WNY News Now Movie Review: The Marvels

(WNY News Now) – In collaboration with the Lakewood Cinema 8, it’s time for the newest WNY News Now movie review. This week’s review is on the newest MCU film, The Marvels. For those unaware, The Marvels focuses on Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, and Monica Rambeau, who find their powers intertwined after encountering tears in the spacetime continuum caused by Dar-Benn, the new leader of the Kree who seeks revenge on Captain Marvel for destabilizing the Kree empire. The trio must work together to stop Dar-Benn and stabilize the spacetime continuum.

I personally enjoyed The Marvels. I had heard that it was really underperforming at the box office, so I was a bit worried about the quality, but I have to say that in my opinion, The Marvels was a much better movie than its box office performance might suggest. That’s not to say that the movie was without its weak points. The humor was a little hit or miss for me in some places, the villain felt kind of one-note, and there’s a bit of a lull once the film transitions into the second act. But I don’t think that any of these really dragged the movie down. And one of the biggest concerns I had was that viewers wouldn’t be able to understand what was going on without watching both Wandavision and Ms. Marvel on Disney Plus first. However, I would definitely say that if that is your hang up, don’t worry, as you should follow along just fine even if you haven’t seen them. I myself didn’t watch Ms. Marvel and haven’t watched Wandavision since it came out almost 3 years ago, but I think the movie did a great job bringing viewers up to speed.

And I think the movie had some really good things going for it. The runtime is just 1 hour and 45 minutes, which is a breath of fresh air. The movie is concise and while there are slower moments, it never feels like it’s dragging on. The quantum entanglement between the trio allowed for some really unique and creative fight choreography, which made the action scenes engaging even if the antagonist wasn’t very compelling. And the chemistry between Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, and Iman Vellani cannot be overstated. Their characters all brought something different to the table, and they just synergized very well together. Vellani in particular felt like a standout to me.

All in all, I thought that The Marvels was a decent watch, and much better than people might be expecting. It’s not the best of the MCU, but it was definitely an enjoyable watch. If I had to compare it to the other MCU films from this year, I would say that while it doesn’t stack up to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it stands head and shoulders above Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

If you like what you hear, be sure to check out The Marvels while it’s still in theaters. It’s currently playing at both the Lakewood Cinema 8 on Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood, and the Warren Mall Cinema on Market St. in Warren, PA.

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