunk. This is MCU, Marvel Cinematic Universe's 2019, and itsbriefis that the galaxies are no longer a white male preserve.

Last year, MCU took care to counter the ‘white' part by welcoming The Black Panther and his African country Wakanda into its fold. Compared to that majestically creative burst of inclusivity, Brie Larson's Captain Marvel is a bit underwhelming, heaving under its gender-agenda.

Apart from the main pilot and warrior, Carol Danvers from the Kree species, there's an additional surge of female energy when she connects with her earth-friend Maria and her perky little daughter. Then there's Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence from Kree; the writer-director team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, has a female on its roster and there's a third writer called Geneva Robertson-Dwore on board.

On earth, Carol however teams up with SHIELD agent Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and a cop-super power combo hits the streets, sometimes the skies too, with CGI propelling the flights of fantasy.

Later, Nick Fury labours the gender point again when he says, we found a hero in her, we need more heroes.

There are fights with two sets of aliens, shape-changing ones too called Skrulls, and plenty of self-discovery by Carol. But most endearing of all is a cat, no, not on two feet, but one with four paws who purrs. A cat called Goose and if you stick around long enough, like all Marvel movies, there are two fab scenes with the end credits where Goose promises to become an important part of the MCU in future.

Special effects-wise, it's standard Marvel fare. In comparison, The Black Panther was far superior in writing heft and visual extraordinariness. But Captain Marvel makes a welcome addition to the MCU and we're assured that we're going to see more of her in Avengers: Endgame.

Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.

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The Verdict

For a film tailored for MCU fans and feminists who’ll applaud anything female, Captain Marvel gets a 3* rating.


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