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You might recognize the summary line as part of the theme song Hulk
Hogan had (Real American). It does fit with the movie too, of course.
Our main character is someone who is taking a stand and does not want
to hide. Even against all odds (and if you haven't seen the trailer or
read the comic books, you'll be surprised by them!) he still is
motivated like nobody else.
Of course some might have trouble finding his inspirations. But that is not that point. It's also not good trying to figure out if technology that is shown in the movie actually existed back then. First of all, this would have been secret anyways and nobody would have known about those things and secondly: It's a movie. If you think what is shown in here is history (though it might take a few historic elements into the storyline) then you are sadly mistaken or too young to understand. If the latter ask an adult or better yet: Read a book/watch a documentary.
The fact that the movie is a period piece might also be one of its downfalls (boxoffice wise that is). That and the fact that people seem to have seen enough comic book movies contribute to the fact, that this hasn't been received so well. Other than that, this is in no way inferior to other comic book movies that made more or less money than this.
I liked it a lot and although you don't get a real tag-scene at the end (something we have grown accustomed to with Marvels heroes), some did get very excited by what followed after the end credits rolled: A glimpse at the Avengers movie.
Is there more to say? The sheer joy that this movie provides makes you
happy to love movies. You feel blessed. And you want to thank Joe
Johnson, or some god of the arts, for bringing this film, these
characters to life. You fall back into a state close to childhood, when
every new picture you saw was the best there is. You spend two hours
smiling. Just smiling...
2011 was a great year for action/adventure and Captain America The First Avengers is right at the top of that impressive list. MARVEL is definitely on a roll what with the record breaking success of Iron Man as well as Thor hitting big this year. Let's not forget how good X-Men First Class turned out and that Spider-Man is getting a facelift and will tear it up next year. Speaking of next year, let's not forget all this greatness has been leading up to THE AVENGERS!!!!
This movie was excellent and entertaining and deserves all the praise it has gotten. Superb in many ways.
I never had any relationship to the Captain America comics, i always
found the all-American hero to be a bit too much for me. Based on this,
i did not have high expectations for this movie. I was proved wrong.
From the first scene to the last i was glued to the screen. Chris Evans
portrays the All-American kid from Brooklyn Steve Rogers perfectly.
Through this movie my joy for Captain America was highly raised. Over the last years there has been many movies based off of Marvels comic book superheroes, this is by far my favorite, it gave life to probably the most heroic of all the superheroes. The antagonist is also portrayed rather well. The only thing i did not like about the movie is the ending. I feel like it was a bit pushed so that it would fit with The Avengers in 2012, but that was it.
To give this movie an eight is based on the fact that this movie did justice to the comic book character and showed him as a freedom fighter, someone who will do anything to keep people safe, instead on showing him off with his red, white and blue colors. If you like superheroes, you really should watch this one.
what do you call a superhero in a world of superheroes? Answer...normal. Green Lantern was totally ruined by making the first and the last movie in one go, same with Thor. Why can't we have a superhero who lives in the real world, dealing with real world problems. We didn't need Red Skull in this movie until at least movie two. A whole world war with both side racing to make atomic bombs was enough for movie one. These super hero movies are too much too quick. Slow down Hollywood. Anyway, Captain America is BY FAR the best of the recent superhero movies. Steve Rogers has much in common with Peter Parker. People you can genuinely like and care about. A great standard of film making throughout. No SFX overkill (Green Lantern) and the wonderful, irreplaceable Tommy Lee Jones. Definitely one for my collection!
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It is obvious that Captain America is an enormously popular flick, and
although there will always be people who find some fault in one aspect
or another, just looking at the numbers makes it clear that this movie
strikes a chord in the hearts of a good majority of Americans. Many
people have already given their opinions on the movie itself whether
or not it follows the original storyline well enough, or whether or not
the characters were believable enough and I have nothing novel to say
on that point. However, I do want to point out some of the themes that
struck me within the movie because I firmly believe that Captain
America's popularity springs from something deeper within it. We've
seen Hollywood spit out one action flick after another, but not all of
them have the same appreciation, so what's the deal with this one?
