Comics Eye: My Review of the Captain America Movie
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Well yesterday afternoon, I finally went to see the movie Captain America and I'm glad that I got the chance to see this movie in a theater rather than at home on my big screen, because I still think that I would have missed some of the effect that a movie like this delivers when seen in a theater. And it was in 3-D which I'll also talk about in this article.
Before I go any further, if you have not seen the Cap movie yet then I should warn you that spoilers are ahead...okay that's my warning.
The movie was a bit over two hours in length and opens with the now famous scene of a frozen Captain America being found in the arctic, and then the real story unfolds. A story that every red blooded, comic book reading American is certainly familiar with.
Cap (played by the former FF Human Torch Chris Evans) is actually a 4-f skinny kid named Steve Rogers who has desperately been trying to get accepted into the us army so that he can serve his country in defense against the ever growing Nazi threat in World War Two.
Steve's friend Sargent Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), is getting ready to do another tour of duty, and after saving Steve from another beating by a bully spends one last evening with him before he ships out to combat action again.
Steve dosn't know it but his desperate attempt to get into the armed forces have not gone unnoticed, as a certain Dr. Abraham Erskine played by actor Stanley Tucci offers Rogers the opportunity to serve his country in an unconventional experiment. An experiment that concerns a certain "serum" that can turn Steve from a scrawny 4-f into a 200 plus pound soldier. Oh, did I mention that it also gave him a height adjustment as well?
Anyway we come to find out that Rogers is not ther only recipient of this serum. Nazi Johann Schmidt played by Hugo Weaving of "The Matrix" and "Lord of the Rings" fame also got a dose of this serum...the problem is this particular formula was not perfected yet, and the good doctor was forced to inject it into Schmidt, and the results were a bit different as this serum changed Johann Schmidt into the sinister Red Skull.
And the Skull had a totally different agenda from that of Hitler, and so he broke ranks and created Hydra, and fairly quickly we see black leather garbed Hydra soldiers all over the place.
The film uses about 40 minutes of celluloid to set up Rogers background and subsequent origin as he becomes the good captain, and then throughout the rest of the film it's pretty much all out action. We see things such as the "Cosmic Cube" although in the movie it's referred to as something much less dramatic, we also see the obligatory cameo of a certain Marvel giant namely Stan Lee, and of course if you are game to stick around through the end credits, you get a glimpse of next summer's Avengers film...which I can safely say you could skip.
About the 3-D aspect of the movie, and if it added anything really exciting to the overall presentation of the film? I'ds have to be honest and say no that it did not. While it's great to be able to see movies in actual 3-D, what I noticed was that (at least with the glasses I was wearing) that it darkened the colors, and were just an extra set of glasses for me to have to suffer with. This movie would have fared just as well if I'd seen it in 2- D, and I would have paid $3 dollars less to enjoy it.
Of all the comic movies I've seen this summer (and this is only the second unfortunately) Captain America: The First Avenger, far out shown DC comic's Green Lantern summer romp.
So, I give this film a four star rating (what, I can rate a movie if I want to!) and I say get ready for next Summer's big screen Avengers film....and on another note...to DC comics, shame on you folks for letting Marvel get the jump on you. Where is the Justice League movie guys!
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