Escape to the Movies: Captain America

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Zeitgeist1983:
Sounds interesting... But will anyone care outside America?

Most major superheroes are Americans, in America, saving Americans.

Yes they save the planet here and there, but it is mostly America.

Captain America is not a patriotic demon (he actually fought against the American government in Civil War), he is a super solider forced into the role of an icon.

He is very relatable, and other countries would have no problem enjoying such a character.

Does anyone know who the guy who was shown beating up Steve in the beginning was?
OT: I saw it last night, and I agree wholeheartedly. I liked the mirror idea for the hero and villain, similar to the dichotomy in Hulk.

i wonder what he thinks of "batman: under the red hood".

i cant help but think that your review is a little to much over praised. a fan boy rant even.

dont get me wrong i value ur opinion every week and most of the time agree with u.

but i didnt really here any justification as to why this is a perfect movie rather than just a good movie that stands out from the resent line of disapointments.

normally you would talk about how the director shows he knows what hes doing and the cinematogaphy is astounding for one reason or another, and how machical bay should take note and get over his military hard on, etc.

but anyway sure im exited for a good action movie and hopefully i can turn my brain off long enough to enjoy this mainstream holleywood offering.

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also OMG! the brave little toaster! childhood flashback!

It comes in August to Sweden, so I might see it then. However, is it good for someone who isn't american? All that patrionism kinda falls flat when you're on the other side of the Atlantic.

He speaks the truth the movie was awesome. It's dripping in good work and I'm now convinced if marvel can't pull off an avengers movie, then no one can. On a side note I got tickets for a non 3D showing, but due to some confusion they ended up playing the 3d version in my auditorium, and passing out 3d glasses. So while I didn't pay 3d ticket prices I was still kinda bummed. One reason is that I was kinda sick of wearing glasses over my glasses, and the second is that the 3d was kinda bad. I would occasionally get taken out of the movie by noticing the jittery 3d effects particularly on CG heavy scenes. I strongly suggest you opt for the 2d show.

Grey_Focks:

I screamed like little kid during the whole thing. By itself, it was worth the price of admission.

I don't really have anything to say about the Captain America movie since I pretty much agree with everything you had said, and thus does not need to be said again. But in regards to the Spider-Man trailer that was mentioned at the end credits: What?

I went to see Captain America with twenty other people. Yes, twenty (or so :P). And let me tell you, one of the things we discussed before we even went into the theater was how annoyed and skeptical we were about the Spider-Man reboot. That all changed when we saw the trailer. I don't know what you saw, Bob.

God bless America

You have no idea how happy this review just made me. I don't agree with ever review you did, but you know what a good super hero movie is, that's for sure. So far, your super hero movie reviews have been flawless.

I'm also on the fence about the whole, "it was explained in the last movie" aspect. It should make sense, no matter what order they are watched in.

glad to hear that the movie's good though.

poor WB and DC... They just can't catch a break...

You know, I've always thought that Captain America was kind of the Superman of Marvel, only with less amazing superpowers. It's a symbol of everything good and what an ideal American citizen should be. That really pleases me to hear that the movie basically keeps to that, although when you said it's completely devoid of irony, I didn't know what you meant... Because I can't tell if a movie is being "ironic", mostly because I take everything at face value (a really bad fault of mine, I admit). Good thing I don't have to worry about that for this movie.

I'm totally going to go see it this weekend... right after I see the Winnie the Pooh movie again!

Captain America will be released in a few days here and I am going on vacation tommorrow. So I wont be seeing it for a couple of weeks.

Both your reviews of Thor and X-Men First Class were great. You seem even more excited about this one so I cant wait to see it in the cinema.

teebeeohh:
doing anything but playing the movie straight could not have possibly worked with the character. unfortunately i have to wait a month till the movie is released in Germany.

Yeah... stupid waiting times. This sounds good... much needed after the last few "great action films" of the last months.

Nautical Honors Society:

Zeitgeist1983:
Sounds interesting... But will anyone care outside America?

Most major superheroes are Americans, in America, saving Americans.

Yes they save the planet here and there, but it is mostly America.

Captain America is not a patriotic demon (he actually fought against the American government in Civil War), he is a super solider forced into the role of an icon.

He is very relatable, and other countries would have no problem enjoying such a character.

Guess you are right and I understand that the character isn´t that stupid black and white patriotic. But I think the costume itself will alienate potential foreign viewers who are not that familiar with comic books.

I can't say how happy your review has made me. I find that, for the most part, I agree with your movie reviews. I have to wait till Monday to see it with my girlfriend because I promised. But it's a relief to see they made consistently good movies leading up to the Avengers, and it's an even bigger relief to see Cap is the best one, he is one of my top three favorite characters and the thing that made Civil War worth reading for me, not that it wasn't amazing, but his motivation is an exact replica of my emotions on the same type of things. It was like watching a "What if..." of yourself as a superhero.

FINALLY! I have been waiting for something GOOD to come out this year, and I trust Bob's judgment enough to check out this movie asap. Speaking of, considering how Ironman 1 and 2 are one of my alltime favorite movies, and how they're creating an epic Avengers movie bringing Thor, Ironman and Captain America together, I should probably check out Thor when I get the chance.

Zeitgeist1983:

Nautical Honors Society:

Zeitgeist1983:
Sounds interesting... But will anyone care outside America?

Most major superheroes are Americans, in America, saving Americans.

Yes they save the planet here and there, but it is mostly America.

Captain America is not a patriotic demon (he actually fought against the American government in Civil War), he is a super solider forced into the role of an icon.

He is very relatable, and other countries would have no problem enjoying such a character.

