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Brie Larson shines as fearless superhero across galaxies in 'Captain Marvel'

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, March 6, 2019  /  06:31 pm

Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios’ debut female-led superhero film, is an action-alien film with a message of empowerment. It is also about how someone can make peace with her past and realize that her true power actually comes from within.

Directed by Anna Boden and Rylan Fleck, Captain Marvel brings audiences back to the time before the superhero team the Avengers were assembled. Vers (Brie Larson) lives her life as a member of Starforce, an elite military unit of the Kree civilization somewhere far from Earth. She is trained by Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), the commander of Starforce.

Vers (right, played by Brie Larson) is trained by Starforce commander Yon-Rogg (left, Jude Law)Vers (right, played by Brie Larson) is trained by Starforce commander Yon-Rogg (left, Jude Law) (marvel.com/File)

However, Vers cannot remember her past and often has dreams of her being in an unknown place with a mysterious woman (Annette Bening).

Following a failed mission with Starforce, Vers lands on Earth, known to the Kree as Planet C-53, in 1995. During her time on Earth she meets Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), an agent of espionage and law enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D. The two work together to fight against the shapeshifting Skrulls and protect Earth from being involved in a galactic war.

The film is without doubt rich in '90s influences, including the costumes and background music featuring a number of famed bands from the era, including Nirvana, Hole and Garbage.  

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The younger version of Agent Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). The younger version of Agent Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). (marvel.com/File)

As Captain Marvel takes place in the past, people can expect to see young versions of Agent Fury and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and, according to The Guardian, both Jackson and Gregg received their youth digitally. Compared to his appearance in The Avengers, Fury still has his hair with two eyes intact. 

The award-winning Larson shows both Vers’ fearless and humane sides. Throughout the movie, the characters are smoothly developed, inviting viewers to delve into the film alongside Vers’ journey to find herself. Paired with Jackson in the film, the duo seem to be incompatible at first, but viewers will understand why they should not be separated from each other as the film continues.

Skrulls with their leader Talos (left, Ben Mendelsohn) arrive on earth. Skrulls with their leader Talos (left, Ben Mendelsohn) arrive on earth. (marvel.com/File)

Marvel Studios is known for combining equal amount of action and humor in its movies. Hilarious moments are plentiful in this one as well, especially when the characters face the archaic technology, such as phone booths and dial-up internet. However, despite the unpredictable plot twists, the two-hour Captain Marvel needs more fight scenes.

The film's cast also includes Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace. (wng) 

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