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Captain Marvel Blu-ray Review

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It’s about time.

To describe the plot of “Captain Marvel” is a bit of a challenge given that the story is a surprise filled mystery box. What I will say it’s that it’s an intergalactic adventure set in the 90s in which nothing is as it seems. The story revolves around a powerful Kree Starforce soldier named Vers who has a past shrouded in mystery. She and her fellow Kree are engaged in a war against the shapeshifting Skrulls. Her journey eventually leads her to Earth where she encounters Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. whom she soon partners up with. While on Earth, Vers makes several shocking discoveries about who she is, how she got her powers, who her mentor Yon-Rogg is, and what the story behind a mystery woman and an experimental jet engine is all about. Yes, I’m being purposefully vague here.

“Captain Marvel” marks the long, long overdue first female led MCU film and it doesn’t disappoint. Not only is a bad-ass new female character now into the MCU with Captain Marvel, but the movie packs in so many rewarding moments like the touching, full-circle tributes to Stan Lee, the long awaited introduction of the Skrulls, the scene-stealing Goose cat who is more than a cat (the character was named Chewie in the comics), a younger Nick Fury and his early days in S.H.I.E.L.D., beloved characters Marie and Monica Rambeau, a fantastic set-up for a sequel (assuming they go the route you think), MCU tie-ins, and legitimate story surprises (which is hard to pull off in this day and age).

The cast is equally on point here. While Oscar winner Brie Larson is a bit shaky at times early on, she definitely settles into the character. Her big moment against a foe is especially moving. Samuel L. Jackson is the MVP here as Nick Fury. Initially, I was concerned about the de-aging angle being a distraction, but the technology has never been better. On top of that, Fury has the best lines, great character development, and undeniable chemistry with Brie Larson. Ben Mendelsohn (who plays Skrull Commander Talos) gives another stunning performance. The actor is fast becoming a genre legend and his role as the layered character Talos only cements that. Lashana Lynch may not have as much screentime as many would have liked, but she crushes it as Maria Rambeau. I can’t say much about Annette Bening and Jude Law’s characters, but suffice it to say, the veteran actors class up the joint.

As involving as “Captain Marvel” is the film is not without its flaws. Since writers and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (and co-writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet) crafted a story in which you don’t know what’s going on for the first half, the film is a bit choppy, rushed, and disjointed (even if it’s intentional) in this portion. To be fair, the script had a lot of ground to cover in terms of exposition, world building, and numerous mysteries. Thankfully, once everything comes together in the better second half, it all pays off in the end.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a crystal clear 1080p transfer. Note: This title is also available on 4K.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the big action set pieces to the character moments, this track delivers the goods.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* Disney/Marvel ads
* 6 deleted scenes
* A quick 2 minute gag reel.
* “Becoming A Super Hero”- A featurette on Brie Larson becoming the titular hero.
* “Big Hero Moment”- This extra is about the Captain Marvel character and her introduction into the MCU.
* “The Origin Of Nick Fury”- Like the title says, this extra is all about Nick Fury’s role in the film.
* “The Dream Team”- A spotlight on the co-writers and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
* “The Skrulls And The Kree”- A featurette about the two alien species and their war.
* “Hiss-Sterical Cat-Titude”- A goofy mock featurette on Goose.
* A passionate commentary by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck that covers everything from script changes to set stories.

June 12, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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