Guess you are right and I understand that the character isn´t that stupid black and white patriotic. But I think the costume itself will alienate potential foreign viewers who are not that familiar with comic books.

I feel that the costume aside, he exemplifies what it means to be a genuinely good human being who is constantly trying to do good, willing to sacrifice himself but not willing to destroy himself to make his point. I think pretty much everyone can enjoy the character.

Cool, probably going to see it tonight.

And I didn't think the Amazing Spider-Man looked that bad, maybe that's just me.

I'll see about going to see it tomorrow.

Incredible. 0_o

Since this review didn't fall into any of the quirks I dislike in movie reviews (or yours), I guess I'll give this a go like I did with Splice. (Glad you recommended that piece. Cracky as it was)

If bob likes it, then its going to be good :-) .

My favorite part of the movie was Peggy Carter. You just don't see female characters like that coming out of Hollywood very often anymore.

VanillaBean:
Good to see there's hope for the future.

Now on to make Deadpool and Taskmaster!!

Saw the midnight showing, was freakin awesome! I admit I was wrong in my opinions about Chris Evans' ability to pull off serious......he can definately do Cap.

Great job Marvel, and don't let me down Joss. I swear, if you push your pathos button of "Kill random character to make audience sad now", you will be killed so many nerds.....soooo many nerds.

restoshammyman:
i wonder what he thinks of "batman: under the red hood".

I can bet that Movie Bob will most definitely praise that movie. Not since The Dark Knight, have I actually favored the Villains role in a Batman movie.

SPOILER ALERT FOR ANY ONE NOT WANTING TO READ THIS IN CASE OF STORY INFRINGEMENT!!
to be brutally honest i liked the movie for what it was, an action flick about a guy with a shield kicking butt, and that's about it for the last 3/4 of the movie, the first 1/4 however is all about weak steve and that's where the movie shines.

Things it could have worked on:
1) let captain America to have been involved in real world war problems, then built up to the comic world's issues and enemies.

2)better interaction with the important characters: this part is especially lacking, his interaction with the female love interest, for example, resides in her asking him to do tests and go on a mission, than kiss, that's IT.

3)less of non-canon/non-important characters: as you can tell from the poster outside of the theater Captain America builds a team of no-bodies that don't matter, yet they seem to give them more screen time than the love interest or the villain.
you don't even learn his team members names.

4)made hydra more opposing: hydra usually is a name to reckon with when a major villian is heading them so why were they so bad in the movie? they even had technology so advanced tony stark's grandfather was impressed.

Zeitgeist1983:

Nautical Honors Society:

Zeitgeist1983:
Sounds interesting... But will anyone care outside America?

Most major superheroes are Americans, in America, saving Americans.

Yes they save the planet here and there, but it is mostly America.

Captain America is not a patriotic demon (he actually fought against the American government in Civil War), he is a super solider forced into the role of an icon.

He is very relatable, and other countries would have no problem enjoying such a character.

Guess you are right and I understand that the character isn´t that stupid black and white patriotic. But I think the costume itself will alienate potential foreign viewers who are not that familiar with comic books.

I understand your point. As an American I originally hated the idea of Captain America, I was like "what is his power? Being wrapped in the American flag?", but after learning about his backstory, I grew to understand he is a rich character with an interesting backstory.

So... Incredible Hulk was good! And... Iron Man was good too. And so did Iron Man 2. Thor was good. Now it seems that Captain America nailed it too. I'm not a huge fan of comic book movies, but I sure enjoy the way that they are putting things together for the Avengers. Spider-Man and X-Men series were alright, but I feel like these 5-6 movies should now be referred as the Avengers series, one that is greater than any other from the Marvel universe.

I specify "Marvel", because in my book, Nolan's Dark Knight series is far more superior in terms of movies. The way I see it, they are NOT comic book movies, they are crime movies using comic book characters. And personally, I'm more into crime movie than comic book one. However, while I give credit to Nolan making that epic series, it is important to mention that he was dealing with far more superior source material to begin... Frank Miller (Year One) and Jeph Loeb (Long Halloween) created the crime / mob stories for Batman a while back.

Well I think everybody wins with the way things are right now. Batman, Avengers, Spider-Man and X-Men are probably the greatest assets in comic books and Hollywood pretty much go them the way it had to be (yeah... let's not talk Spidey 3 and Last Stand).

But anyway so far so good. The ratio has shift to have more good comic book movies than bad ones, so now we can forget about Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, Catwoman, Superman Returns, Spawn, Daredevil, Elektra, Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four (x2), Punisher (x2), Green Lantern... oups, talking about it probably makes it harder to forget them, my bad!

Why does Bob gushing about a movie make me nervous?

I personally liked Spider-man's trailer. Looks leaps and bounds better than the Raimi trilogy.

canadamus_prime:
Why does Bob gushing about a movie make me nervous?

Because he also gushed about "Daybreakers" and "Splice"?

That said, I'm seeing this solely because Hugo Weaving is the villain. That's all I need. But...Do I have to see Thor in order to get this?

I have to ask why some are concerned about you being expected to have seen a previous movie.

They are effectively a series. We've know this since Iron Man 1, we've known this with the stinger of each film and the carry over characters. We've know this if we've read any news on the movies at all.

This isn't a case of reading a comic and having a tie-in story in another comic you weren't told about.

This is akin to going to see Deathly Hallows 2 and being confused that you needed to see Half Blood Prince or any of the other films to make full sense of it.

wooty:
Hmmm, interest in this flick...rising. Plus, was that Tommy-Lee Jones? Never knew he was in this, only adds points to overall interest.

It most certainly was Tommy-Lee Jones, and he was incredible in it. There were a lot of great performances but I think his was far and away the most stellar of them all.

Looks like winners use steroids after all.

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