As I have mentioned in several previous columns, I started watching superhero movies nearly 6 years ago when I met my husband Scott. He’s always been a huge Marvel Comics fan — and will grudgingly watch DC movies, too — so I started sharing in his interest.
Every time a Marvel movie comes out, we flock to the theater just like everyone else. Last weekend, we ventured out to see “Captain Marvel,” supposedly the most-powerful superhero in the Marvel universe. I was particularly looking forward to it because the character of Carol Danvers was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Both my mom and my aunt served in the military in the 80’s, so I was really excited to see a woman depicted in this role.
I had to practically drag Scott out of the house — the NCAA conference tournaments were on — but we finally made it.
Now I will try not to spoil too much of anything here, but if you don’t want to know anything about the movie before you go see it, here’s where to stop reading.
“Captain Marvel” starts out innocently enough, although I had a hard time understanding what was going on at the beginning. Once I finally figured out what was happening, the plot threw me for a loop.
Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson are magical. I was worried about how they were going to make Jackson look like Nick Fury look 30 years younger, but honestly it wasn’t even noticeable. And Larson hit the nail on the head as the rebellious and all-around badass of Captain Marvel/Vers/Carol Danvers.
Jude Law was a weird casting choice in my opinion. When I think of “evil alien dude,” Jude Law is the last actor that would pop into my mind. Same with “Wonder Woman” casting David Thewlis as Sir Patrick/Ares. Those two just don’t come across as bad guys.
The breakout star of the whole movie was an orange cat named Goose, which left the crowded theater roaring with laughter. The housecat is actually something called a “Flerken,” with tentacles that can grab people and throw them into another dimension. It made for some pretty hilarious scenes.
Apart from that, I noticed that Marvel really made an effort to pander to women with all of these little scenes. For example, a guy on a motorcycle was asking Captain Marvel “Why don’t you smile more?” And her commander, that weird Jude Law character, was always telling her to “control her emotions.”
But instead of feeling like a genuine reflection of the female experience, it felt very forced in places to make you feel like this was a feminist movie.
There was only one scene that I felt encapsulated what they were trying so very hard to get across. Near the end, there was a montage of Captain Marvel failing and falling many times, but still finding the strength and courage to stand back up again. And if anything, there’s power in telling women and young girls that it’s OK to fail.
Overall, “Captain Marvel” was a fun and easy movie to watch although it was too pushy with the whole “girl power” agenda. I can honestly see why it’s quickly approaching $1 billion at the box office.