THE FILM CLUB REVIEWS: CAPTAIN MARVEL

Last night we had a chance to check out our March Film of the Month, Captain Marvel, ahead of its release on Friday. Here’s what we thought (don’t worry this is a Captain Marvel spoiler-free zone!):

HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER.

Set in 1995, Captain Marvel takes place way before everyone else in the MCU bit the dust started worrying about Thanos and his golden glove.

Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is a human living as part of the Kree, an alien race of ‘noble warrior heroes’ who are locked in a galactic conflict with a race of devious shape-shifting aliens known as the Skrull.

Danvers serves in the elite military team ‘Starforce’, alongside her mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), learning to control her unique photon powers to help fight the Skrulls. A mission goes awry leaving Carol separated from her team, on Earth. To make matters worse, she’s not alone, the Skrulls have arrived to infiltrate Earth too.

Naturally she teams up with a two-eyed Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who’s still working his up way through the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. We won’t go into too much more plot detail as you really just need to see this film for yourself!

THROWBACKS WITHIN THROWBACKS

What’s great about the film (aside from Goose the cat who totally steals the show) is it doesn’t rely on the films that came before to make sense of what’s going on. In that regard it feels very much like one of the original phase 1 Marvel films and it works fantastically.

Of course, there’s still plenty to keep Marvel aficionados happy. Lee Pace is back as Ronan the Accuser (before he goes a bit power-mad in the first Guardians of the Galaxy). We also see the seeds of Nick Fury‘s vision for S.H.I.E.L.D. beginning to take root.

A PHOTON BLAST FROM THE PAST

Some of you will remember 1990s Samuel L. Jackson from the first time round. This time he’s less concerned with what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in France. He’s got bigger questions to answer like ‘What’s a Skrull?’, ‘OK, now what’s the blue one?’ and ‘Wait, which ones are the ones that shape-shift?!’

The youthful Nick Fury is achieved using Disney’s favourite toy, CGI de-aging technology. While it looks seamless on Jackson (we had to check to see if they’d even used it) the CGI magic misses the mark slightly when used on another well-known SHIELD employee, leaving them a little bit shiny & plastic-looking at times.

You’ll recognise this Disney de-aging technique from *deep breath* Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Michael Douglas in Ant-Man, Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean Salazar’s Revenge, Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War, plus both Carrie Fisher & Peter Cushing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (told you they liked to show it off).

ISN'T IT REALLY JUST FOR THE HARDCORE MARVEL FANS?

Not at all – it’s for the first time Marvel-goer who doesn’t have a spare 42 hours & 53 minutes to watch everything else, to have a clue what’s going on.

It’s for the kid who sat next to us who physically couldn’t contain their excitement, cheering on Captain Marvel during every action scene (we’ll let them off for talking in the cinema because it was adorable).

It’s for your friend who has a secret crush on Jude Law, despite his ‘interesting’ romantic past. Or your other friend who might have a not-so-secret crush on anyone else from the parade of beautiful people that make up the rest of the cast (Annette Bening, call me!)

And yes, it’s for the Marvel fan who’s been dying for their next fix of this intricate and insanely thought-out universe of films. It goes without saying that you should stay for the post-credits scene, but this one is an absolute must-see especially given it’s the last one before Avengers Endgame lands in April.

If you’re still hungry for more Captain Marvel check out our red carpet coverage from the UK premiere…

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