As an avid MCU fan, I have been eagerly awaiting the first female led Marvel movie. As a mom of two little ladies who are pretty convinced they are superheroes, I have been eagerly awaiting this movie. As a person who saw Avengers: Infinity War, I have been eagerly awaiting this movie. Guess what? The wait is over!
My “the wait is over” face.
I am not about to spoil this movie for you, so what follows is my best attempt to explain everything I loved about Captain Marvel without giving away any major plot details. Higher, further, faster!
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Run Time: 2 hr, 5 mins
Post Credits Scenes: Two! Stay put during those credits.
Stan Lee Cameo: Better believe it. I was a teen in the 90s, so this is my fave “Leemeo” of them all.
Plot: Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.
Violence: Not terrible. The guns are space laser type deals, so blasts of light, no bullets. The only blood is a tiny bit of alien (a very pretty blue), and the fights are very action oriented, ie there’s a lot of movement and injuries aren’t graphic. This seemed less violent to me than Black Panther (which I loved), more along the action/adventure type violence of Thor: Ragnarock.
Swearing: I counted two mild swear words, both as punchlines to jokes. Your mileage may vary on that, but I didn’t find either overly offensive or in poor taste.
Romance: Literally none! There are a few couples among the secondary cast, but no one is doing on dates, or making google eyes, or falling in love. The strong relationships here are between friends and family. And I. was. here. for. it. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed not having a love interest until I sat down to type this review. Because, seriously, Captain Marvel is in the middle of an intergalactic war. There’s no time for dates!
There are some really lovely, empowering relationships, of the friendship, partner, and mentor variety. I’m so glad that the first female led superhero movie chose to focus on encouraging, uplifting friendships between women.
Cats: Goose! The breakaway star of this movie. I loved everything about him. I hope he gets a spin-off all his own. Maybe he’ll join the Avengers.
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Performances: Brie Larson was everything for me in this movie. She was smart, she was tough, she was feminine, and she shot into the sky like a star. I loved watching this determined woman, full of compassion, and courage become a legit, flying through the cosmos, kick butt SUPERHERO. But even before she answered that hero call, she was pretty awesome. We’ve seen lots of MCU heroes who had some serious characters flaws at the start of their journeys, who turn it all around in order to save the world. But like Captain America before her, Captain Marvel came into this hero gig with integrity and a strong belief system. She’s not perfect, but I love that this story shows you can be confident and competent and still learn, grow, and change..into the coolest superhero of them all (just my person opinion.)
If you’ve seen a commercial for this film (and you have, because you live in the world) then you’ve seen Samuel L. Jackson’s digitally de-aged face. Truthfully, I thought this technology would be super distracting (anyone else flashback to the de-aged Tony Stark in “Captain America: Civil War”?) But it was not! It took my brain a few minutes to adjust, and then I was able to buy into the world of the movie and appreciate a young, slightly more carefree Nick Fury (with both eyes!)
The supporting cast was in it to win it, with Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, and Ben Mendelsohn giving it their all. I love the diversity in the cast, and anytime you can have an American treasure like Annette Bening in a superhero movie, it’s a gift to us all.
Also, Goose the Cat was giving me life. Have I mentioned his performance already?
Soundtrack: Remember that awesome mix tape you made in 8th grade with all your favorite female led bands like No Doubt and Garbage? That is this soundtrack and when one particular song came on at a crucial moment I clapped my hands in delight.
Quips: This movie has got ‘em! Captain Marvel, the movie, is full of comedic moments, and Captain Marvel, the character, has jokes for days. Carol Danvers has a wit that reminds me of Starlord. When she meets Nick Fury, the quips fly.
The trailers make the movie seem very serious, and while there are moments of gravity, there is also a lot of fun. It takes place during the 1990s, so lots of topical jokes that will resonate for those of us who were wearing flannel tied around our waists and listening to Garbage. The movie does a great job at striking the balance between laugh out loud moments and deeply affecting personal ones. Is it cliche to say I laughed and I cried? I don’t care. Call me cliche because I laughed and cried.
Final Thoughts: I really liked this movie. I don’t know exactly what I expected it to be, but it was just a little cooler, a little more fun, a little more affecting that I had planned on. It’s not perfect. There are a couple moments where the plot gets a little fuzzy and the story leans on the action a little too much. But those flaws are minor compared to the empowering themes of perseverance and self discovery, the awesomeness of seeing a female led MCU movie, the crackling dialogue, the moments of hilarity and the moments that will give you all the feels. I can’t wait to watch this movie with my little superheroes. Higher, further, faster.
Have you seen “Captain Marvel”? What did you think? Who is your favorite superhero? I want to hear from you in the comments!
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey five years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!