The Marvels movie review

Marvel-ous? Or will you be (Nick) Fury-ous?

What’s it about?

Carol Danvers gets her powers entangled with those of Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau, at a time when the universe needs saving. They need to work together and overcome their emotional baggage. Hi jinx ensue.

What did we think?

Anthony Sherratt says: Ignore the bad press: THE MARVELS is a fun movie. It’s not without problems as the early pacing is terrible and shows signs of third-party editing/interference; the musical number is flat and the very definition of a wasted opportunity, and; the villain is wasted to the point of almost being unnecessary.

But that a movie can have such technical deficiencies and STILL be entertaining is impressive. The byplay between the characters is heartwarming and – unlike most MCU films – genuine with characters who feel distinct and human even while wielding cosmic power. No cavalcade where every single person is a one-liner machine. Nope, this is a young girl fangirling over her idol, an estranged niece struggling with emotions and abandoned issues, and a super powerful figure who does not play well with others being forced to. Real people who just happen to also have super powers. 

A lean runtime of under two hours really adds to the warmth and positive experience of a film that is entertaining rather than heavy on lore.

Fun, emotional and genuine. What else do you want in a superhero film?
Anthony has been reviewing movies for over 25 years (it may be longer now as he may have forgotten to add an extra year on). He lectures in journalism at the prestigious Queensland University of Technology and in addition to freelance writing, works with the charity Hands Across The Water. In a busy life, insomnia is his friend.
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