Captain America's action scenes are cool but they're really not any
more stunning than the next movie, it has comedic elements without
being overly funny, and there is very little in the way of sexual
material to grab the audience's attention. No, I think the reason for
Captain America's popularity lies in its themes of character and
In Steve Rogers we find a scrawny little guy with one goal in life: to serve his country with honor. We see in the opening scenes how Rogers possesses an irrepressible inner drive to be a part of the war, but it is not for himself, his desire is completely selfless. "Men are laying down their lives," he tells his friend, Buckey, "how can I do any less?" The plot makes it crystal clear that Rogers is chosen for the super- soldier program for what is inside him his character and the success he experiences throughout the movie are accomplished because of his selfless determination to do the right thing no matter what. Could it be that audiences find it so easy to root for this guy because they recognize the value of character, or the value of doing the right thing? Although many people want to assert that nobody can tell you what is right or wrong, the response from audiences to a guy who selflessly and consistently does the right thing tells us otherwise.
Similarly, the theme of sacrifice seems to connect quite a bit with us as an audience. All throughout the movie, Rogers is sacrificing himself for others. When the only opportunity open to him is to be a performer in a ridiculous suit, he swallows his pride and takes it, sacrificing his dream to be a part of the army so that he can support the troops in any way possible. Of course the biggest example of Rogers' sacrifice is the ultimate one he makes at the very end, by laying down his life to save the city. Could it be that people love Captain America so much because they recognize the beauty of the sacrifices, especially the ultimate sacrifice he made? Could it be true that, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13)?
I know some people may not want to believe in "antiquated" or "overly religious" ideas such as selflessness, moral character, and sacrificing ones self for others, but when we watch movies like Captain America, I think we start to understand that these things really are imprinted in our hearts. Captain America gets high marks from me; it is first-rate in its quality and quite deep in its themes.
There are many superhero movies, but Captain America is one that has
caught my eye, and this alone, with the vast expanse of
similarly-themed films, only ameliorates the success of Joe Johnston's
adaptation of a comic-book story of a young man who loves his country.
This theme in itself is enough, as films such as Glory (1989), Rocky
(1976), and Patton (1970) have already shown, but although the
patriotism in Captain America is blatant for all to see (just look at
his name!), it is ultimately justified. The original 'Captain America'
was, as the film explains (in a roundabout way) merely a
morale-booster, a propaganda ploy, and Johnston used this to his
By showing how this ploy was nowhere near as effective as people thought it would be this film serves also as a reminder of true American values, not just the petty bureaucratic ones of government officials. But I digress. I don't pretend that this film has any true moral values, other than those of 'goodness over evil' which is the central theme of any superhero film. What I do say, however, is that this film, for me at least, has been an enormous success, not least because of the seriousness with which it took itself. The actors... well, the principles at least, seemed to take their roles to heart, something which is very difficult to do when you are making a fantasy film.
Recent franchises such as Spiderman seem to have lost their way. 'Peter Parker', a representation of victory and triumph to geeks everywhere has lost himself in the persona of 'Spiderman', or so was the impression I got from the train-wrecks of 2 and 3, but The Captain remains true to himself throughout, and this is what I think made the movie such a captivator. Yes, bits of it looked ridiculous, but so do elements of all superhero films. It is an unavoidable inconsequence.
There is, of course, lots of action, which was beautifully sequenced, and the special effects were predictably stunning, and also fantastically well implemented. Maybe the franchise will go the same way as that of the Spiderman trilogy, but for the moment at least, this is the Superhero movie to beat. Game on.
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Poor Steve Rogers. It is 1942 and the USA has entered the conflict that
would become known as World War 2. Steve desperately wants to join the
Army. He is from New York but after being rejected there tries to gain
entry at several different New Jersey recruiting locations, each time
being rejected for his small size and frail looks.
But Steve is nothing if not persistent, and finally gets someone to accept him. Predictably he is deficient in most areas requiring quickness or strength, but he has more perseverance than any of the others.
What Steve didn't know was the scientist was looking for the perfect subject of his project, a serum and a treatment that could convert anyone into someone with greatly magnified qualities. But magnifying qualities that the person already had. And Steve had exemplary qualities.
The experiment worked, Steve became a hero of sorts, and people coined the nickname "Captain America." The government put him to good use, traveling around the country, dressed in his Captain America suit, and participating in skits to boost loyalty and confidence during this difficult time.
But Steve wanted more, he wanted to go where the action was, to fight for his country. And when he gets the chance, he earns the "hero" title.
Chris Evans is Steve Rogers, who becomes Captain America. I would be curious to know what cinema tricks they used, to show him as a short, thin, weak young man then as a taller, strong muscular young man. Maybe "face replacement" techniques that have become popular in recent years. Maybe I'll look it up.
