‘The Marvels’ review: You’ve seen this movie 32 times before | ET REALITY


As with many studio-created girl groups, the women who front “The Marvels” are carefully styled, wearing coordinated outfits during their big numbers, having some flashily choreographed moves and, because they’ve clearly put in the time to rehearse , they know how to harmonize (more or less). The group has been created for maximum profitability, familiarity and relationship, and to that instrumental end, it offers exactly what you expect from it and not a single thing, idea or rhythm more. Its members are kind, even at their most ostensibly fierce, and so bland that it feels like an affront, especially to all the women here who work so hard.

This is the 33rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which continues to expand even as its cultural interest and resonance wane. “The Marvels” will dominate the box office, of course, at least during its opening weekend, simply because it will flood theaters. It’s pointless to complain, I know (believe me), but it’s frustrating how weak this movie is because the director, Nia DaCosta (“Little Woods,” “Candyman”), is talented, the cast is attractive, and there’s a slightly gonzo feel to it. scene showing what the other 100 minutes could have been like. It’s almost as if Marvel Studios executives know that it doesn’t matter if their movies are good.

Once again, Brie Larson plays Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, a former Air Force pilot who inadvertently acquired her superpowers once. She continued to fly through the decades, albeit sometimes without a ship, hurtling through space and fighting alongside the Avengers, all while maintaining her incredibly youthful appearance. When she first appears here, she’s hanging out with her scene-stealing orange tabby, Goose (played by Tango and Nemo), on her spaceship and doing something that seems important. Soon, with Goose perched on one shoulder (no spacesuits here), this very special cat lady heads to a planet and embarks on another overly plotted and overextended escapade.

This time she’s joined by two super-powered beings from the small screen: Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani), a Captain Marvel superfan from Jersey City (and Disney+); and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), an astronaut (presented as an adult in the series “WandaVision”) who is part of SABER. In the interest of moving this review forward, and because I had no idea what Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) was doing in space with a group of uniformed lackeys (other than barking orders with his usual gruffness): here’s how The film’s production notes describe SABER: “a space station covertly acting as Earth’s first point of contact and defense against a rapidly expanding universe.” .”

Written by DaCosta, Megan McDonnell and Elissa Karasik, “The Marvels” reunites old friends and enemies while introducing new characters and developments, all of which will presumably be included in future installments, as is the Marvel way. The big fights and minor tensions are generated primarily by the villainous Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton), the ruler (or, in Marvel, Supremor) of the Kree people; She wields a powerful hammer and holds a grudge against Captain Marvel. In one of the most important scenes, Dar-Benn brutally targets other enemies. As terrified men, women, and children flee and buildings fall, the scene briefly conjures visions of our world, which the film pointedly ignores.

As is always the case with Marvel directors, DaCosta’s main job seems to be keeping the greased wheels moving while showing countless close-ups of happy, sad, and angry faces, all of which are meant to remind viewers that His heroes are just like us, only super. To underscore this point, Kamala’s fangirl gimmick goes on too long; the character is doodling images of her idol when the film begins and some time later she is wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the image of Captain Marvel. Once the character calms down, so does Vellani, an engaging actor with comedic timing that bounces off both Larson and Parris nicely. They, in turn, have been given an unfortunate surrogate mother-daughter dynamic that is thankfully underdeveloped because all they really want to do is see Goose, who is in fact golden.

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Rated PG-13 for bloodless cartoon violence. Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes. On cinemas.

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