So, more times than not a blogger’s best friend is generally another blogger. Okay well that’s my case…isn’t that all that matters? Anyways, I’m not a big comic book nerd like one of my bffl’s Curtis so I haven’t seen Captain America yet. Â I say “yet,” like I’m planning on seeing it, we all know I won’t.
Luckily for me, Curtis has his own blog called, The Screen Addicts Show that is pretty awesome. Â It’s an easy read that combines humor with damn good reviews of some of the year’s biggest and best (and sometimes worst) movies of the year. The best part about the blog is it’s HONEST. Â My boo is STRAIGHT UP.
Here’s his review:
Letâ€™s get something out of the way right here and now, if youâ€™re looking for a movie thatâ€™s dark in nature and is full of angst and a protagonist with daddy issues then this is not the movie for you.Â Captain AmericaÂ is about earnestness and overcoming adversity and while that may be something that I love about the character, I am well aware that this may not be everyoneâ€™s cup of tea. On the plus side if you like watching a bad ass dude kick some pseudo-Nazi ass and be a complete 1940â€™sÂ O.G.Â (Original Gangster) type super hero, then you should find yourself right at home with this flick.
Captain America is the story ofÂ Steve RogersÂ (Chris Evans), a guy who wants to join the army and fight those evil Nazi bastards inÂ WWII. Thereâ€™s only one problem, dude is skinny and has a whole bunch of medical issues. So much so that the army wonâ€™t even allow him to enlist, but that doesnâ€™t stop Steve from trying to his darndest anyway. Finally he meetsDr. Abraham ErskineÂ (Stanley Tucci) who enlists Rogers in a program to test out a serum he has been developing in order to make the perfect soldier â€“ a super solider some would say.
Thereâ€™s plenty here forÂ comic book nerdsÂ to enjoy from this movie, like the inclusion ofÂ James â€œBuckyâ€ BarnesÂ (Sebastian Stan), or the plot threads that connect this movie to the events ofÂ ThorÂ or the end scene thatâ€™s very reminiscent ofÂ Mark Millarâ€™sÂ work onÂ The Ultimates. Being the comic book fan that I am, these things really enhanced the movie experience for me. For people not as familiar with theMarvel Universe, some of these cool inclusions may fall flat. Also those looking for 2 hours of a pure action movie may also come away disappointed. Donâ€™t get me wrong, Captain America has its fair of explosions, gun shooting and shield throwing action scenes, but it doesnâ€™t have a crazy amount of action sequences likeÂ TransformersÂ did for instance.The greatest strength of this movie is the awesome cast. Everybody involved played their parts to perfection and I donâ€™t care what anyone says Chris Evans freaking embodied Captain America. I was pleasantly surprised by how much he was able to play that inner strength and duty to a higher morality that makes Captain America who he is. AlsoÂ Tommy Lee JonesÂ asÂ Colonel Chester Phillipspretty much ruled every scene that he was in. Another thing that the movie has going for it is the tone. Itâ€™s not pretentious, itâ€™s not a philosophic deconstruction of super hero movies and itâ€™s not a super hero movie about gods or science whizâ€™s. What it is, is a film that takes advantage of the ability to show the Marvel version of WWII. This movie doesnâ€™t feel like a modern super hero movie, it has the tone of maybe anÂ Indiana JonesÂ where thereâ€™s an old school setting but somehow these extraordinary sci-fi concepts that tell the audience that they should just sit back and have fun. Anyway without giving too much plot away he undergoes this procedure because he has all of the qualities of a truly ideal American and next thing you know heâ€™s a muscled out super hero specimen. This begins his journey to combat the forces of a top secret science division of the Nazi party known asÂ Hydra, led by theÂ Johann SchmidtÂ akaÂ The Red Skull.Â
At the end of the day thatâ€™s what this movie is. A nice old school styled blockbuster movie. It lacks the gravitas of some of the other comic book flicks, and sure Steve Rogers is a bit of a goody two shoes, but thatâ€™s kind of the point. Captain America is the type of person that people should aspire to be and the movie does a wonderful job of conveying this essential character trait. I give this a 8/10 on the Curtis scale of gangstaness and if you disagree then you can holla at me on my twitter at @cdizzlefizzle and Iâ€™ll tell you why youâ€™re wrong.
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