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Set in the 1990’s, Captain Marvel is the story of Carol Danvers, a woman trying to remember her past while saving earth from an alien invasion.
Pro – In the groove: It’s been longer than we’ve become accustomed to since the last Marvel Cinematic blockbuster, yet Captain Marvel slides right back into their well-worn and entertaining groove. All the white noise surrounding the film outside the theater shouldn’t detract from the fact that this is a very nice addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the stable of Marvel characters. A hero that can fly and shoot energy beams is certainly going to require a lot of CGI, but generally it looks very smooth. The 90’s era setting, and accompanying soundtrack, will delight the older crowd who can still remember (perhaps not fondly) Blockbuster Videos, two-way pagers, and the grunge look. The action is very good, and while it can be a bit hectic at times, it’s fun and exciting. Finally, the story is far from flawless, but overall is well written. It manages to have its own feel while tying in pretty seamlessly to a ten-year old universe.
Pro – Acting: The cast of this film is enjoyable, and surprisingly deep. At this point, it’s likely that the juggernaut is that MCU is pulling in “A,” “B,” and “C” List stars with the gravitational pull of its multi-billion-dollar success. That’s on full display here. Brie Lawson does a nice job as the title heroine. She brings a nice combination of athleticism, charm, and a dry sarcasm to the role, even if some of that gets lost by the end. It’s great fun to see Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) get a lot of screen time in this film as well. Jackson reprises the role written for him and finally gets more to do, much to the benefit of the audience. Annette Bening, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, and Djimon Hounsou are just a few of the impressive cast filling various sized roles in this film. In fact, one minor disappointment is that Captain Marvel gets separated from her Kree strike team very early in the film. It’s too bad, because the team is filled with cool characters and great actors, and it would have been nice to spend more time around them.
Neutral – Hahaha: Captain Marvel continues the marvel tradition of injecting plenty of humor and light-hearted moments into films about grown-ups with special powers wearing pajamas. Lest we look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth, let’s be clear that this is good, and certainly vastly superior to the brooding darkness of other comic universes. It has to be said that Captain Marvel has some really funny moments and is a better film for it. All that aside, it also seems to try a little too hard at times. It’s a tightrope to walk for sure, but every moment doesn’t have to be a punch, an energy blast, or a wisecrack.
Captain Marvel is a worthy addition to the MCU. It fits squarely into the middle of a lineage of incredibly entertaining and successful films while introducing a character that will surely be critical when the “main course” is served in April. Blast down to the Fridley Palms Theatre and check it out!

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