Review: The Marvels

Wednesday, November 08, 2023


Hey Mofos!

I went to check out the film The Marvels last night and let me tell you, I want to be a super hero. Director Nia DaCosta has me convinced that I just need a knee brace or two, an ankle brace, a power bracelet and some super power then I too can be a Marvel. Let's get into the film shall we?

Here's the synopsis: 

Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan, Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team-up and learn to work in concert to save the universe as “The Marvels.” Marvel Studios’ “The Marvels” stars Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Zawe Ashton, Gary Lewis, Seo-Jun Park, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, and Samuel L. Jackson. Nia DaCosta directs with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Mary Livanos Jonathan Schwartz and Matthew Jenkins serve as executive producers. The screenplay is by Nia DaCosta and Megan McDonnell and Elissa Karasik. 

My review: 

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) shows more emotion than I've ever seen in the Marvel Universe. It's like she's human or something. That cat Noodles, Goose. or whatever its name was, tore my nerves up and maybe that's because I'm not an animal person. Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) was Black Girl Magic personified and I loved her natural big hair, and Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) and her family stole the damn show along with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). 

The comedy of proportions of Ms. Marvel aka Kamala and her family are hilarious and probably how many parents would behave when their daughter is in and out of the universe and they have no clue wtf is going on. The villain of the film, Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton) scared me plain and simple. She is the survivor of the Kree Civil War and her home Hala is dying thanks to Captain Marvel's destroying the Supreme Intelligence. Dar-Benn is with the shits and ready to do whatever she has to in order to bring peace, love, and soul to her beloved Hala. I did feel like the Marvel Universe should have done more with that character and the people of Hala. But she simply served as the reason The Marvels were thrown together by well, you'll see. 

One thing I loved is the diversity of the cast and all of the girl power. I also loved that it wasn't just about Captain Marvel, because let's be for real, her movie was a snore and it took me all of ten tries to get thru it. Sorry but it did. 

But here, all three leads get their chance to shine and we get to see their full arcs come to sort of a completion whether it's peace, turmoil, or utter chaos as this chapter of their adventure ends. 

I haven't seen every single Marvel movie, but what I do know, stay after the credits, because judging from the audience reaction, it's gonna make you squeal with excitement about the next chapter of the Marvel Universe. 
I loved the kee-kee's I got from this film and the feeling of feeling like my imagination, just like Kamala's, can take me anywhere I want to go. It also showed the power of compromise, keeping promises, promises (sorry I started singing Christopher Williams' song), and taking a leap of faith into the unknown to help others. 

I think this is a great film and can't wait to see what lies ahead in the future for these three super heroes. Also, please know this film is probably the shortest one in the MU. At least you'll be home early! 

Marvel Studios’ The Marvelsopens in U.S. theaters on November 10.

Let me know what you think if you go! 

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