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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Captain America: Proof that guys too enjoy a makeover movie.

Maybe it’s because all this TV and internet has shot this blogger’s attention span to hell, but the first 1.5 hours of Captain America were really, really boring. Sure, the visuals were good, the cast was alright, and there were spurts of action, but there was nothing going on either mentally or emotionally. It took too long for the guy to become Captain America especially since the audience KNEW that he was going to become Captain America (and how it was going to happen).

We appreciate that this classic hero didn’t get anti-heroed up because of modern trends (like Arthur in the recent stupid Camelot series), and we liked the bravery and good messages and all that, but couldn’t there have been some sort of human conflict beyond good vs. Nazis? Captain America is a likeable guy and his humility is going to be a nice contrast to the attitudes of Tony Stark and Thor in the Avengers movie. There should be some good jokes there.

But if the hero is just going to be a straight good guy, you need to show how wonderful and rare that really is by amping up the evil. That meant that Hugo Weaving's baddie needed to be a lot scarier and more appalling than he actually was. He needed to be so horrifying and hated that when it came time for our hero to kick the crap out of him, the whole movie theater applauded and cheered. Instead, he was boring. He had a red skull. Big flippin' deal. His death was obligatory, not satisfying.

The action was pretty great, especially near the end. That’s when the movie became the shameless fun we wanted it to be during the first half. So if you are thinking of walking out, stick with it, because it wouldn’t be good to sit through the dull bits and miss the climactic battles.

There’s been a lot of joking about the actors’ various German accents, and it’s totally deserved. Hugo Weaving and Stanely Tucci were both playing characters from Germany and their accents were completely different, which means one of them was totally off. Maybe both. We aren’t experts in that accent, so we aren’t sure which. And why does Captain America have to wear a mask when his identity is NOT A SECRET?

This movie was sort of a prequel to the upcoming Avengers movie, which had better be good. Stay until after the credits, because there is something there to see, and after you’ve sat through all two hours of the actual movie, the credits should be easy to bear. The superhero movie of the summer is still X-Men First Class, followed by Thor. This is better than The Green Lantern though. And we were digging the retro vibe.

SPOILER ALERT in the comments, as we will be making a comment on the ending.

Movie Grade: B-


  1. End: We were actually touched by Captain America’s sacrifice at the end. It reminded us of those brave folks on United 93. It didn't come across as insensitive either. Just very American.

  2. You sound disappointed about the movie.. I really want to watch it but it's opening until tomorrow in Mexico so I have to wait one more day, I hope that I really like it.

    One question off topic... Where are the True Blood reviews? U.U

  3. The trailer just looked really awesome! Then it came out so...normal. Just like any other movie. It seemed like a really long advertisement for the Avengers movie. But we hope you like it! We didn't DISlike it.

    We've been slacking on the True Blood reviews, but we are caught up and still watching. Now that we know someone is missing them, we'll step it up.

  4. Thanks a lot! Yeah I really miss them because this season is getting so much better than the last "watch-if-you-want-to-sleep" third season.

    And yes I think that I like it, I was of the little ones who likes Daredevil, and Super 8 it's also opening soon here, and after your review I really want to watch it! Even if there's an "F" word in an awkward moment.

  5. One of us saw Super 8 for a second time and liked it more than the first time. If you go in with decent expectations, it's alright. Stay for the credits on this one too.

    We didn't like Daredevil. But we are very picky with movies because we've seen a LOT of them. Thousands and thousands each. A good rule of thumb if you aren't as picky: "If we say we didn't like it and you are still interested, ignore us. If we loved it, rush to see it, because it's cream of the crop."

    We usually don't give movies low grades, because if it doesn't look good, we will avoid going to see it in the first place. Life is too short to watch average or bad movies. But sometimes a bad one slips through and we accidentally watch it, not knowing it's going to be bad (like when Ern watched Eat Pray Love). haha.