CAPTAIN MARVEL Review: A Fun, Worthwhile Must-See For MCU Fans

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The actress previously said she worked out four hours a day, seven days a week in the gym with trainer Jason Walsh for the role.

So, how can a run-of-the-mill pager contact someone who's supposedly still living her life, punching old aliens on trains back in 1995?

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the directing duo's capability for establishing fundamentally real relationships between characters who have just met (think Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn in Mississippi Grind) truly shines with Captain Marvel's ensemble.

An elaborate set of circumstances has her winding up on Earth and chasing invading Skrulls, while at first pursued, and then assisted, by a pre-S.H.I.E.L.D.

"Women are being represented in their best form, in their best light in this", actress Lashana Lynch told Variety's Marc Malkin at the movie's premiere.

The two studios are catering to female audience, especially in the superhero genre, where women characters were subjected to "fridging", a term used to describe the female characters of superhero films where they are generally relegated in parts of supporting lover.

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Yet Empire's Helen O'Hara - one of the few female critics to review the film - still regards it as an "essential. feminist fable" that "delivers in a more satisfying way than nearly any other superhero film of recent years". There's a nuance between these women that is different than from how men communicate in new partnerships.

Ms. Danvers has no such luck, and Larson - an Oscar-winner whose natural protectiveness is poorly served by such a self-satisfied character - has little to do beyond mug for the camera and spout third-rate one-liners to any of the men who get in her way. Though there isn't almost enough fighting for my liking, she's plausible too as a high-kicking warrior, and in a brilliant action scene knocks seven bells out of a Skrull soldier who's taken the form of a sweet old lady. Women have felt inspired by stories about men for a long time.

In a key moment, Captain Marvel's shadow will fall across the face of one of her worst enemies as he literally cowers in the sand at her feet. Utterly empowering and inspiring. Danvers' love for Rambeau and her young daughter, and her personal memories give her something even greater to fight for, and keep her constantly inspired and strong. They have fun and there's Goose, the flerken-not-a-cat, in the mix which adds a lot of spontaneity to all the action.

"But wait", you say.

In the film's first big space battle - dark and murky, but there are more and brighter battles ahead - the Kree take on evil shapeshifters called the Skrulls. We meet everyone only briefly. She needs to open herself up to a bold new mode, and the film uses that transition as an analogue of her existence as a female superhero. The moment in which Carol makes this realization is not only the highlight of Captain Marvel, but one of the most empowering and inspirational scenes in the history of the MCU.

They'll be even more unhappy when they actually get to see it, because in a way this sometimes formulaic but intermittently very amusing movie is all about female self-determination. There's just a lot going on at times. "I want to know what that film meant to women of color, to bi-racial women, to teen women of color, to teens that are bi-racial." . "That's like my dream", the actor said last month.

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