Thursday, July 28, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger

This is another movie I was going to go to the midnight showing of but this time it happened during my last night at my parents’ house and I hung out with my mom instead. Aren’t I special?

I liked nearly everything about Captain America. And I liked the movie too. Thank you! I’ll be here all night! The main thing I didn’t like was the ending. Am I going to tell you why? Nope. Because some of you may not have seen it yet. Besides the ending there are only two things that I didn’t really care for and I’ll talk about them throughout the post.

This seems to be the year of the superhero and I am loving every minute of it! We had X-Men (not great but still…), Thor (sigh), Green Lantern (big sigh), The Green Hornet (meh!) and now Captain America. If I missed one someone shout it out. Oh wait! Transformers! How could I forget them? Bumblebee…I heart you!

Chris Evans played the part of Steve Rogers/Captain America. He did a great job but I question whether or not he should have gotten the role. This is gripe number one. I feel that a petition should go around stating that no actor should get to play more than one super character. If you can’t recall what other character he plays go watch one of the Fantastic Four movies. Same goes for Ryan Reynolds. I’m sorry dude but you played a super villain in the Wolverine movie. It’s one or the other, man. If I had to choose it would definitely be Green Lantern. Who’s with me? But back to Chris. He either totally beefed up to play the part of Capt. A or someone did some major touch-ups after filming. He is a hugantic stud muffin! And he’s got that whole pouty lip thing going on. The action may draw in the boys for this movie but Chris alone will bring in the women. And if the choice regarding which role he’d play relied solely on me? Fantastic Four would be looking for a new Johnny Storm/Human Torch.

Hayley Atwell plays the female lead, Peggy Carter. I didn’t think I’d seen her in any other movies so I went to, yup, you guess it…IMDB to see what I could find out. I have seen her in something else. The Duchess. I will never ever ever never watch that movie again. The ending made me so mad I could spit. What is the point of a film that leaves you agitated? I protest! But! Hayley does a great job as Peggy. Talk about girl power. Soon after we meet her she knocks a guy on his tuckus! Trust me. He deserved it. And when she thinks she’s been wronged, the person doing the wronging knows it. But she’s a softie too. And super loyal. And a champion for the underdog. And… I want her to have this same personality in other movies.

The villain, Johann Schmidt/Red Skull, was played by Hugo Weaving. I.LOVE.HUGO.WEAVING! Here goes my second gripe. He is NOT in this movie enough. He’s almost an after-thought. They were going along showing how wonderful Chris is when someone suddenly remembered, “Huh! Isn’t there supposed to be a bad guy in here somewhere?” Usually I don’t like my favorite actors to play bad guys but he does it so good. I can’t see him without thinking, “Mr. Anderson.” Name that movie. He really really really needs to be in a romantic comedy. And no, Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert, does not count.

To wrap up the discussion of the actors, we just have to talk about another one of my favorites. Tommy Lee Jones. I don’t know what it is about him… Whatever it is, I like it. Judging by this post and the previous one for Harry Potter, I seem to have a thing for older men. But don’t worry Vin, Dwayne, Jason, Josh, Ryan and Chris. I still love you too. Tommy plays the part of Colonel Chester Phillips. He’s supposed to come across as impatient, uncaring and overbearing but we know the truth. He’s really a big ol’ teddy bear. I would say that he needs to be in more movies but Hollywood already loves him. He’ll be there.

I’ve heard some people complain that this should have been set in modern times. It’s set in 1942. To those people I say, “No!” He wouldn’t have had the same affect in the present. And I was going to quote the synopsis from IMDB but it gives away the entire movie. If you want to know…go there. I love the costumes for this. And the backgrounds. And the cars. And the “technology”. And Chris Evans. I’m just sayin’.

Now for the breakdown:

Cussing: Yes. It’s a war movie for goodness’ sake. That and the movie makers don’t seem to care that this is yet another super hero movie which is going to draw in what?... CHILDREN!

Sex/Nudity: No sex. We got to see a bunch of shirtless men and in one scene Captain America gets mooned by one of the soldiers. That’s it.

Drinking/Drugs: Quite a bit of alcohol but no drugs.

Violence: Yup. It’s not super bloody but I did have a bit of a problem with people being completely disintegrated. And I actually sorta like that that still bothers me. Oh! A man gets thrown through the propeller of a plane. Fortunately, you don’t see parts when this happens. Unfortunately, you will see blood spray.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: Red Skull is kinda creepy when we first see what he really is. I am, once again, not going to rant about kids becoming numb to things like this. Or maybe I will a little.

Since I know that kids are going to watch this anyway, I would recommend this for anyone. Mom would have to cover her eyes during a couple scenes but I think she would like the rest of it. Dad and PT definitely need to go see this one together.

P.S. Stay through the credits. Yes, all of them.

P.P.S. I found out recently that some of the people I went to MHS with actually read my blog. And I didn’t force them to. But that’s beside the point. If any of you have children and would like to say a word or two about how these movies affect your kids I would love to hear it. As a non-parent, I have no idea what may be discussed before or after to ease any fears.

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