"Captain Marvel"

I went into this film with low expectations. (I took a mini break to watch the “Avengers: Endgame” trailer. OH MY GOODNESS!). As I left the theater, of course having watched the credits scene, I was pleasantly empowered. The evolution of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) to Captain Marvel occurs as she fights the Skrulls, known as shapeshifters.

Brie Larson is marvelous in every fiber of her being. Lashana Lynch is incredible as Maria, who knew Carol from her previous life. I loved their sistership. Samuel L. Jackson is his smooth cool self as Nicholas Fury with a hilarious moment. Akira Akbar is delightful as Monica, Maria’s wildly curious daughter. Annette Bening is fierce and alluring as Dr. Wendy Lawson. Gemma Chan is commanding as Minn-Erva. Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou and Clark Gregg form a strong supporting cast.

Writers & Directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck deliver a world audiences have waited to witness. It is electric and fast paced by an extensive Visual Effects crew. SPOILER ALERT: Earth does not get destroyed. A miracle in this universe. Writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet with story by Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve developed a compelling message of humanity with women in the center. Carol as Vers is constantly told to keep her emotions in check. This is an all too real experience for women. There were some confusing parts in the development of Carol remembering who she is. Then, the story clicked. There was plenty of dry humor. The nostalgia and fun is ripe, playing into the day & age technology of today.

Costume Designer Sanja Milkovic Hays delivers in the t-shirts and looks. Cinematographer Ben Davis displayed breathtaking scenes shot in the massive open sky and trees of Louisiana. Music by Pinar Toprak hypes the nostalgia through the music with a captivating score. I thought my theater would go into a sing along when “Just A Girl” by No Doubt played. I also will only be a cat mother if it is to one like Goose.

I will see this film again.

Thank you, Stan Lee.