Captain America Review (Movie)
I have never really been interested in Captain America. He has always seemed a bit too patriotic and a bit too mans man for me. But he is an Avenger and I really wanted to watch his origin story before watching the Avengers Movie (which comes out really soon, May 4th!).
I sat down to watch this with very few expectations and found myself enthralled by the beginning of the movie. Steve Rogers, a small and frail man, finds his passion to join the armed forced and fight in WWII thwarted by physical handicaps. But he doesn’t give up, he continues, until recruited by a special unit, which is hoping to create a super soldier to fight the Nazis.
Though Mr. Rogers is physically not the soundest bet, he is ultimately chosen because he is already a hero at heart. Which is what makes the beginning of the movie so compelling, seeing his passion and struggle ultimately rewarded with success. A true underdog story. (I won’t go into the sad assumption that success can only be reached via physical perfection. Clearly Captain America was written before the rise of the nerd.)
But once he is Captain America, the movie changes. It has a brief cabaret interlude (very odd!) and then firmly settles into generic action movie.
I have no problem with action movies, they are plenty fun, but the beginning of this movie set a standard. I was expecting the character development thread to continue through out, but it doesn’t.
What it does is a disservice to Steve Rogers, his passions and his struggles. The man he was before the procedure is buried amidst a mass of muscle and changed beyond recognition. And though Captain America is victorious in the end, it doesn’t feel like a heroic journey. They used up every bit of heroism in the first thirty minutes.
Release date: July 19 2011
Length: 124 minutes
Media viewed: DVD