Staff Review – DVD


Captain Marvel is Marvel’s first feature film to have a female superhero as a lead – and it’s about time. I did have some issues with it, like the predictable villain and no, I wouldn’t put it in my ‘Top 5 Marvel Movies’ list (even though Captain Marvel is possibly my favorite female Marvel hero) but it was entertaining. It was funny and heartwarming. There was just a little something missing. Despite that, Brie Larson was the perfect choice to play Carol Danvers and brilliantly brings Captain Marvel to the big screen.

This origin story feels like a coming of age film, where Carol discovers who she is and what she’s capable of (spoiler: it’s a lot). As arguably one of the most powerful superheroes she can accomplish a lot once she embraces her powers and everything that makes her uniquely her. I also love how she is unapologetically herself, whether it’s being an amazing female pilot or an uber powerful superhero. She doesn’t apologize for being stronger, smarter, or more passionate than anyone else – and that’s a great message to take to heart. No one asks the male superheroes to do so, so why should Captain Marvel? There were a lot of elements of feminism in the storyline, which I appreciated.

The supporting characters were the ones that shone for me in this film. We got to see Nick Fury’s origin story, Phil Coulson as a new agent, and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s development from a terrestrial organization to one that realizes there is more out there. Monica Rambeau, Carol’s fellow pilot, and her daughter Maria were the heart of this movie and stole so many scenes. I loved the relationship that Carol had with them and it felt real. And of course, we can’t forget Goose (Chewie in the comics), the orange tabby cat with a secret or two that steals Fury’s heart.

Overall, I cannot wait to see where Carol travels next and how her story intersects with Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., the Rambeau’s, and the other Marvel superheroes in the future. I think she has a bright future ahead of her. 

-Kyera S.

 

DVD Review by Staff

Instant Family (Rated “PG-13)

A “feel good” emotional movie about Foster Parenting, based on director, Sean Anders’ real life story of adopting three children from foster care.

Mark Wahlberg (Pete) and Rose Byrne (Ellie) are DIY home renovation flippers who are missing something in their lives. They decide to foster three siblings, a rebellious teenager, Lizzy, Isabela Moner, her clumsy brother, Juan, Gustavo Escobar, and the younger temper tantrum sister, Lita, Julianna Gamiz.  It’s not as easy as it seems, as case workers, Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro, help the couple through their many trials and tribulations.

Keep a box of tissues nearby; this movie will make you laugh and cry. -Deb

 

Staff Recommends…

“Recommending First Man feels a little like giving a gift at Christmas. It’s a great film with almost real action scenes, skillful camera and cinematographic work that supplies its’ own drama, and a script tethered tightly to the film. The in-cabin perspective makes the experience palpable and believable, shining a light on the Gemini/Apollo missions to reach the moon. Steve recommends the film with four rockets and two boosters out of 5 rockets! Click on the image to find this item in our catalog.