‘Captain Marvel’ is an uneven feminist origin story

We went to see Captain Marvel last night and while the film was enjoyable, it’s not nearly as good as Wonder Woman, and that’s coming from someone who is Team Marvel all the way.

The film is a prequel to the Avengers, and takes place even before Iron Man kicked off this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s also an origin story of how Carol Danvers came to be Captain Marvel.

Despite Oscar winner Brie Larson taking up the role, her performance is at times, a bit flat. And the movie continually hits you over the head with a less than subtle feminist message. That’s to be expected, though, based on the press tour where Larson stated that she didn’t want the reporter pool to be “overwhelmingly white male.”

Still, playing No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” during a lengthy fight scene is a BIT heavy handed.

We also get a couple montages of a younger Carol Danvers, and see how she’s told she shouldn’t drive so fast or that she hits like a girl. And the entire premise behind controlling her powers is derived from controlling her emotions, something that Yon-Rogg (played by Jude Law) thinks is constantly out of check, playing on the whole “women are emotional” creatures stereotype.

The film is not all bad though. It boasts a great soundtrack, some 90’s nostalgia, a decent story line, heartwarming tribute to Stan Lee, and gives young girls a non-sexualized version of a superhero they can look up to. We also learn how Nick Fury lost his eye (spoiler alert: it’s a pretty dumb plot twist) and how the tesseract came to be.

While Captain MarvelĀ is a bit preachy when it comes to the feminism messages, it’s still worth watching, and is an important film in the big scheme of things. Make sure you stay for the two extra scenes before and after the credits.

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