FILM REVIEW – Captain Marvel

In a time when the superhero film industry has become rather saturated – Shazam, Avengers: End Game and a new X-Men film all coming out this year – you could be forgiven for having comic book fatigue.

However, one thing is a guarantee when the film is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), they ride will be somewhat enjoyable.

In its latest offering Brie Larson portrays the kick-ass Captain Marvel in what is the MCU’s first female led origin story.

Kicking off on an alien planet with an entirely unfamiliar cast of characters is a bold way to start the next origin story, but in the case of Captain Marvel, it works and is also necessary, as this feels very different to everything that has come before it.

As a viewer you are thrown in at the deep end seeing Vers (Larson), training to join “noble warrior heroes” the Kree with Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), but there isn’t much else explained.

The whole film is a journey of realisation for both Vers and the spectator.

Similar to the recent Alita: Battle Angel film the blend of flash back to present day spoon feeds elements of the story, which sees Vers end up on earth flacked by a young Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and pursued by a Deep Space Nine looking Ben Mendelsohn as Skrull leader Talos.

But where Captain Marvel differs hugely from its anime counterpart is Vers does not need a love interest, and Larson delivers a great performance scoffs at authority, drives herself to extremes and sometimes loses her temper.

There is a lot going on throughout the film – from the moment Vers lands on earth it is very much foot on the accelerator – but it does provide some context to where things are going in the overall MCU.

But one thing is for sure, in a time when strong women and a new wave of feminism is being portrayed in the media, this film gets the message across in the right way, rather than forcing it down your throat, it outlines that women aren’t too emotional or too weak, but instead can be godlike.