The last couple of weeks I read a lot of “this movie was a let down because it’s not Wonder Woman” reviews. Not sure why anyone wanted it to be Wonder Woman. As a woman, I can attest to the fact that each woman is different in her own way. That said, I’m couldn’t be happier that Captain Marvel isn’t Wonder Woman. She is her own unique brand of female empowerment.
Captain Marvel starts off in space and eventually finds its way back to Earth. I won’t give you the whole plot, but I will say that Brie Larson brings much needed female life to the Marvel universe. The missing piece. While I loved the women of Wakanda, and I enjoy Gamora and the other female roles within the Avengers, there was a hole that always seemed to be filled with men.
I went into this movie with trepidation. I didn’t want to feel disappointment. Watching Carol Danvers come to life wiped all the concerns away. When she removes the technology from her neck that was keeping her powers at bay made me want to cheer. Breaking the chains laid upon her by men, in this case Jude Law. Pretty awesome.
The 90’s nostalgia hit me too although they could have gone a little further with it. And I approve of the use of No Doubt’s ‘I’m Just a Girl’ during a fight scene. Very fitting in the context of this movie.
Don’t go into the theater thinking you are getting an all encompassing film about girl power. It’s so much more. It’s about being yourself and not letting others hold you back. It’s about getting both sides of the story before acting. It’s about how you respond when you fail and what you do when you get back up. Those moments are universally human.