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Captain America: The First Avenger is, of course, the superhero movie based on Cap himself. Chris Evans plays the title role of Steve Rogers, a normal kid from Brooklyn who desperately wants to enlist in the Army, but is too frail and sickly to do it. He meets Dr. Erksine, who offers him a chance to be a super-soldier, and winds up doing USO shows after the process can't be replicated (because the Germans kill Erksine). Along the way, of course, he shows that his super-soldier skills can, in fact, pay the bills, and leads the Howling Commandos to victory over Hydrah (getting frozen in the process, so he can wake up in modern-day New York and be in the Avengers movie).

I really, really like this movie, for a couple of reasons. For one, the acting is spot-on from everyone. Hugo Weaving is appropriately nuts as the Red Skull, Tommy Lee Jones underplays his role just enough to be memorable as Colonel Phillips, Cap's army commander. Sebastian Stan manages to take the sidekick role of Bucky and make it into a real friendship - he starts as Rogers' protector and comrade, and winds up dying beside him. Hayley Atwell works as Peggy Carter, though I think, as usual, the romance angle wasn't strictly necessary.

Now, that said, it's hardly a driving force in the movie. Notice Agent Carter is never in real danger, doesn't get kidnapped, and shoots a dude in the back of the head at 50 yards (badass!). Cap's motivation starts and remains love for his country and a profound sense of what's right. And I really, really hope that Joss Whedon shows us some of the dissonance that Cap in the modern era has to be feeling, as America has gone from a country that willingly makes sacrifices to a country that is too complacent to care that their leaders are slowly killing them.

The movie as a period piece is incredible. It feels like a WWII movie with superhero elements. I also like that Cap is focused on Hyrdah and not on Hitler - he doesn't pop in and end the war, he just pops in to avoid the whole world going up in magical flame.

All in all, I think this might be my favorite of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

My Grade: A
Rewatch Value: Medium-high

Next up: A Christmas Carol

Date: 2011-12-17 11:05 pm (UTC)
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One thing that really works in Hugo Weaving's favor (and the audience's as well, really) in this movie is that he's one of those rare few talented actors who doesn't seem to mind having his face rendered unrecognizable by costuming or makeup. He's good at hamming it up juuuuuust enough with a mask on, where a lot of actors would balk at having their faces covered by extensive prosthetics.

Date: 2011-12-18 01:45 am (UTC)
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Skye is currently deeply in love with the whole idea of Captain America. Would it hold the interest of kids?


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