Who has already seen Captain America? I saw it last night.

 

It's a good movie. I know a lot of people are saying it's their favorite of the Marvel movies. Not sure I'd go that far. It came close. I had a headache when I saw it so I may need to see it again. Don't get me wrong, I really liked the movie. There were only a few things that dissapointed me.

 

Here's the good stuff:

  • The cast is good. Chris Evans pulled off the role, nicely. He embodied the role of Cap. He was nice, did the right thing, was a good leader, and a total badass when it come to fighting. I forgotted he was the one who played the cocky Human Torch in the FF films.
  • The 40s retro vibe of the film works really well.
  • Back to the cast. While they were all good I especially liked Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci.
  • The Howling Cammandos were cool, but not given a whole lot to do.
  • The modern day book ends were pretty good too.
  • The first hour plus of set up and origin is really well paced and done well.
  • The film ties-in with Thor in a cool way.
  • The love story was pretty good too.
  • Stay after the credits. It'll make your geek heart explode with joy.

The no-so-great stuff:

  • Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull was just ok. He was clearly a bad dude but to me the Red Skull is more menacing and scary. Of course I haven't read much with him, so for all I know his portrayal may be dead on. I know Weaving can do menacing and scary though, the guy's a good actor.
  • At a certain point in the film, the action speeds up towards the conclusion. It feels rushed and the pace is off from the first half of the film.
  • The ending book mark was not bad but the film just ended. From the end and the bit at the end of the credits it's clear Cap is distraught about his predicament. However not as much as you would expect someone to be who missed 70 years of their life.

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Oh, and I liked Howard Stark's Preston Tucker-esque presentation of the flying car...a car very much like the 60s Nick Fury would fly around in. 

 

The only thing that would have been a better Easter Egg would have been the secret army lab being under a barber shop rather than a book store.

 

Oh...and Nick, you can't fool Steve with the same gag the Joker used to confuse poor Commodore Schmidlapp in the 1966 Batman movie.

Oh, and that woman at the end of the film who comes into the fake bedroom to talk to Steve...that's Sharon Carter.  She'll return in The Avengers according to IMDB.
Not many people seemed to catch it, but I loved the part where The Red Skull complained about how Hitler was sending other details into the desert to dig for trinkets. A subtle reference to "Raiders of the Lost Ark." I laughed good when I heard that!
I know I already said this on Facebook, but the the bit at the end is taken from the Roald Dahl story "Beware of the Dog."

Doc Beechler (mod-MD) said:

Oh, and I liked Howard Stark's Preston Tucker-esque presentation of the flying car...a car very much like the 60s Nick Fury would fly around in. 

 

The only thing that would have been a better Easter Egg would have been the secret army lab being under a barber shop rather than a book store.

 

Oh...and Nick, you can't fool Steve with the same gag the Joker used to confuse poor Commodore Schmidlapp in the 1966 Batman movie.

I thought the "I had a date" line was a perfect closer. I found it not flippant but painful and poignant. And that's how Chris Evans delivers the line. It reminds us that the girl Cap had a date with is now either dead or an old woman of about 90.

 

Maybe some people expected a more rah-rah, triumphant ending, but I give the filmmakers kudos for sending us home with something to think about -- the toll of time's passage.

"Oh, and I liked Howard Stark's Preston Tucker-esque presentation of the flying car..."

 

Glad someone else got the Tucker resemblance. That car-unveiling scene, with its chorus girls, reminded me of a similar scene from Francis Coppola's 1988 movie "Tucker" (a movie you ought to see if you haven't). I suspect that much of "Capt. America"'s visual style was inspired by "Tucker," which based its look on '40s posters and magazine ads. And it was good to see some of those posters during Cap's end credits.

Doc, I'm surprised; no comment on the Red Skull's realistic-looking fake-skin mask? :P

 

LJ, I caught the "digging for trinkets in the desert" line, but then the continuity geek in me said, "But wait, Raiders was set in '38, and this movie's set in '42. That doesn't stand up!"

 

And then I smacked that voice good and hard, and enjoyed it for what it was. :)

But one supposes the Nazi government never found out what finally happened to the Ark. Perhaps during the war the US government learned the Nazis were trying to dig up the lost head of Medusa (planning to film it and use projected images thereof as a defence against night-time bombing raids) and sent Indy on a false flag second search for the Ark(1) to cause them to divert their archeological resources into channels it could be sure would be unprofitable.

 

(1) The Nazis not having shown any interest in forged directions to the modern location of the Nose of Cleopatra.

At least the mask was his own face on his own bone structure.  ;)

 

I did like the effect of it partially coming off during his first fight with Cap.

The realistic face mask has been part of film and television longer than many of us have been alive. I, for one, just accept it as part of the action/suspense genre. Yeah, I know it isn't really real but it is real for those stories and that's good enough for me.
I just hate when it's used in a TV show or movie where everything else is close to realistic. 

I saw this yesterday, and I did enjoy it. Although I wouldn't put it in my top 3 of Marvel movies really. I loved Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, and all of the rest. The casting and acting was terrific. Having the Howling Commandos was a hoot as well.

 

The two things I didn't like:

1. Bucky's death.

2. I find it really hard to believe that Cap's only two decisions for the plane at the end was either flying over NYC or nosediving into the ice.

 

Man, I would have hated to have been one of the actors wearing one of those leather Hydra uniforms...

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