The newest Marvel Cinematic Universe installment arrived in theaters on March 8. “Captain Marvel” starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Lashana Lynch, Jude Law, Gemma Chan, and Clark Gregg blasted it’s way to $153 million dollars domestically, and $455 million dollars worldwide. This makes “Captain Marvel” the second highest grossing superhero film behind “Avengers: Infinity War.” Wow!
Is It Ok to Take Kids to See Captain Marvel?
One of the first questions I always get asked, right after “Was it any good?” (yes, yes it was) is “Is it ok for my kids?” This is a tricky question for me. Every kid is different. Some kids are more mature at an earlier age. Some older kids are not mature enough to handle certain content. Basically, you know your child better than I, but if you need the low down on what’s up with “Captain Marvel,” I am happy to share.
Be aware that from this point forward, my review will not be spoiler free!
The Best Thing About Captain Marvel
First and foremost, let’s acknowledge what an amazing time we live in. Let’s also acknowledge that it’s 2019 and why the heck did it take so long to get our first female-led Marvel movie?! I mean, really. I need Black Widow’s story, y’all!
Setting that accomplishment aside, what I loved about this movie can be attributed to one of Carol Danver’s best quotes. “I don’t have to prove anything to you,” she said as she towered over Yon-Rogg and the end of the film. This movie told a great story with real people having real emotions, had a ton of action, and got me very excited for “Avengers: Endgame.”
I didn’t feel like it was trying to prove anything to me. It was trying to be a good superhero movie, and it was. The best thing about “Captain Marvel” is that it continued in the tradition of great Marvel storytelling.
The Worst Thing About Captain Marvel
Although I loved the movie, it wasn’t completely perfect. I was so miffed when “Black Panther” didn’t win Best Picture at the Oscars this year. To me, it accomplished something no other “superhero” or “space age” movie has done: told a compelling, meaningful story with a supernatural element that added to instead of detracted from the film. I digress.
I don’t think “Captain Marvel” will win any Oscars next year. Does that mean it’s a bad movie? Hardly. The disjointed visuals and back and forth at the beginning were my biggest issues. I understand we had to jump around in time as Carol discovered who she truly was and how she actually got to the Kree planet, Hala, but it was kinda hard to keep up with.
If that’s the only thing that bothered me about the movie, then I’d say it ended up being pretty good.
What Kids Will Like About Captain Marvel
Kids will love the action sequences the most, I think. The suspense of finding the Skrulls hidden amongst humans on a train, the fight against Ronan in orbit above earth, and Maria’s flying skills in the desert are just a few of the scenes that are all really well done and exciting to watch!
What Parents Will Like (and not like) About Captain Marvel
As a child of the 90s, oh man did I have some good old throwbacks with this film. The soundtrack was an incredible mix of my favorites growing up including some of my favorite artists like TLC and No Doubt. The throwbacks to the days of Blockbuster, dial-up internet, and pay phones also made me laugh out loud at certain parts.
I was prepared for the language, thanks to my friend Tania who also has concerns about what her kids watch, but still didn’t like what I heard. It bothered me more this time because my kids are old enough to know those words now, so I don’t have the ability to just hope they pass right over their heads anymore. Nope. They heard them. Yes, I know it was PG-13 and that is a reality, but I can always hope that it might change one day.
Stay Until The Bitter End
Finally, although my favorite end credits scene happened in the “mid-credits,” stay until the very end! I will never understand why people get up and leave a Marvel movie before it’s all over. You’re missing out, people! The mid-credits scene reveals some good news for those of us waiting to see what happens in “Avengers: Endgame,” so at the very least, stay for that part!
Have you seen “Captain Marvel” yet? What did you think about the first Marvel movie with a female lead?
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