Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first film helmed by a female superhero and the first co-directed by a woman, Captain Marvel has a lot to live up to. The stakes are high.
It’s two hours of pure female empowerment packaged with all the visual power you’d expect from a Marvel blockbuster. Brie Larson is fierce and effortlessly cool as a fighter-pilot-turned-space-warrior trying to discover who she really is. And it doesn’t hurt that Hole, Elastica and Nirvana set the beat with some of the biggest hits of the ‘90s.
Larson is Carol Danvers, a member of the alien Kree race’s elite military unit Starforce. Her mentor Yon-Rogg, played by a yellow-eyed Jude Law, tries to teach her that the most dangerous things a warrior can encounter are emotions. Danvers doesn’t always listen. She’s struggling to control her powers, but also trying to figure out why she can’t remember her past.
After a mission gone wrong, Danvers finds herself on Earth in 1995 — a planet the Kree refer to as C-53 and a “shithole.”
Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck keep the action moving fast and do not linger over any episodes. The film scores several points towards getting women a toehold in this world.