It’s a good movie. Granted, the way the main villain was vanquished seems relatively simple in light of everything that happens. As such, he was more like a villain-of-the-week kind of guy — not that I’m complaining since this is suppose to be a lead-up to The Avengers movie coming out next year.
So what can you expect out of Captain America: The First Avenger? Well, for one thing, you should brace yourself for a lot of American pride coming your way, which can be overbearing if not done properly. It works well for the film though since it does take place during WWII. The CG isn’t quite at par sometimes; you can they’ve used a green screen for some of the scenes, but the humour makes for it. There’s quite a few good laughs, especially from Tommy Lee Jones (he has some of the best lines in here), coupled with some pretty outrageous, yet ridiculously funny action sequences (not quite as extreme as Die Hard, but enough to warrant plenty of whoops and cheers when the credits roll up). There’s plenty of consistencies and references to Iron Man and Thor, which I love. Props for the cool (non-stereotypical) Asian guy and language-savy Black guy. Lastly, of course, Samuel L. Jackson‘s pretty bad-ass and Stan Lee‘s adorable as usual in their brief cameo.
It’s interesting but the more of these Marvel movies I watch, the harder it is for me to decide which of the heroes I like best. Although Captain America does come across as one of the most simple-minded of the group, it’s his selflessness and his attitude towards heroism and fame that I love. He shrugs it off with awkward, yet confused “Thanks but I don’t understand why you’re making such a big deal about this. I just did what I had to do under the circumstances. Anyone would have done the same thing” type of mindset. And his reaction at the end of the movie — omgosh, such a sweet-heart!
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In contrast to the other Marvel movies, this one doesn’t have any special clips at the end of the credits — a lot of people (almost half) actually walked out when it started rolling up and walked back in halfway through (so the theaters was 3/4 full), but there really is nothing at the end except for a brief line that says “Captain America will be in The Avengers” or something of the like. So disappointing…
Anyways, I can’t wait for The Avengers!! Joss Whedon is directing it!!!
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