Captain America: The First Avenger

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The title says it all, doesn’t it? we’re finding out where Cap came from so that when we see the GOOD movie in May (The Avengers) we’ll have some kind of background for this guy poncing around in a suit made from a flag…Oh puh-leez. Seriously? Two of the big blockbuster superhero movies of this summer are only LEAD-INS for the big superhero blockbuster movie of next year?

But yes, fans, that’s the case. Both this movie, and Thor, are just buildups for the movie everyone has been waiting for, the hotly anticipated Avengers directed by Joss Whedon, which doesn’t come out until next May.

Seems to me someone said, Hey! Let’s do movies about the members of the Avengers that we haven’t done movies of but who have better name recognition than, say, Black Widow or Hawkeye, and we’ll make money, AND more people will pay to see that movie! What a great idea!

Well, no. It really isn’t. Because no matter how much money you throw at the special effects, the money you DIDN’T throw at the writing and plotting is painfully obvious. And one of the things that REALLY pisses this otter off is what I refer to as the Stephen King syndrome: you read an 800 page book only to find out at the end that the whole story, including the denoument, were only there to explain something from ANOTHER BOOK ENTIRELY; in Mr. King’s case, that damn Gunslinger series. But I have already gotten my revenge on Stephen King.

Anyway. I digress.

So people went to see this. Plot’s kinda dumb, they said, but the 1940s period detail is great!

Um, okay. But if I want to see 1940s period detail done right, I can just watch another Bogie flick, right? so that’s not so much of a draw for me.

Nevertheless, I rented it. And (during a very stressful week of unpacking and moving) Mr. Otter and I watched it.

Or rather, I watched it. He slept through most of it. And for once, I envied him his penchant for taking impromptu naps.

Because it was dull, dull, dull. The main character (even after he turns into a big strong handsome guy) was not a good actor, and not much fun to watch. There were other good actors (Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci and Serious Honey Tommy Lee Jones) in it, but aside from some scenery-chewing, they didn’t have much to do either. And (worst of all) because Cap is a 1940s hero, but the Avengers are now, they had to figure out a way to bring him forward in time…which meant that the love story went nowhere, and the movie ended with him running out of his hospital room and finding himself in the future, our present.

Meh. Eminently forgettable, aside from decent special effects and an attempt to make all the 1940s stuff look good. I’d skip this and go straight to the big one next May.

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