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Movie Review: Wonder Woman 1984

  As superhero sequels go, Wonder Woman 1984 is pretty epic, but it’s not without its flaws. Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s ‑‑ an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she's come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artifacts and only performing heroic acts incognito. But soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom, and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and the Cheetah (Kristen Wigg), a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility. Now, I’m not the only one who has been waiting for this movie. I loved the first Wonder Woman film, not just because Gal Gadot was breathtaking in the title role but by its brilliant execution (which the DCEU was clearly lacking) and that was enough to get me excited for the sequel. And now that I’ve finally gotten to watch it, thanks to HBO Max, I’m so happy. With a runtime of

Brie Larson Finally Debuts As Captain Marvel

Brie Larson soars higher, further and faster in Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, now playing in theaters.

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls but keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. When she crash lands on Earth in 1995, she gets help from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.

Marvel Studios kicks off their 2019 slate with Captain Marvel, making it the 21st film in the always growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, which also celebrated its 10th-anniversary last year. Captain Marvel has all the usual humor and action found in an MCU film and Larson’s strong performance gives it plenty of girl-powered moments.

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck offer something new, and fresh making Captain Marvel feel different than any other MCU movie. The cinematography and overall tone of the film helps make it feel different but still maintains the MCU formula. Instead of using the usual chronological story about the events that made an ordinary person transform into a superhero, Captain Marvel debuts a character with extraordinary power and has her looking deep into her past in order to move forward. This helps the movie stand out more than the dozen other origin films.

However, its really Larson’s performance that is the key to Captain Marvel’s success and Brie is just brilliant, nailing the snarky, sometimes cocky, good-hearted hero that is Carol Danvers. Larson really shines when she shares screentime with Lashana Lynch as Maria, with both of them putting so much heart into their character’s friendship. But Larson is just fantastic no matter who she acting opposite from, whether its the mentor-mentee relationship with Jude Law’s character or the buddy cop wisecracks with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury.

Overall, Captain Marvel is the must-see superhero movie right now. With Larson’s Carol Danvers set to become the new face of the MCU, her origin story becomes that much more integral to the franchise’s future. The action and visuals are spectacular, making it worth splurging for IMAX. And make sure to stay till after the credits to see what's in store for Avengers: Endgame.


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