“Captain America: The First Avenger” Star Spangled Awesome

Genres: Action/Adventure and Adaptation
Running Time: 2 hr. 5 min.
Release Date: July 22nd, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Director: Joe Johnston

JJ Rating: A

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is determined to be a part of the American Army to help fend off the Nazi bullies. They reject him on many levels due to his many failings. Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) sees his determination and chooses him to be part of the super soldier program. Rogers agrees and is transformed into Captain America. He fights the Germans to defeat the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) who looks to take over the world via a very special cube. Captain America: The First Avenger.

14 Good Things about this Film

1. The amazing retro feel of the WWII era.
2. The costumes. Love Captain America's costume. I like that the bond's costume was a throwback in Captain America lore and the actual one he ends up in for the rest of the film.
3. I like the connection it has to Thor.
4. I enjoyed the simple and clean humor by Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci.
5. The second time I saw it, the scenes were more emotional.
6. The shield. I want a shield. I have Thor's hammer, now I want Captain America's shield.
7. The noise the shield made when it hit people. I cringed.
8. The score by Alan Silvestri is uplifting in a hopeful militaristic manner. I feel like marching when I listen to it. Back to the Future lingers somewhere in there.
9. The Avenger's trailer after the credits gave me a nerd-gasm.
10. Chris Evans did a fantastic job being heroic.
11. Hayley Atwell was stunning as Peggy Carter. I didn't want her to leave the screen.
12. The first chase scene with Captain America chasing a man on foot was well executed. It had humor and action meshed into one. As for the rest of the action in the film, it entertained me well.
13. I love that Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) is in this film...Tony Stark's dad. Cooper had the right finesse to play Stark.
14. Captain America welded together humor, action and drama as well as any superhero film, especially The Dark Knight, I say that because I never recalled feeling a tinge of sadness watching Batman, ever.

2 Bad Things about this Film

1. I wished there was a tad more emotion attached to some of the scenes, but after a second viewing I felt more emotional for those scenes. Maybe it's a false negative.
2. Seeing Spider-Man trailer for NEXT YEAR...not happy to have to wait a year.

Oscar nods for score and costumes.

A review on IMDB caught my attention, just like a review on X-Men: First Class talking about Nightcralwer being red. Idiots like that shouldn't be allowed to write reviews. The review on IMDB said that he never read the comic book. That's understandable, I never read them either. What is not understandable is saying how stupid it is for Captain America to sell war bonds. Uhhh, do your history you idiot. That's the world he was created for, the WWII era. He states that Batman Begins is how comic book films should be measured. I don't think so. Those films take themselves way too seriously and I do not like them as much as everyone else. I actually like Marvel because their characters are not dark for the sake of being dark. It's as if Marvel is the normal teenager and DC is the teenager dressing in black because it's different. Marvel is different without having to be different. They don't have to try. Their ideas do that. Batman tries too hard. I like Batman. I most of the films, but I don't think it created a standard that any film should live up to and anyone professing that is a moron who doesn't know history.

Not to mention that idiot who wrote that review lacked how America was created. He mentioned American Exceptionalism that is more than his Tweet accepting brain could handle. This was what I thought might happen; people would get all pissy because the hero's name is Captain America. Too bad he was so busy fuming over the name America that he missed a great film.

I can't wait for The Avengers. I hope they have a scene where Thor goes toe to toe with Captain America to see who can drink the other under the table. It'll be funny to see what Tony Stark has to say about that. Speaking of Stark, Robert Downy Jr. must have cracked jokes about how he doesn't have to maintain massive muscle like Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.

Captain America was well worth waiting for. I enjoyed every second. I want to put it in my collection right now. Right this moment. I marvel at Marvel. They're like the Pixar of the hero world. Marvel taking over their own movie reigns with the backing of Disney makes for powerhouses that'll be unstoppable.

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