Jenn and I went out on Wednesday night and saw Captain America, or as it’s properly known Captain America: The First Avenger. What to say about this movie? In short, it rocks! A great, fun, summer blockbuster.
Captain America is the bastard love child of Indiana Jones and Iron Man, who was then adopted by The Rocketeer. This is a very good thing. We have the heart and patriotism that we always associate with the 1940’s World War II era, with a healthy dose of Marvel goodness.
Some might complain that this is just merely an ad for The Avengers movie coming next summer. If this is true, then we need more ads like this. Of course, I’m not sure how including Avengers material into the recent string of Marvel movies is a bad thing. This is what all the fanboys (myself included) want. If we got Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America movies with no mention of there ultimate fates coming together in The Avengers, it would be a shame.
It’s this aspect that has been lacking from comic book movies for such a long time. In most comics from Marvel and DC, all these heroes live in the same world, a lot of the time, it’s even the same city. They frequently show up in stories of other characters, either as small mentions or part of larger story arcs. This is simply the latest part of Marvel creating there own unique film continuity and universe.
But, the Avengers isn’t until next year (and I didn’t see Thor yet) we are here to talk about Captain America. Chris Evans is simply ideal casting of Steve Rogers. He is believable as the tiny Steve in the beginning, with only a slight awkwardness in the effects, all in all it’s a solid effect and you can easily forget what the real Chris Evans looks like and get lost in the story.
On the flip side, Hugo Weaving is the slimy Nazi antithesis of Captain America. They have both been modified into what they are in the film. However Rogers’s heart and humility is what seperates him from Red Skull’s lust for power and loss of humanity.
Since I’m a huge Star Wars fan, I saw some of the classic Hero’s Journey in the film. Of course director Joe Johnston has a history with that galaxy far, far away as well. Steve Rogers is the ultimate underdog who discovers that he has the opportunity to become The Hero. Tommy Lee Jones is his drill sergeant Obi-Wan, training him in what it takes to be a soldier. Which of course makes Red Skull the Darth Vader of the story, and I saw a very similar homage (maybe it was intentional, maybe it wasn’t, I want to think it was) to a classic scene from Empire Strikes Back, where we got a peak under the helmet of Darth Vader.
I could go on continuing to gush on the movie, scene by scene, but I’ve rambled on long enough. Simply put, the movie is a solid hit in a summer of questionable blockbusters.
Of course, you will be humming this movie as you leave the film (after you made sure to stay after the credits) – NSFW lyrics