Oscar winner Brie Larson urges men to skip her new film, “Captain Marvel,” which she says is about intersectional feminism.
I saw it anyhow. I wanted to see if Captain Marvel would say “Shazam” like the comic book hero did.
The new episode from the Marvel movie factory has all we could want in a huge $152 million film.
The fanciful story needs no attention beyond the set up than contending alien forces endanger our lovely blue planet. Only the super hero Captain Marvel can save our bacon.
Larson has appeared in or starred in movies like “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Trainwreck” and “Kong: Skull Island” as well as nabbing an Oscar for “Room.” This role will bring her to the widest possible movie audience.
She has a deep bench of famous actors to help her along. The inevitable Samuel L. Jackson once again appears in his Marvel Comics role as Nick Fury. Ben Mendelsohn and Jude Law pitch in as aliens on different sides. Annette Bening, a great actress, has a prominent role. Djimon Hounsou has a smaller role but one that establishes a separate mysterious storyline. Gemma Chan adds to the growing luster of her career here as a hench woman for the bad guys.
The writer/director team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have a short but stout history in Hollywood.
“Captain Marvel” makes the first time that they have been entrusted with a $150 million. They have been worthy of that trust.
“Captain Marvel” is fun to watch and will make a ton of money.
Harvard graduate Geneva Robertson-Dwore helped with the script. She also scripted the recent “Tomb Raider.”
The producers wanted a script that told the story of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel with a character strong enough to not be overwhelmed by the special effects. That takes good writing. Larson makes the most of several subtle humorous asides.
The best part of the film for me was the gradual reveal of just who this Carol Danvers person was and how did she end up with super powers. It takes a good while to learn all we need to learn.
We also get some tie ups of things in the Marvel universe. What happened to Nick Fury’s eye, for example.
For Marvel fans that alone will reward the price of admission.
This PG-13 blockbuster runs for two hours and 4 minutes. The constant mayhem will not frighten anyone, only non-realistic comic book violence comes on screen. We know it is all in fun.
This three and a half saw blade movie will entertain us in the grand tradition of Marvel Comic films.
No “Shazam,” but stick around in the theater until after the credits for extra goodies.