The superhero Captain America has never really appealed to me. While I didn’t know all of Captain America’s story coming into this movie, I felt I knew enough to make an opinion. My opinion was one of dislike. It wasn’t the person that Captain America was so much as the powers that were there or the lack thereof. Aside from a shield that blocks basically everything, he’s no more than a big guy that used powerful steroids. He’s not bulletproof, he’s not incredibly agile although faster than most people, and he doesn’t have any powers that really make him any different then a world’s strongest man competitor. He can take hits and dish them out and he has a shield that deflects everything, yet he insists on throwing it at his opponents, forgetting that without it he’s left vulnerable, becoming nothing more than a heavyweight boxer. He also uses guns, which puts him on the same level as the Punisher, arguably the worst superhero ever.
My family saw it when it came out but I couldn’t bring myself to see it. The trailer didn’t look bad, but my pre-movie bias stopped me from going to see it. After seeing the new trailer for the sequel, I thought it would be appropriate to see the first one.
Captain America: The First Avenger does a very good job of giving the audience background information so that those who don’t know the whole story of Captain America such as myself can follow the story.
Action scenes, humor, and character interactions is what the movie is focusing on most of the time. I’ve seen far better action scenes, but they’re still fun to watch. The humor gets some grins and chuckles, but what really makes this movie what it is are the characters. Chris Evans does a great job with his portrayal of Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America. I picture him in the role the whole time and I feel like I’m actually watching the story of the guy, not watching the story of the guy being portrayed in a movie. The character connection is dominant. As someone who was 120 pounds at my high school graduation, I can understand the trials and tribulations that Rogers had to deal with. I was 6’0″, but was 5’3″ through most of junior high, so I knew what it meant to be the little guy, at least for a while. His character is sincere, a genuine person and what he lacks in size he makes up for in character, something that I admired. He doesn’t get arrogant or self-obsessed after his transformation. The love connection between Rogers and Peggy Carter is sincere and I care what happens between the two.
Once again, if you’re new to my blog, I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.
50-59 This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (Road to Perdition, Total Recall, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Along Came Polly, Aliens)
40-49 This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot Games, The Great Gatsby, Pitch Black, Alien)
20-29 What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Sum of All Fears)
0-19 Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight Cowboy, Dark Fury, Alien 3)
My score for Captain America: The First Avenger: 76.
It’s not a must-buy by any means, but Captain America: The First Avenger is definitely worth giving a shot. The screenwriting is well-done for the most part and most of the characters are top-notch, which makes up for the slightly disappointing action scenes.
*SPOILER ALERT* IF YOU DON’T WANT THE MOVIE SPOILED, STOP READING!!!
The action scenes are slightly disappointing but I think that’s more because of who the superhero is. Captain America is just not a high-grade superhero. He’s an underdog, someone you want to rally behind, but if there was such a thing as a “superhero draft”, Captain America wouldn’t be in the top 15.
Captain America crashes the plane to prevent the weapons from exploding and ends up freezing himself. He wakes up 70 years later and realizes that everyone he knew and loved is dead, including Peggy Carter, who he was supposed to have a date with in a week. It was very sad and I felt bad for Rogers, because it’s like starting life all over again, except you remember what it used to be before.