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By an odd coincidence, Captain Marvel is the second movie in a month to feature a female protagonist trying to solve the mystery of her own backstory.

That's certainly not all of the negative reviews; in fact, even the generally positive reviews by female critics emphasized numerous same shortcomings as the critics above, but most gave the film a net positive rating because of its high-octane action, its often spectacular sequences, and Larson's solid (enough) performance.

Way before Brie Larson won her Oscar, she was, in fact, a singer who put out a fairly decent pop album. She can certainly see why people would get into becoming a WWE Superstar because training and fighting is "such a thrill". "Her film, alas, is no epic".

"That's been the theme of this whole press tour is owning my body and understanding that it changes from day-to-day what feels empowering to me and what makes me feel good", she shared at the premiere.

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There is always the next Avengers movie to satiate the never-dying hunger for costumed saviours but 'Captain Marvel', the first female superhero stand-alone, is set to make a timely landing in the post #MeToo era in Hollywood.

Captain Marvel opens in the United Kingdom and USA on Friday, which has been designated International Women's Day 2019. They are led by a green-skinned Ben Mendelsohn, in prosthetics that must have taken hours to apply, but still look like a rubbery mask. One such species involved in one such war is the Kree, and with the Kree came Mar-Vell.

Captain Marvel stars Academy Award® victor Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou (Korath), Lee Pace (Ronan), Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan (Minn-Erva), Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, Kenneth Mitchell (Joseph Danvers), with Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), and Jude Law. In addition to allowing the filmmaking team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (2006's Half Nelson) to wax nostalgic about the age of Blockbuster Video, Rock the Vote and the Altavista search engine, this means the film takes place some 15 years before Tony Stark first took flight as Iron Man. The answers eventually pile up, and the film's weight finally begins to reveal itself.

She also has one of the most confusing and labyrinthine back stories this film fan has ever had the task of untangling. Carol Danvers, unfortunately, is an inferior counterpart to the carefully crafted personas of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. Sure she discovers truths along the way, but she's the same snarky, self-satisfied fighter at the end as she is at the beginning - albeit with a little more pep in her step. Larson glares a lot, as she should. Her Captain Marvel is the trail of energy left by someone flying too fast for the eye (but not the panel) to see, her power rendered as speed taking human form.

An avalanche of publicity has touted the first female superhero to carry a Marvel film, but this is not the women's empowerment story the orchestrated hype claims. His motivations and antics mark him as one of the MCU's more interesting and charismatic villains, and Mendelsohn's performance nails the character with a balance of relaxed humor and desperate intensity.

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