Movie Review: Captain America

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.  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.  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.  My boo is STRAIGHT UP.

Here’s his review:

Let’s get something out of the way right here and now, if you’re looking for a movie that’s dark in nature and is full of angst and a protagonist with daddy issues then this is not the movie for you. Captain America 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 everyone’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 1940’s O.G. (Original Gangster) type super hero, then you should find yourself right at home with this flick.

Captain America is the story of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a guy who wants to join the army and fight those evil Nazi bastards in WWII. There’s only one problem, dude is skinny and has a whole bunch of medical issues. So much so that the army won’t even allow him to enlist, but that doesn’t stop Steve from trying to his darndest anyway. Finally he meetsDr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) who enlists Rogers in a program to test out a serum he has been developing in order to make the perfect soldier – a super solider some would say.

There’s plenty here for comic book nerds to enjoy from this movie, like the inclusion of James “Bucky” Barnes (Sebastian Stan), or the plot threads that connect this movie to the events of Thor or the end scene that’s very reminiscent of Mark Millar’s work on 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. Don’t get me wrong, Captain America has its fair of explosions, gun shooting and shield throwing action scenes, but it doesn’t have a crazy amount of action sequences like Transformers did for instance.The greatest strength of this movie is the awesome cast. Everybody involved played their parts to perfection and I don’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. Also Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillipspretty much ruled every scene that he was in. Another thing that the movie has going for it is the tone. It’s not pretentious, it’s not a philosophic deconstruction of super hero movies and it’s not a super hero movie about gods or science whiz’s. What it is, is a film that takes advantage of the ability to show the Marvel version of WWII. This movie doesn’t feel like a modern super hero movie, it has the tone of maybe an Indiana Jones where there’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 he’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 as Hydra, led by the Johann Schmidt aka The Red Skull. 

At the end of the day that’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 that’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 I’ll tell you why you’re wrong.

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