Anger only serves the enemy. That's one of the warrior lessons a young woman known as Vers learns among an alien race called the Kree. That woman, as we the audience will come to know, is a complex character who will turn out to be incredibly resilient.
As the star of "Captain Marvel," Oscar-winning actor Brie Larson brings not only box office appeal to this Marvel Cinematic Universe entry, she offers more depth and raw intelligence to a role that might easily have been sloughed off as mere eye candy.
The film is structured as an origin story, but there are twists galore for die-hard fans of the 50-plus years old Marvel Comics series.
To be honest, though, I was ready to trash “Captain Marvel.” After all the hype and fan-flamed hysteria, it seemed the only reaction left was disappointment. No movie with this amount of anticipation could really be any good.
To my amazement, I liked it.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the movie hits a lot of touchstones for comic book fans but they aren’t necessarily ones you might expect. The filmmakers have taken a lot of the comic book heroine’s slightly jumbled history since she first made her appearance in the 1960s and given it a streamlined look that makes sense.
They also give us a glimpse into the origins of the Avengers Initiative, revealing to us a digitally young non-eyepatched Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) with more hair. Since this is mostly set in the mid-90s there are also a lot of juicy cultural touchstones as well.
But, the most touching of all is the little tribute given to the late Stan Lee.
Not a bad movie. I’d see it again. Oh, and stick around for two mid- and end-credit extra scenes.
Tempo grade: A
“Captain Marvel” is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language.
It is screening daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.
Also showing in Taos
Never Look Away
MPAA rating: PG-13
Taos Community Auditorium
This is Writer-Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s latest — he was behind the extraordinary Best Foreign Language Oscar winner “The Lives of Others” (2006), and this film has been rewarded with an Oscar nomination, too.
Inspired by the life of one artist and stories by others, this tale of fiction asks artists what is their truth, and how are they able to reveal it. This film is another great example of the director's talent for tying together character and story arcs while at the same tackling his nation's troubled past.
In German with English subtitles.
This film will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday (March 10) and at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday (March 11-16) at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets and additional information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.
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