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Spotlight on the Stars: Brie Larson

Today, we’re returning to the Spotlight on the Stars series. As a bonus, it ties in to the release this week of Captain Marvel, which we’ll be posting a few different articles in relation to. First up, however, is a look at the star of that blockbuster. We’re talking about none other than Brie Larson, one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars. The actress has become a force in the industry and a true A-lister, making this sort of tribute completely apt. Check back in a few hours for a Captain Marvel review, but for now, let us dive in and put the spotlight this morning on Larson and her career…

Larson got her start on the Disney Channel with their original movie Right on Track. Then came a handful of small indies and teen centric titles. For some, her first sighting probably came with a role on The United States of Tara. That led to more visible work in things like Greenberg, Rampart, and Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Then came 21 Jump Street, Don Jon, and The Spectacular Now. Each marked parts that weren’t large but undoubtedly had her trademark charisma and screen presence. By that point, she was stealing scenes in supporting roles, with a real head turning role about to come.

The breakthrough for the actress came when she got the lead in Short Term 12. A grassroots campaign to get her Academy Award consideration was launched, though that was something she wouldn’t have to wait long for. While she turned heads in higher profile supporting turns, notably in Digging For Fire, The Gambler, and Trainwreck, Oscar came calling for her with Room. That staggering turn won her just about every Best Actress prize out there and shooting her star into the stratosphere. Since then, she’s been seen in the likes of Free Fire, The Glass Castle, and Kong: Skull Island, though her newest role is what is solidifying her at the forefront of the A-list.

This week, she headlines Captain Marvel. The plot for the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe outing is as follows: “Set in 1995, Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, as she turns into one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes and joins Starforce, an elite Kree military team, before returning home with questions about her past and identity when Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds.” Larson plays Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, under the direction of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The official review embargo lifts shortly, so check back for my full take. As a teas though, this is what I put on Social Media after the screening last night: “Captain Marvel is one of the MCU’s most unique outings, and not just because it ties Kevin Smith movies into the universe. Brie Larson is positively inspirational. It’s funny, weird, and exciting, but most of all, it has an important message, to boot. Loved it.”

Overall, Larson is a star, plain and simple. Her Marvel turn hammers this home, but she was already entering the A-list before that. Where she goes next? Well, that’s anyone’s guess, but it’s a safe bet that she’s got the power to do as she pleases. Certainly, her push for diversity and inclusivity, be it on the screen or behind the scenes on productions, she’s using her stature for good. Be sure to watch her own the screen in Captain Marvel (and check back for my review in a matter of hours), opening in just a few short days. A star is about to get even bigger and brighter…

Larson can bee seen this weekend in Captain Marvel!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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