Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown by leaps and bounds and a host of movies are being made regularly, with almost each and every Marvel character getting one feature-length film for themselves. After MCU dropped a bomb in the form of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer, fans couldn’t wait any longer. But then there were a few loose ends that were kept open after the purple-faced Thanos fatally snapped half the population of the world in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. MCU’s recent flick ‘Captain Marvel’ ties up all of them, apart from doing a lot of other unbelievable things and makes for an engaging watch.
The film opens with Vers (Brie Larson), a member of the Kree Starforce, getting all worked up every now and then by recurring dreams of an unknown woman. Her inner turmoil and boiling rage are channeled in the right direction by her mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), who helps her keep all her emotions in check. When an intergalactic war breaks out between the Krees and the Skrulls, Vers manages to escape to Earth, where she meets Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who is not we have always known him to be (in other Marvel films). With Nick’s timely help, Vers finds out her true identity and her real name – Carol Danvers. While Vers, now Carol, is on her way to learn more about her past as an air force pilot, Skrull boss Talos intercepts her and puts the Earth at a greater risk of an alien invasion. While Carol aka Captain Marvel goes all out to stop what is out of her power, she ends up inadvertently causing a lot of damage. And then it is time for damage control.
MCU’s first standalone superhero movie with a woman in the lead, ‘Captain Marvel’ sets the stage for the events that are to follow in the upcoming ‘Avengers: Endgame’. With cameos by Steve Rogers aka Captain America, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow and Dr. Bruce Banner aka Hulk, the film gets even racier. With Brie Larson as the super heroine, who can single-handedly make the bad guys bite the dust, ‘Captain Marvel’ is a fitting tribute to women power on International Woman’s Day. Brie Larson looks good in her red, blue and yellow iconic superhero costume and does justice to her character, but it will take her a little more than extra time to fit into the MCU as far as expressing herself on the screen goes. Some extra effort on her part would work in her favour.
‘Captain Marvel’ is a simple story told in a simple way. There are no stretched back stories nor are there any long-drawn war sequences that are trademark of a Marvel movie. But that does not deter fans from cheering for the super heroine, who packs quite a punch in her solo role. Jude Law is ageing gracefully and adds weight to his first appearance in a Marvel movie. His character is well etched out and Law makes sure he sinks his teeth deep in his character. An eye-patchless, de-aged Samuel L. Jackson might make you cringe a bit, but that is what was demanded of his character and he surprises you yet again with his witty and winsome one-liners. His rapport with Brie Larson is the icing on the entire ‘Captain Marvel’ cake.
Technically, the film is not one of the strongest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as compared to the previous ones, but then fans aren’t complaining either. With enough visually-spectacular scenes and gravity-defying stunts that call for cheering in the auditorium, along with special effects that add to the movie-watching experience, ‘Captain Marvel’ is a clear winner. The mid-movie sequences keep you on the edge of your seat and the background score gels with the flow of the film. Audiences do revel in their first super heroine’s victory on the big screen.
All in all, ‘Captain Marvel’ wins hearts and proves she is here to stay to save the MC Universe!
Eventznu Rates Captain Marvel : * * *