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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Movie Review For Captain America:The First Avenger

Premise:A supersoldier fights against Nazis, particularly one with superpowers and an ancient artifact.

Cast:Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Sebastian Shane as James "Bucky" Barnes, Hugo Weaving as Johan Schmidt/Red Skull, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillips, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Stanley Tucci as Dr. Abraham Erskine, Toby Jones as Dr. Arnim Zola

Director:Joe Johnston

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action

Genres:Action, war, sci-fi

Notes:Images taken from IMP Awards and Rotten Tomatoes and belong to Marvel.

Pros:The special effects. A cheesy-evil bad guy. Good acting.

Cons:Minor characters don't get much background. The ending practically begs you to watch the next movie.

Steve Rogers is not one to give up. No matter how many times his friend tells him he's not cut out to be a soldier or how many rejections he gets, he keeps trying to enlist. Hmm, a patriotic guy with a strong sense of morality. Might make a great supersoldier.

Contrasting Tony Stark's rich playboy act, Bruce Banner's dark side, and Thor's status as a warrior prince, Steve Rogers is a more old-fashioned hero. He's patriotic and brave (if a little reckless), in spite of his small size. Chris Evans does a better job playing him than you might expect.

The villain is about as cheesy evil as they come. He's a Nazi with super strength, plans to dominate the world, etc. Hugo Weaving is excellent as Red Skull.

The special effects are done pretty well. They digitally made Chris Evans a skinny little guy for the first part of the movie. It works rather well. And the effects on Red Skull are great.

One problem is the lack of backstory on characters besides the hero and villain. We know almost nothing about them from this film. They probably get plenty in the comics, but that is no excuse. The acting is not bad, though. Getting Tommy Lee Jones in it is a bonus.

The ending is a bit unsatisfying. It's fine if you plan to watch the next movie, but ending it the way they did requires you to do that to really resolve it.

Overall, not a bad at all. If you like superheroes, think about this one.

Sex:Men appear shirtless. Women show cleavage and wear (by modern standards) relatively short skirts. Stark kisses one of his showgirls. A woman kisses Steve just as Peggy walks in. While she's mad at him, it doesn't stop them from kissing later. Steve then turns to Phillips, who quips, "I'm not kissing you." When a man invites Peggy to share a late night fondue with him, Steve assumes it's a sexual invitation. Later, it's explained to him that fondue is a food.
A man moons Cap (offscreen). A soldier yells at one of Captain America's tour locations to bring back the girls. A man comes on to a woman, which inspires her to punch him. A man remarks he switched from German to French because the girls were cuter. A woman turns heads as she walks through a bar, including Bucky's. He hits on her, but gets turned down. A couple of guys call Cap a girl.

Violence:There are explosions, of course. Red Skull shoots an innocent man and an underling who has failed him, destroys a small town, disintegrates his enemies with specially-designed weapons, and plans to bomb various cities. Heroes and villains alike kill enemy soldiers.
Steve gets beat up in an alley before his buddy saves him. Peggy tests a shield by grabbing a gun and shooting at Steve. Guys with flamethrowers trap a man. A plane crashes. A man falls into a propeller and dies, spraying blood. People are shot, punched, disintegrated, and whacked with Cap's shield. A man is killed with a throwing knife. Another is crushed. A woman is nearly run over with a car. A man takes a young boy hostage and throws him into the water.
When the hero and villain first meet, Schmidt shows his strength by punching a dent in Cap's shield.A car crashes and flips several times with a man inside. A spy ingests a cyanide pill and dies, foaming at the mouth. He isn't the only one who has done this.

Language:"G*d", "J*sus", "h*ll", "a**", "b**ch", "d**n", and "bloody".

Drugs/Alcohol:Both hero and villain get their abilities from a super serum. Spies commit suicide using cyanide pills. Erskine offers Steve some schnapps before remembering Steve can't have fluids because of the procedure. Steve says they'll wait. Erskine takes the bottle and says he doesn't have a procedure in the morning. Later, when asked if he left any for Steve, he says "Not as much as I should have."
Cap's new buddies drink a lot, prompting the bartender to wonder where they're putting it all. They promise to help Cap out if he opens a tab. After a friend dies, Steve sadly remarks he can't get drunk because of the serum. Red Skull drinks champagne as he addresses his followers. Men drink to a deceased comrade.

Spiritual:The object of the villain's obsession is a cube that belonged to Odin. Yes, that Odin, but it is established in other films that he and other Norse gods are not actually gods. Hitler and Schmidt are said to share a passion for occult power and myth.
HYDRA, the organization our villain runs, is described as being like a cult. Those in it are said to worship Schmidt. A man tells a villain he will burn; he responds he already has. A man mockingly asks if the Red Skull plans to win the war through magic. He corrects, "Science. But I understand your confusion. Great power has always baffled primitive men." The American supersoldier is described as being the one who will personally escort Hitler to the gates of Hell. Enemies move "like the devil."

So what did you think?

For more about Captain America, go here.

© 2014 by M.R.R.

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