"Reel Reviews: Captain Marvel provides awesome mid-90s interlude before Avengers: Endgame" by: Jessica Shepard

   Captain Marvel’s opening weekend is breaking records in the ballpark of $56 million and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
   Even though it’s rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language, it’s a fairly decent family-friendly movie and perfect for Spring Breakers.
   The film is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet also contributing to the screenplay. 
   Brie Larson stars as Danvers, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. 
   Set in 1995, the story follows Danvers as she becomes Captain Marvel after Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien species.
   In 1995, on the Kree Empire’s capital planet of Hala, Starforce member Vers (Larson) suffers from recurring nightmares involving an older woman. 
   Yon-Rogg (Law), her mentor and commander, trains her to control her abilities while the Supreme Intelligence, an organic artificial intelligence (Bening) who acts as the ruler of the Kree, urges her to keep her emotions in check.
   During a mission to rescue an undercover Kree operative infiltrating a group of Skrulls, alien shapeshifters with whom the Kree have been fighting for centuries, Vers is captured by Skrull commander Talos (Mendelsohn) and forcibly subjected to a memory probe. 
   She manages to escape and inadvertently pilots a pod to Earth, crashing into a Los Angeles strip mall, specifically a Blockbuster video store. 
   Her presence attracts the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury (Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Gregg), whose investigation is interrupted by a Skrull attack.
   In the ensuing chase, Vers recovers a crystal containing her extracted memories and Fury kills a Skrull impersonating Coulson. 
   Talos, disguised as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Keller, convinces Fury to meet and work with Vers.
   Using Fury’s security clearance, Vers discovers she was a U.S. Air Force pilot who was presumed dead in 1989 after testing an experimental engine designed by a Dr. Wendy Lawson (Bening), whom she recognizes as the older woman from her nightmares, and a friend of former pilot Maria Rambeau (Lynch). 
   The two escape from Talos in a Quadjet, with Lawson’s cat Goose stowing away, and fly to Louisiana to meet Rambeau.
   Talos pursues and arrives at the Rambeau house just as Vers discovers her real name is Carol Danvers. 
   He reveals the Skrulls are refugees searching for a new home and Lawson was a Kree renegade helping them. 
   He then plays the recovered black box from Lawson’s plane, prompting Danvers to regain her memories and remember the day of the crash.
   All through the film, we get glimpses of Danvers’ life growing up and it shows how her experiences have helped shape who she is.
   It goes beyond the sudden surge of powers or Kree blood she’s got in her veins in 1995 – she’s been a force to reckon with since the beginning.
   Plus, I personally love how resourceful and brilliant she is – even besting Fury at his own intelligence game.

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