Captain Marvel is finally here, the much anticipated film directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck is the MCU’s first female led entry, but how does it stack up? Well thanks to Disney Australia I got the chance to see an early screening of this fun filled ride.
Right off the bat it is apparent that we don’t have a “standard” MCU origin story here by any means, the way it is structured feels familiar but a breath of fresh air. Brie Larson as the titular hero is the type of casting that just works instantly, her great, playful sense of humor a specific highlight for me. This is the type of character that I’d be proud for my daughter to be looking up to and that is incredibly important.
The supporting cast is a great bunch of familiar and new faces, including Jackson’s Fury who has a fantastic buddy cop style relationship with Larson and is along for the ride for almost the entire film. The two main newcomers are Jude Law and Ben Mendelsohn who both give decent performances, with Mendelsohn having some great moments in this role.
Being set in the 90’s, Captain Marvel employs a great female led nostalgic soundtrack which really sets the mood and the time, while bursting with absolute energy and fun.
One of my favorite things about this film is it’s playful sense of humor weaved throughout, including some amazingly great 90’s technology gags and yes the cat, Goose is utterly fantastic and I do so want more of Goose please!
One of the major gambles for Captain Marvel was the decision to use Coulson & Fury in a 90’s setting with the MCU’s use of ever improving de-aging Visual Effects. Up until now this technology has been used for limited specific flashback scenes, which is understandable when you think of the work that goes into this type of effect. Here we have this expanded to almost the entirety of a film and boy does it (mostly) deliver! Apart from some initial scenes the de-aging looks believable and after a while throughout the bulk of the film you kind of forget about it, stellar work by the VFX team here!
Captain Marvel combines some of the best parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a strong grounded female superhero, a great sense of humor and 90’s music, I mean what more could you want? Here we have a film that is a guaranteed fun time, with something for everyone, I urge you all to go see Captain Marvel when it releases tomorrow, I’ll be going again for sure!
Thanks to Disney Australia for the invite!