The Marvels (2023) Movie Review

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Nia DaCosta, the inaugural black female director to helm a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), collaborated with screenwriters Megan McDonnell and Elissa Karasik for the script of the upcoming sequel titled “The Marvels.” Following the positive reception of her previous work, “Candyman” (2021), Nia DaCosta has been entrusted with overseeing the next chapter in Captain Marvel’s adventures.

The film marks a significant milestone as it serves as the cinematic debut on the big screen for Iman Vellani. Notably recognized for her portrayal of Kamala Khan, also known as Ms. Marvel, in her own mini-series, Vellani steps into the grandeur of a major MCU film with “The Marvels.”

The Marvels (2023) Synopsis

Unusual anomalies in time and space scattered across the cosmos establish a connection between the abilities of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), and Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani). Frequently finding themselves displaced from one another at inconvenient moments, the trio grapples with the unpredictable consequences of these cosmic fluctuations.

Simultaneously, Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton) assumes leadership of the Kree nation, initiating an expansive campaign to colonize numerous other planets with the aim of preserving their dwindling homeworld, Hala. Tasked with thwarting Dar-Benn’s impending invasion, Captain Marvel (Carol) and her newfound allies must collaborate to safeguard not only Earth but also the endangered planet Hala.

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The Marvels Review

The flow is simple, clear and concise

“The Marvels” opts for simplicity, delivering a clear and concise narrative that swiftly addresses the central challenge of uniting the three hero characters. While it continues Carol’s storyline from the initial film, her ongoing conflict with the Kree reaches what seems like an abrupt resolution, relying on Monica’s character to provide logical arguments and scientific solutions, resulting in an anti-climactic resolution.

Furthermore, the establishment of the foundation for the camaraderie among the three characters feels somewhat cliché. A touch of predictability emerges as Kamala’s bracelets, a seemingly crucial element, fall into the hands of the antagonist without the expected impact on the main characters, raising questions about whether the bracelets enhance the antagonist’s strength or if there’s an unexplored aspect at play.

Plot holes and plot details are still in focus

Apart from that, several other coincidental plot holes such as how suddenly at the space station, the proliferation of Flerken can appear.

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Even though the packaging is quite neat and good, some of the detailed plots are enough to create a lot of non-sense questions that interfere with focusing on the main premise. Including how little importance the ‘song’ language has on the planet Aladna.

The Marvels, of course, still includes many jokes typical of MCU films in general which can still entertain the audience. One of the additional interesting sub-plots that steals attention in this film is of course the involvement of the innocent and funny Khan family.

Less explored VFX

Starting from how they interact with Nick Fury, to taking part in encouraging the Flerkens to eat astronomers on the space station. Their chemistry with Kamala Khan, which is based on family love, is also often shown, so of course it motivates the main character to do better.

There is nothing to comment on from the special effects themselves. Nothing feels improved, it still feels standard and ordinary like recent MCU films.

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In fact, if we can keep up with technological developments, the use of VFX can be explored more deeply than just the use of auras of light power, especially if this film focuses more on space adventures.

Meanwhile, in terms of audio, there is nothing significant to leave a mark on. Even the use of songs in dialogue focuses more on the comedic nuances rather than the quality of the music.

The Marvels Conclusion

While “The Marvels” may not claim the title of the year’s best MCU film, it doesn’t fall into the realm of mediocrity either. The film lacks standout elements in both plot and overarching narrative, and even the Easter egg featured towards the conclusion fails to generate substantial excitement among fans.

However, Nia DaCosta’s direction doesn’t disappoint entirely. Certain visual aspects and the meticulous attention to cinematic details contribute positively to the overall viewing experience. Despite its flaws, the film manages to deliver a standard moral message, a characteristic shared by many MCU productions.

Undeniably entertaining, “The Marvels” falls short of surpassing the success achieved by some notable MCU counterparts, such as “Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3,” which also graced the screens this year. The journey to outshine other accomplished MCU films remains a considerable distance away.

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