Captain Marvel Review (Spoiler Free)

After more than a decade of MCU movies, finally, we have one that’s female-led and that inspires and empowers women. Captain Marvel has finally landed and as of today (International Woman’s Day) it’s being exhibited in cinemas all around the world.

A basic spoiler-free summary: the story follows Carol Danvers, who’s lost her memories years ago and finds herself in the middle of a war between Krees and Skrulls, slowly learning more about who she is.

From a storytelling point of view, Captain Marvel is in a way unique. It isn’t straightforward and as it had been described before its release, it’s not a typical superhero-origin story. Personally, my knowledge on who Carol Danvers is as a character has been pretty limited, I hadn’t read any of her comic runs but was familiar with her thanks to appearances made on other properties, namely Alias (Jessica Jones). That being said, as viewer one feels as if they also are part of her journey to self-discovery and learn more about her at the same time as she starts understanding who she is. Not every viewer may enjoy this, as for some it may be frustrating to not understand the basics from the get-go. I for one found the storytelling to be truly compelling, enjoyable and in way a breath of fresh air.

Every Marvel fan can enjoy this film. It’s a fun action movie and facts that we’ve ignored previously are revealed in this story and the universe we have grown to know and love makes a little more sense.

The visuals are pretty good. Some shots (and even sound samples) give Star Wars-vibes. At times the effects used for Carol’s power weren’t top-notch, but given the nature of her powers it’s probably extremely difficult to make them look real or natural.

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The soundtrack is fantastic, the 90’s rock and grunge are part of what establishes the setting in that decade. As someone who grew up listening to the bands used in the soundtrack, hearing the first notes of Garbage’s “Only Happy When It Rains” in the first half of the movie pretty much won me over completely.

On a more serious note, the movie is truly inspiring. Moments where Carol is being dismissed, called weak and emotional, all for being a woman hit right home. These are struggles that women all around the world face every day. Something that truly touched me was Carol expressing she doesn’t need to prove anything to someone else. Her perseverance and strength inspire us to look in ourselves for this strength and free ourselves from similar burdens.

Overall, the movie is fun, inspiring and very much a Marvel movie. If you’ve enjoyed the MCU movies so far, there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy Captain Marvel.

Welcome, Captain Marvel, we’ve been waiting for you.

Rating: 8 /10

Written by: Cecilia López Closs

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