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Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger

What She said:


I was really looking forward to this movie.  I actually meant to see it in theaters, but it was poor timing for me and so I waited patiently for the Blu-ray release.  And oh, I wasn’t about to watch this in any format other than Blu-ray.  I was expecting amazing special effects, explosions, and lots of excitement.  So, after much failed-sleuthing, I finally drove to another town to get a copy of the film from Red Box.  And instead of the masterpiece I had expected, I got an overstylized 121 minute snorefest. 

This movie just left a terrible taste in my mouth.  Maybe I had false expectations for what it would be…I mean Rotten Tomatoes had given it a 78 percent—it was certified fresh.  But Captain America felt so rotten to me.  Chris Evans was adequate in the lead role.  I won’t hold this one against him.  I think my real problem was with the nuts and bolts of the film, it’s boring and all-too-basic storyline.

Everyone knows who Captain America is, but in case you haven’t heard of him, he’s this real wimpy dude who becomes part of a government experiment that makes him super strong.  The movie follows Cappy during World War II, as he tries to bring down the Red Skull and HYDRA enterprise, which is making some pretty scary weapons.  And that’s the basic gist of it. 

The movie sort of holds your hand through the storyline saying, “And now turn your attention to curtain number two, where this will happen for 15 minutes, before we will ask you to turn your attention to curtain number three…” and so on and so forth.  The plot didn’t have much flow to me, and the characters, aside from Cappy himself, were not as well developed as I would have liked.  There was a forced romance between Captain America and Peggy Carter (some chick with the Strategic Science Reserve), but the chemistry just didn’t seem natural (poor writing I guess?).  I also thought the stylization of the era was overdone.  What should have been nostalgic was way too in your face and hokey.  Plus, there was an odd mix of old and new that seemed unrealistic and contrived.

Did I mention the movie is surprisingly boring?  Don’t waste your time.  Watch Thor again and save yourself for The Avengers.

Thumbs down.

What he said:


About 5 or 6 years ago, Marvel Comics began developing the idea for an Avengers movie. I’m not completely sure about the specific course of events that followed, but what ended up happening was the creation of several movies that would then lead up to The Avengers.  The first to be released was Iron Man. It was followed by The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, and ThorCaptain America is the last movie leading up to The Avengers, which comes out in 2012.

Up until now, I’d say Marvel has done a pretty darn good job of making these movies. Even Iron Man 2 – which was a step down from the original – was ok. However, having seen Captain American: The First Avenger, I have left an extremely negative taste in my mouth and am a little concerned about the state of The Avengers. I know Captain America was very well-received, but frankly I don’t’ get it. I thought it was absolutely terrible. I am convinced that I accidentally rented the 1990 version instead. I wish I could say to you that I was exaggerating, but I truly felt this to be a bad movie. That actually pains me to say it, because I wanted to love it. Captain America is one of the bigger comic book heroes and one of the reasons I started reading comics again as an adult. When the movie was announced, I was very excited about it. So you can imagine my disappointment after seeing this and not enjoying it.

This movie fell flat in every aspect. The action was boring. I have never seen this many uninteresting action montages in a row. The acting was flat; particularly amongst Chris Evans and Haley Atwell, who were supposed to have chemistry.  And the charm simply wasn’t there. I know this was an attempt to be something of a throwback. Captain America is an old fashioned character. He’s something of an idealist, but in a way that is supposed to come off as endearing. But even that part of the movie flopped with me and I like some good, campy fun! I love hokey stuff with a heart, but this movie didn’t even have a pulse.

Even Hugo Weaving – who we all know can be entertaining as hell as the bad guy thanks to The Matrix – was totally uninteresting.  His makeup looked great, I just didn’t care about his story at all.

There was nothing to care about and even less to entertain me. I have never in my life seen a series of so many boring action sequences one after another.

Rating: Thumbs down.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on November 17, 2011