Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

Oscar winner Brie Larson is Captain Marvel in Marvel's first female-fronted superhero movie, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind). Samuel L. Jackson co-stars as 90s-era Nick Fury, along with Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg and Jude Law. 

Set in the 1990s in a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film follows Carol Danvers (Larson) as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small group of allies at the centre of the maelstrom.

2019Rating: M, Action violence124 minsUSAMarvel Studios
ActionAdventureScience FictionBlockbuster

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Flicks, Craig Mathieson

Flicks, Craig Mathieson

Captain Marvel begins briskly, omitting a villainous prologue and a genial introduction, in presenting the unsettled Vers (Brie Larson), a gifted rookie in the Starforce, an intergalactic military unit in the service of the Kree, an advanced alien race. A rebel without applause, Vers has fractured memories starting with trauma and no history, a situation that requires a sparring session and stern advice from her commanding officer and mentor, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law).

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Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

There’s a hell of a lot of pressure on Captain Marvel’s shoulders ahead of the release of Avengers: Endgame next month. Not only did co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck need to introduce the MCU’s most powerful and crucially important hero, but they had to do so in the shadow of a film that will pick up after the death of half the universe. In exploring Captain Marvel’s origins with a mysterious, slightly non-linear narrative; following a space war to mid-90s Earth (a "shithole" in an alien's timely description); and having a perfectly-cast Brie Larson as its self-possessed and cheeky hero known initially as Vers, the results excel in keeping us riveted—for better or worse—on the film at hand, at least until its closing moments.

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Variety

Variety

They have brought off something exciting, embracing the Marvel house style and, within that, crafting a tale with enough tricks and moods and sleight-of-hand layers to keep us honestly absorbed.

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Total Film

Total Film

A satisfying standalone launch for Marvel’s latest superhero combines sci-fi action with ’90s nostalgia. Overcoming minor stumbles, it ultimately soars.

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Time Out

Time Out

Brie Larson isn't given enough to do in a Marvel movie that marinates in '90s nostalgia but doesn't quite rise to the occasion of its own significance.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

This is the first in a while that I’ve found myself immediately hungry to revisit.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

An entertaining new part of the saga.

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Stuff

Stuff

With the inevitable bombast and posturing of Avengers: Endgame to come, this is a great way to remember just how much fun a comic-book movie could and should still be.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Nicely balancing the Earth-bound elements with epic cosmic action, Captain Marvel is yet another winner from the house of M.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

As a Nick Fury buddy comedy, it’s fun. As a feminist fable it’s essential. This takes a while to really get going, but when Carol Danvers takes off she is unstoppable.

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