Brie Larson: Famous Actress or Chic Hotel Bellhop?

Oscar Cross
March 8, 2019

All these questions, and more, swirl around a film like this and create an nearly unfair environment for both critics and the film itself. His motivations and antics mark him as one of the MCU's more interesting and charismatic villains, and Mendelsohn's performance nails the character with a balance of relaxed humor and desperate intensity. But according to Feige, another character from Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel comic book series that nearly made it into the film as well. And what really sells this film is that playfulness.

In the film's first big space battle - dark and murky, but there are more and brighter battles ahead - the Kree take on evil shapeshifters called the Skrulls. Kree are humanoid invaders who are blue-blooded in nature.

To take on the role, Larson upped her fitness routine, incorporating new workouts including martial arts and boxing. You might have a hard time not laughing.

The film begins like a sci-fi noir: she greets the dawn alone in a small apartment overlooking a city of concrete towers and floating traffic having barely slept, beset by yet another nightmare of a deeply buried yet vague trauma.

Her life in distant Buenos Aires seems a glittering success but may not bear close inspection, and meanwhile there's emotional tension between Laura and her former lover Paco (Javier Bardem), a charismatic winemaker. The problem is that this blankness robs Larson of any character to build or, really, act. Larson turned it around and asked her what she thought of the film, and the answer was, "I thought it was awesome ..."

Review: 'Captain Marvel' gets an average introduction

Where the movie comes alive is in the moments in between the action. In addition to allowing the filmmaking team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (2006's Half Nelson) to wax nostalgic about the age of Blockbuster Video, Rock the Vote and the Altavista search engine, this means the film takes place some 15 years before Tony Stark first took flight as Iron Man. With the exception of a mid-credits scene that takes place after the events of 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, the primary connection here is Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), largely pre-eye patch and sporting a full head of hair, who shows up when Larson's odd being crashes to Earth claiming to be a soldier engaged in a massive alien war, many galaxies away.

Lots of superheroes feel conflicted about using their powers, but Captain Marvel is different.

When the mission goes wrong, Vers is captured by the Skrull, who interrogate her about the whereabouts of a mysterious energy source. How can this movie make a sea change for film culture broadly when it doesn't signal even the tiniest break from the norm of its own house style? "She's one of the few people in the Marvel universe that can time travel, so". Like the title character and the actress who plays her, they just want to take care of business. What do you make of Feige stating Larson was a huge fan of Captain Marvel? Suffice it to say that Marvel has been tinkering with Captain Marvel's genesis and gender since the 1980s and recently merged the character with the long-running Ms. Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers. To me, that's a part of what the meditation of this movie is: It's female strength, but what is female strength?

With Captain Marvel hitting screens nationwide tonight, the episode is a fun preview of the duo's banter, as Jackson's Fury tries to assist Larson's titular hero in preventing an alien invasion by shapeshifters.


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