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Movie Title: Captain Marvel
Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Been Mendelsohn,Annette Benig
Run Time: 123 min
Year: 2019
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'Captain Marvel’ is the final film to release before Avengers: Endgame and is sure to hold many an Easter egg and hint for the plot of the upcoming film. Given that it is a film coming out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe it is generally expected to be an enjoyable film, however the true question is whether it will be able to live up to the standards of stellar entries into the MCU like ‘Captain America:The Winter Soldier’ or fall into the same pit of mediocrity as ‘Thor:The Dark World'.

This film follows the titular heroine in her adventures both on Earth and throughout the cosmos. Personally, I'm quite glad to see another film that is exploring some of the weirder and less explored realms of the Marvel Universe the same way films like 'Guardians of The Galaxy’ did. Carol Dancers or Captain Marvel is a human test pilot, an accident leaves her with amnesia and on the alien world of Hala, home to the species known as the Kree. Quite frankly, while Carol Danvers is a feminist icon and it is great to see more female-led films being released, it is hard for me to describe her as a role model as her character sees very little development throughout the movie and does not overcome all that much. This is quite an issue as a part of the plot as it leaves the audience feeling as is if the ultimate pay off isn't really deserved.

One of the brightest spots of the film is the dynamic between a wonderful de-aged Nick Fury and Captain Marvel. The film has them play off each other in a way that is definitely reminiscent of classic buddy-cop films full of humour and wit. Unfortunately, this is the only place where the writing of the film really shines as it is usually quite bland and formulaic, not really breaking the mould of 'the superhero film’ and going out of its way to create its own unique style as a film. It's easy to tell that Brie Larson is definitely putting in maximum effort and is trying to play the character the best she can, but the writing ultimately fails her and makes her seem almost robotic and stereotypical as a hero.

To sum it up, while 'Captain Marvel’ will definitely be an enjoyable movie, it's also that you've seen before and will leave you feeling a bit dissatisfied in its conclusion. This is a good movie but it doesn't live up to the titanic legacy of the character.

Nirek Panditha
Author: Nirek Panditha
Self professed film buff, aspiring writer and comic book geek.
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