Captain Marvel ★★★★

It's GREEN LANTERN done right. It's WONDER WOMAN at an angle. It... stands up on its own beyond these simple comparisons. Where I worried about overt 90's references, I was surprised and delighted by the weaponization of era-related cultural aspects to express Carol Danvers regaining her strength and independence. She goes from mystery to full-blown Infinity Stone embodiment over the course of self-discovery. Perhaps too fluffy for some, perhaps too girl-power for man-babies, but I was left heightened, cheering around her victory - not of blowing up spaceships, but of finding confident individuality without beating us all up about it.

Fun. It's just plain fun.