Girl Boss Movie Review: Captain Marvel

Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch

Length: 2hrs 4mins

Girl Boss Rating: 8/10

Marvel Comics is on a roll! I am not biased, and I will not contribute to the DC Comics vs Marvel Comics debate, but Marvel has me tickled and excited in this first half of the year. I absolutely loved Captain Marvel and I am eagerly awaiting Avengers: Endgame next month.


Brie Larson plays a kick-ass extraterrestrial, female warrior from the planet Kree, who is eventually caught and tortured for information by the enemy Kree has been fighting, the Skulls. As the enemy tries to extract information from Brie, she starts to have memory flash backs, which eventually lead her back to Earth. She escapes from captivity and hunts the enemy, who saw in her memories that what they are looking for is on planet Earth.  This is where the movie starts rolling as Brie comes to find out that she was human born, Carol Denvers and was considered to have died on assignment working in the US Air force.

Official Movie Poster

On Earth whilst chasing the Skulls, Carol Denvers comes up against Nick Furry (Samuel L Jackson) who is working for SHIELD. They end up working together to avert a catastrophic war from taking place on Earth, and Carol Denvers essentially becomes the founding Avenger, Captain Marvel. Who Nick Furry can call when Earth is really in trouble.  We saw him call Captain Marvel at the end of the last Avengers Movie released 2018.  The movie has all the action you can expect from a sci fi action movie.

Things I Loved About Captain Marvel

I loved that there is a female lead, surrounded by other strong female characters.  Carol Denvers is not a sidekick of a male, although she reports to a male captain whilst she believed she was from Kree.  Her story-line is believable and so is empowering to women watching. I loved that her best friend, who was with her when they were trying to break into to the US Air Force as females, is black, and she also plays a strong character that flies spaceships; although we don’t get to know more about her history or character, she reminds me of General Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) in Black Panther. And off course with regards to representation, the movie also has Samuel L. Jackson as (Nick Furry). I also love that a woman wrote the script and directed the movie.

Things I didn’t like about Captain Marvel

It takes a while for the movie to really get going, you could miss the first 20 mins and still catch on just fine and not miss any essential plot/s.

Why you should watch Captain Marvel

  • It’s a complete stand-alone movie that doesn’t require that you should have watched other Marvel Movies, it doesn’t require you to have any knowledge whatsoever about other Marvel characters or Avengers.
  • It will make you a believer in the idea that you don’t have to lose your  “feminine” traits to be a kick-ass superhero and that women can be superheroes just as we are.  For some reason the world of superheroes is quite masculine.
  • It will definitely make you want to watch the Avengers Franchise, which I think is pretty cool.
  • I believe Marvel is not a “made-up” world, I believe these things do happen and will make you question reality and perception of power.

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