THE MARVELS – “Far from marvelous, but kinetic fun regardless”

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers in Marvel Studios' THE MARVELS. Photo by Laura Radford. © 2023 MARVEL.

RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Nia DaCosta (Candyman – 2021)

MAIN CAST

Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau
Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel
Zawe Ashton as Dar-Benn
Park Seo-joon as Prince Yan
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

SYNOPSIS

It is the sequel to the film Captain Marvel (2019), a continuation of the television miniseries Ms. Marvel (2022), and the 33rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

While investigating a wormhole linked to the Kree, Monica Rambeau's powers become entangled with those of Kamala Khan and Carol Danvers. The trio team up to determine why they are swapping places with each other every time they use their powers.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Nia DaCosta’s The Marvels is far from marvelous, but kinetic fun regardless. So, here’s the thing, when comparing it to the rest of the MCU’s super catalogue, it’s rather middling. That is to say, it’s not nearly as big of a Universe-altering spectacle that we’ve grown accustomed to. Don’t get me wrong, there are a handful of narrative surprises (especially in that mid-credit scene), but the threat never feels legitimate. Alas, it’s once again a case of the villain falling flat as just another copy/paste generic big bad. Not helping the overall anemic stakes was the silly setup that kicked everything off. In fact, things are so goofy, it felt more like a TV sitcom at times than a major motion picture. Luckily, the visual splendor is very cinematic. Marvel has always displayed an impressive vastness onscreen and this is no exception. And while recent MCU outings have had their share of shoddy CGI, there were no egregious offences this time around. Plus, our lead trio is all kinds of fun to watch. It turns into something akin to a generational slumber party. And with it’s silly nature, dynamic editing style and inspired soundtrack, it’s one energetic fly-by adventure. But, does it standout in any significant way – especially with what’s come before it? Sadly, not even close.

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