[MOVIE REVIEW] Captain Marvel soars

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“What happens when I’m finally set free?”

A defining quote from the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers refuses to be held back and told to reign in her emotions— she becomes individualistic, independent, and flat-out unstoppable. By realizing the true power she holds, Captain Marvel encourages other women to do the same.

[Captain Marvel’s] promising response speaks volumes for future female representation in the superhero genre.”

Alongside its powerful message, the film is an entertaining watch. Captain Marvel embraces some of the characteristic grunge of the 90s; layered flannels, Blockbuster, and pagers give the movie a fun, nostalgic vibe. Fans of the MCU will be happily reunited with young Nick Fury (with both eyes intact) and Phil Coulson, who have a major presence in later Marvel films. Goose, a cat who Fury takes a liking to, is an adorable addition to the MCU. But hands down the best part of the film is watching Captain Marvel effortlessly obliterate the enemy— it’s cathartic after all the Marvel beat-downs following Avengers: Infinity War.

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Captain Marvel doesn’t have the most creative plot-line; it’s pretty standard superhero flick fare. Think alien invasion collides with S.H.I.E.L.D. —the basic plot is reminiscent of any of the Avengers movies. The cliche, unoriginal plot detracts from Captain Marvel’s origin story, but the film is nevertheless entertaining and worth the watch.

Captain Marvel may be a half human, half alien, ex-Air Force pilot, who can shoot pure energy from her fists, but what makes her truly impactful is the much needed female representation she brings to the superhero genre. Too often, superhero movies reduce women to stereotypical, hyper-sexualized, and one-sided characters. Captain Marvel does just the opposite. Carol Danvers does what she believes is right, not what she’s told to do. She’s independent and confident. She has a sense of humor. She forms strong female friendships founded upon mutual struggle and genuine connection. Not to mention she’s accredited as the most powerful superhero in the MCU. There’s no question that Captain Marvel passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors.

Too often, superhero movies reduce women to stereotypical, hyper-sexualized, and one-sided characters. Captain Marvel does just the opposite.”

This kind of representation in the media has a massive impact and must be encouraged. Amidst sexist commentary and a recent Rotten Tomatoes scandal, Captain Marvel still soared with a $455 million global launch on International Women’s Day. This promising response speaks volumes for future female representation in the superhero genre.

Although the film’s plotline isn’t particularly original, it’s Brie Larson’s character and the message of the movie that matters— Captain Marvel will serve as a role model for generations to come.

 

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