Thursday, 4 August 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger

When I was first aware of the hype around Captain America: The First Avenger, I didn't exactly make plans ahead of time to watch it or to get into any of the free screenings. Annndddd..... Chris Evans doesn't do it for me. The only reason I decided to watch it was for the same reason I watch the Dark Knight movies (shrewd move, Nolan) - the big names playing the supporting characters like Stanley Tucci, Tommy Lee Jones and Hugo Weaving. Going in, I only know the gist of the character (if there was a Captain America cartoon in 90s, I might have gotten my knowledge from there, that's probably it).

Steve Rogers is a 90 pound weakling who desperately wants to enlist during the second World War but is rejected multiple times due to his physique and health issues. But he gets recruited to a special scientific research division by Dr Erskine (Stanley Tucci; who fled Germany after his super soldier experiment failed horribly, which resulted in super villain Red Skull and was gunned down after the debut of superbuff Steve) and after some micro-injections and exposure to vita-rays, becomes this superbuff super soldier.

I won't go on about the rest of the movie, but if you've seen the other comic book adaptation movies, then you would know the gist. So I won't bore everyone (including me) about it. 

  • I can't be the only one that wondered how come Erskine didn't have written notes so that the super soldier project could be replicated? I know it's a dangerous time and all, but really...
  • The bit where Captain America was doing his USO stint to sell war bonds? I didn't think it was necessary, but it's also a good time to use the bathroom.
  • Stan Lee cameo! Did anyone else catch it? He also had a line!
  • Hugo Weaving - a mask of his "face" AND the Red Skull mask? That's tough. His German accent died out a little towards the end.
  • Shrimpy Steve was hilarious... and also really disconcerting.
  • Why do they need an Englishwoman to play Peggy Carter again?
  • Someone on Twitter said that the movie is not too "American" - erm, okay then. I thought the title was a bit of a dead giveaway...?
  • Nothing really after the credits except for the line, "Captain America will return in The Avengers", but you should definitely stick around for The Avengers trailer and a scene with Nick Fury which came on before the credits.
  • Tommy Lee Jones is the last person I would expect to provide the comic relief in any movie, let alone this one. But the man is hilarious in his character's gruff manner.

As far as the comic book movies go, this is not too bad. I would say watch it. The Avengers trailer looks interesting, even though I'm not familiar with them as a collective.