THE MARVELS – Review by T.J. Callahan

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The Marvels: Are you there Carol Danvers? It’s me, Kamala.

The Marvels are out to change the MCU with a team of three teleporting tough girls in charge of a multi planet search and rescue mission. The astral alliance of Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau aka Professor Marvel and Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel complement each other’s powers in a race to keep a scorned adversary from stealing the galaxy’s natural resources to save her own dying orb.

The most marvelous thing about The Marvels is its only 105 minutes. What has soured me on the multitude of superhero movies is their bloated runtimes filled with fighting for the sake of fighting. The Marvels writer/director Nia DaCosta knew she didn’t need to do that to sufficiently continue the story of Captain Marvel.

That’s another marvelous thing about The Marvels, its screenplay was written by three women and its director is the first Black woman to helm a Marvel Studios film. Plus it stars three women in leading roles … the always entertaining Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris and Iman Vellani. Despite all these advancements and achievements, the rest of The Marvels is less than marvelous.

A direct sequel to 2019’s origin story Captain Marvel, The Marvels is also a continuation of the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel. It feels more like the television version rather than a big screen blockbuster, despite being filmed in IMAX. The dialogue, acting, situations and abundance of cute “kitties” makes The Marvels perfect Disney pre teen programming.

Rated PG-13, take your daughters to The Marvels, they’ll love it and may come home with a new appreciation for STEM. MCU fans will find fun with the cameos and hints to future films. As for me, The Marvels story felt like a giant hairball coughed up by Carol’s cat, Goose. My husband, Ricky gives this installment one 👁 open (he lasted about 45 minutes). The Marvels is an intergalactic goulash.

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T. J. Callahan

Texas Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the Marconi Award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT in Houston to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for Houston Radio Platinum and 101 Gold , Southern New Mexico's favorite radio station. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and The Sam Malone Show on KNTH in Houston. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her Friday and Saturdays on houstonradioplatinum.com and on Friday afternoons on the Leslie T. Travis Show on KVLC FM in Las Cruces. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association and the Houston Film Critics Society. She truly believes everything in life is one degree of Blazing Saddles.