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Words can not express how much I loved Chris Evans in Marvel’s latest superhero film. I had been looking forward to that movie for lord know’s how long. I was very disappointed to see that it wasn’t the biggest blockbuster hit of the summer, but hopefully Josh Wheddon’s “The Avengers”–also starring Chris Evans as Captain America–will blow every movie ever made out of the water. I don’t see how having Cap, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury all in one movie (and fighting aliens, too🙂 ) could not be the biggest movie of all time. I’m not saying that just because of the superheroes (although that was what was on my mind when I decided to write this line) but because of the various different styles of acting, the bringing together of many popular and talented actors of today and a chance to see Scarlett Johannson kick some more butt like she did in “Iron Man 2”
But moving on to “Old Wingtips”, I really, really enjoyed that movie. I went and saw it like five times in the theater, it was so good. I thought it was really funny how when we first see Steve Rogers in the recruiting office after he puts his paper down we see Chris Evan’s GIANT head on top of a tint little body that couldn’t support it. That didn’t bother me too much, I thought it was pretty funny. What we see in our first impression of Steve Rogers is a young man with great ambition, who is willing to do whatever it takes in order to go fight overseas. He is selfless and strong, but not headstrong. He knows he is not better than anybody else. He just wants to be a simple soldier. Luckily, he says his lines at the right time, and Dr. Erskine–played by Stanley Tucci–signs him off so he can join The Strategic Scientific Reserve (the movie’s version of Project Rebirth). The SSR’s goal is to develop “a new breed of super soldiers.” Despite initial doubts by Tommy Lee Jones’s character Col. Phillips, Steve is chosen to be the first super soldier. Just in time too, as the villainous HYDRA leader Johan Schmidt sends an assasin to steal the formula and murder the good doctor. He escapes, but can’t get too far before the newest super soldier is on his tail, jumping from car to car and over high fences like an Olympic gold-medalist (platinum, if there was a such thing.)
What really caught my eye when it got to this part was how deep Steve really was as a person. Just a little earlier on in the movie, Erskine told him that no matter what happens he must always remember who he is. “Not a perfect soldier, but a good man.” So when the assasin grabs a young boy and hurls him into the water, I was touched to see that he was willing to let the killer of his dear mentor escape just so he could have time to save a boy he didn’t even know. That right there makes him the best superhero Marvel has ever put on the big screen. Cap is a real hero, my brother said after the movie was over. And I agree with him. A selfless, courageous, honorable man who considers himself no better than anybody else even though he is physically and mentally at the peak of humanity. Sure, he has flaws. He knows this. I think in a way he relishes that he’s not invinsible. Nothing in the movie neccesarily points to anything like that, but if you look at his personality and how he reacts to certain things in the film, it couldn’t hurt to assume that.
I think it’d be a waste of time talking anymore about the plot, especially for those of you who may not have seen it yet, so I’m just going to talk a little bit more about some of the criticism I’ve been hearing about the movie.
One thing I’ve been hearing alot is his costume in the film (I’m talking about his second one, not the USO-knock off of his original comic book costume.) I agree it looks little like any of his costumes from the comics, but you have two look at any criticism like this from every perceivable angle. One, this film is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Believe it or not, this is just one of many Marvel Comic alternate universes. So in a sense, the movie doesn’t have to follow anything from the comic books if they didn’t want to. Things have to be adapted so that they can work in a live-action movie, after all. Secondly, we have to look at what Cap’s up against in the film. He’s facing high-tech HYDRA agents with weapons fuled by a Cosmic Cube. Some of the bigger HYDRA goons also have flamethrowers. Thus, it is only fitting that his suit looks like it is somewhat fire-resistant. It could have been a better costume, but it worked out ok for his World War Two costume. From here on out he’s in the 21st Century, so Marvel will have to be a bit more creative when it comes to any future costume of his.
Another major thing I’ve been hearing is about the special effects. people have said that they were too much like that of a video game. I have to admit that I never saw it in 3-D, but I know several good scenes in the movie where that would come in handy. But I have to agree that the special effects could have been much, much better. They could have done away with alot of the slow motion and speed up the fights a little bit. We don’t have to see Captain America kick a HYDRA soldier and send him flying and watch the enemy fall down in slow motion, and then see Cap’s leg go down afterward. Scenes like that deserve to be sped up, just to show us how strong and amazing Cap is as a hero. Another scene I didn’t like was when Cap was swinging on a chain over the army of HYDRA agents who were busy fighting the U.S. Army–this was also done in slow motion. Why? That was not a dramatic scene. Why place the emphasis on him swinging? That didn’t make sense to me.
But other than that, I thought the movie was great. I could write a book about what makes “Captain America: The Fisrt Avenger” an awesome movie. It has the right blend of action, humor, romance, evil and fantasy. I give this movie an A- in my book!