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.
Atharva’s Boomerang directed by Kannan, deals with the lives of two different people, who come together because of a fatal incident and one person’s identity gets altered. The life ahead, and solving the mystery behind the death of the other person is what Boomerang is all about. This unique premise deserves praise.
The director has managed a proper take off but fails to maintain the pace in the first half. In spite of Sathish’s effort to engage us with his one-liners, the short-lived first half is less interesting and seems flat. The second half is where the plot actually takes proper shape. The flashback of the character Sakthi (also played by Atharvaa) is well told with neat definitions and good pace. RJ Balaji and Atharvaa take turns in making these parts interesting and strong.
Although there are good things to appreciate, we feel like there is a lack of reality at some plot points. Villain’s reveal seems like it is finely handled, but fails to give impact us mainly because of the very short screen time of the character. The scenes where the friends discuss about becoming farmers as soon as they get sacked from an IT company, seemed artificial and unjustified.
The cinematographer has done a pleasant job not only in dreamy song sequences but in most frames like the short film and the village sequences. The VFX during a pivotal landslide portion could have been way better. The music director has done a decent job in shifting the mood of the plot wherever needed and provided good support to the plot.
R.Kannan provokes some really good thoughts, almost creates nice impact but most of it falls short due to improper packaging. The movie explains the problems, fairly inspires you, says what can be done but fails in giving a practical solution. Overall Boomerang gives a good message, is novel, but there is a sense of incompleteness that makes us feel like the movie hasn’t achieved what it sets out to do.