Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals.
Fun and action packed! But a failed attempt at redemption… it’s just like the comic-to-film fail Captain America (1990). Big expectations, weak delivery.
Modern cinema technology has resurrected Cap and added some badassness to his persona. Trouble is… It’s Captain America. One of my least favorite “i don’t use weapons i use a shield” comic book heroes. I found his aura (in general- comic, cartoon and movies) bossy, arrogant and just a plain old boring straight edge hero.
Chris Evans was perfect as the captain. No complaints here, he’s been amusing me ever since. There was a woman somewhere in this flick… obviously forgettable. Bucky was weak and the rest of the grunts/soldiers were typical.
Tommy Lee Jones!!! fuckin’ win man! AND That badass motherfucker Samuel L. Jackson returns as the “black” Nick Fury (i grew up to a white version- don’t mean to be racist). *You gotta see these two go head to head in The Sunset Limited (2011). 2 men, 1 apartment = brilliant.
The good parts. The props, costumes and sets really did it for me. Amazing, it made me feel the film. I like that sorta grungy old-school look. The story developed well as it progressed. Viewers have to be reminded “The First Avenger” - this basically sets up the *fingers crossed* amazing coming moment in comic history! The story of Cap is crap, it’s The Avengers (2012) i like.
And now… the painful parts. Hugo Weaving, what the hell did you do to my Red Skull?!? Was he even in the movie?!? I must say the “battle” was weak and old. And the effects did not help at all. Damn Hollywood for messing, the best part of the story, up. Red Skull was a bitch.
There are more plus then minuses here. I expected way to much. It was fun, exciting and an adventure to remember. But it didn’t “wow” me, it’s good but not that good. I liked it but didn’t love it.
Would i watch it again? yes. Would i recommend seeing it (at least once)? yes. Would i say it’s the greatest comic book movie? no.
A “win” for comicbookdom, but not cinema.