Back in the day before Little O arrived Mr O and I used to do New Year’s Eve movie marathons since going out on New Year’s Eve was never really our jam. Since we had Little O it has been a bit harder to get into a marathon but this year as New Year’s Eve fell on one of his nursery days and he now sleeps better we decided to close down the Avengers series, starting with Captain Marvel.
Vers (Brie Larson) is a Kree soldier who can’t remember any of her earlier life. She trains with her commander, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) who along with an implant in her neck, helps Vers to control her powers. The Kree are locked in a war with the shape-shifting Skrulls, who have a habit of invading other planets.
When Vers is sent on a mission to rescue an undercover Kree operative from some Skrulls she is captured by Skrull, Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) who probes her memories, uncovering a connection to Earth.
Vers’ attempted escape lands her in the middle of a S.H.I.E.LD. investigation and straight into the path of a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Now the two must work together to unpick who Vers really is and figure out which side of the war she should actually be on.
I really liked Captain Marvel. Vers herself is a really fun character, bad ass yet vulnerable and very much still learning who she is. The connection between Vers and Fury is great and the way they bounce off each other is charming and very funny. Apparently Larson and Jackson struck up a great friendship during the making of this film and it definitely contributes to the warmth and camaraderie seen on the screen.
Although the whole “fish out of water” trope is nothing new, this film does it very well and when you mix that in with a load of 90’s pop culture references and music it really works. Obviously the 90’s is the era where I was a teenager so it was particularly nostalgic for me.
I liked the fact that the story line focused on strong female friendships and relationships in both “Vers'” connection to her former best friend, Maria (Lashana Lynch) and her mentor Mar-Vell (Annette Bening).
Lawson gives a great performance and just about manages to match the sheer power of both Bening and Jackson. I was surprised at how well the de-aging software worked on Jackson and at how believable it was. Although Mr O rightly pointed out that they can smooth out your face but that doesn’t stop you from shuffling about like an old man.
Overall the film has a great balance of humour, action and emotion and unlike a lot of other Marvel films, it doesn’t go on forever. One of my favourite superhero movies of recent times.