Captain America: The First Avenger Review
“America! F*@#% YEAH!”
October 30th, 2011
Wow i must say its been awhile movie web, my absence has made me as some would say a "man out of time" (comic refrence) (psst there will be alot of those fair warning dear reader) Unfortunatly readers both young and old Blaze is back with a vengence (or rather a "Spirit" of vengence... told ya) so strap in hide the Cheezits and read on at your own risk.
Due to the fact that ive been both a fan and reader of ol Buckaneer boots for over twenty years i will spit this movie into to parts as a movie fan and comic fan.
Captain America is everything a summer blockbuster should be. A likable underdog hero,Witty yet forgettable dialogue, And great eye candy in the way of big explosions,big action, and in the case of Hayley Atwell... big..... Acting chops taking on her first lead female role.
All the set pieces are here and in great form as we get not one but two Hollywood legends in the form of Huggo Weaving and the almost flawless Tommy Lee jones (We havent forgotton "Man of the house" just yet Tommy)
Chris Evans hero portrayal of a young enthusiastic Shrimp (who looks like he could be the third Olsen twin, Or would that be triplet?) Is the real draw here as mr. Evans has come a long way from his role of a jock with Whip cream nipples("Not another teen movie")
Overall the Movie is enjoyable and moves at a decent pace unlike some other "Superhero" movies to release the same year 'Cough'... Green Lantern' ...Cough or zzzzzz... First class... zzzzz.
Anyone looking for a fun action adventure should def check this or Cap's brother in arms in the form of the equaly good Thor film.
COMIC FAN REVIEW:
Let me start by sharing if i may what made me love Captain America as a character (dont worry you still have time to watch family guy reruns on tivo)
It was a Captain America comic book from the early 90's. No big double issue or hollowgraphic cover as i remember during that time period but in it Cap is alone in a Stadium boxing ring litterally surrounded by hundreds of Supervillians from all walks of life including Rino,Stiltman, Shocker, Barbella, as well as dozen others closing in on him, Cap being the hero that he is, Engages them with no hesitation and in full force, causing some of the first attackers to back off and "let someone else" go first. While swarms of Super powered villians close in and try to overwelm him the writer takes us into Caps thought procces during the fight. "I hope Diamond and Falcon are alright" were the only words that are said in Caps little thought bubble. As it turns out Caps only concern is not for himself, But for his friends during the overwelming melee. In that moment I instantly became i die hard fan. That Self sacrifice and Fearless thought procces is was makes Cap the hero that HERO'S look up to and is somthing that Joe Johnston captures in this fim beautifully.
Like most of you i had my douts about this movie, between the comments made from the director saying that it isint a superhero movie to the fact that they did not cast the role to my number one pick Sam Worthington not to mention the first three Captain America movies from the 70's and 90's were not very succesful. ("America" had'ent been this ashamed since making New Jersey part of the country)
Fortunatly with the help of Chris Evens breakthru performance which is both commanding and believable putting him a close third as the best actor to playing a comic hero (Hugh Jackman being first, Ron Pearlman second in my humble opinion)
Fans of the comic will be pleasently suprised at all the little references to the monthly book such as Zola' "Mirror" first appearence as well as the Bucky holding Caps shield refrence to "Bucky Cap", seriosly theres more fan service here then a ten doller hooker at a L.A Comic convention.
While a polar opposite to the now Untouchable Dark knight this movie will have fans of all ages squeling like a school girl with every Shield toss. Aside from Iron man this is the definive Marvel movie so make it yours as ive made it mine.
The Good: Everything.
The Bad: This movies predecessors.
The Ugly: The solo film of my other favorite comic book hero Wolverine, Seriosly that movie makes Jersey shore look like the Godfather. Although in Godfather there was only ONE Horse face in it. OHHHH!! and on that note im out of here! (children applause)