Anyway, I enjoyed it. My kind of entertainment.
Captain America is acted by Chris Evan's (Fantastic Four). Chris is
fiery, and his story reminds me of the recent Spiderman movies in that
he's genuine as a youngster.
I liked Hayley Atwell too and thought she was a good fiery fit alongside Chris Evan's. She was fun.
Where Cap. Amer goes wrong is with special effects and action. Though there was a couple rad stunts. The action seems faked, and rushed, and litters the movie.
"Dangit" I had that type of feeling. Cap'in was dang fun, and awesome. If the producers would have just gave it a more simple vibe (keep one or two good action scenes and focus on the story) This all would have worked.
Than there's a twist which attempts to make up for all this, which I respect. I can't go into detail as it is a spoiler. But this gives you another reason to watch.
Overall I had a good time, but I did feel like this was Forced just to get the Avenger movie out. With more care and simplicity this could have been great.
First I have quite abit of complaining about the ending to the movie
and to those who actually know stuff about Captain America, then you'ld
know that the ending is actually quite accurate, expect for the fact
that Bucky did not die along side him as seen below Movie:Bucky dies
when himself and Steve Rogers (Captain America) walk into a trap setup
by Hydra.As Rogers enters another cart as Bucky lingers behind, the
doors slam shut, as the both of them are separated and have advancing
enemy's, and after Rogers thinks he had taken care of the other Hydra
member, he take a glance at Bucky's situation and gives Bucky his gun
and they deal with the last Hydra member together, then as their guards
fall, the Hydra member once fighting with Rogers attacks them both from
behind as Rogers it sends Rogers flying, dropping his shield near
Bucky, which Bucky picks up to fend the Hydr member off and as a ray
hit the shield the force send Bucky, flying out of the train where he
is believed to of had died Comic:Bucky and Rogers find there way into
Hydra's HQ, where they see Schmit, fleeing in yet another rocket ship
and as a last ditch effort, Bucky and Rogers jump on in hope of
destroying the ship, and as they do so rocket ship is detoured towards
icy water where Bucky meets his death and due to Roger's super human
body he simply sent into suspended animation.
And the beginning and middle are fairly accurate despite for this and the action scenes are all well done, and well supported by good acting and a good plot.
As I've noted in other criticisms of comic-book themed feature films,
superheroes have got it rough these days. With competition from the
likes of The Dark Knight and Iron Man, it's not easy to distinguish
oneself as a stand alone enterprise that paves its own way in the world
of masks, capes and super-human abilities.
That being said, it should come as no surprise that Captain America was an inevitability. With the recent success of Thor (and a variety of other films that aim to tie together The Avengers series into one "super" movie), it was only a matter of time before we were thrust back to World War II and the exploits of the runt-turned-muscle-man protagonist that wields a shield made of the rarest metal on Earth (I forget the name, but, honestly, does it really matter?).
Because of the pro-democracy propaganda inherent in the story, I initially identified Captain America as a film with a lot of promise. Early on, the movie makes good on that potential. There are some noteworthy instances that find our newly-fashioned American savior being reduced to a gaudy sideshow whose sole purpose is to sell war bonds. When this sort of real world commentary is effectively interwoven into the story is when Captain America tends to work best. In these instances, there's the sense that the writers have shirked any desire to follow the stereotypical comic book pastiche and have aimed for something much deeper (and, perhaps, more important).
Unfortunately, these moments are few and far between. After the first half hour Captain America digresses into an explosion-heavy shoot-em-up that finds Hugo Weaving assuming the role of a ridiculously over-the-top Nazi scientist who has inexplicably transformed into a power-hungry mutant with a red face (and no nose). Things go from barely-likable-B- movie to unbearable garbage in about 2.5 seconds, and the conclusion is equally as tedious, resulting in more eye-rolling than any film I can remember in recent memory. What's especially nauseating about all of this is watching an actor with the chops of Tommy Lee Jones bumble around a CGI-laden environment with utter indifference.
For one reason or another, a lot of people seemed to be saying "O' Captain, My Captain'" upon the movie's theatrical release. I'm not sure why that is, as the whole production winds up being little more than a numbingly stupid action flick. In the end, it's the missed opportunities regarding the historical implications of a character like Captain America that sting the most.
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