I can’t help myself but to be reminded of Clark Kent upon seeing Steve Rogers. A very definition of a true American’s boy scout, as was his DC counterpart, the would-be Captain America was described to have a strong sense of right and wrong, very patriotic, and rather socially awkward around women. It was stereotyped, and so pure, it’s almost ridiculous. Frankly, this kind of stereotype had small to no place in the current landscape of fiction we’re in right now. I mean, just check how Clark Kent/Superman takes a new direction in the newest DC comics. Ain’t your dad’s Superman, it ain’t.
Roughly the first third of the movie was dedicated to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) origin before he became known as Captain America. Here, you’ll see much of his character, a trait that would made him a likely choice for a super-soldier experiment, which also a trait that was actually settled in my part of disfavor, much like Clark Kent’s. Fortunately, the part was slightly under-toned, and rather brisk in execution. At least I didn’t get the chance of getting impatient. Much.
Nearly all of Captain America’s events were took place between 1941 and 1943, in the brink of World of War II. Steve Rogers, a sickly, but a very patriotic, not to mention, determined young boy from Brooklyn had been trying his damnedest to enlist only to get rejected. Five times. However, his somewhat “pure” motivation, attracted the eye of Dr.Abraham Erskrine (Stanley Tucci), and waived Rogers into the army with a purpose of later, turn him into a super-soldier via a certain serum he had developed.
This is another attempt to alter the history of the World War II by pitching Red Skull, the leader of Hitler’s cult-slash-research division, Hydra as Captain America’s nemesis and bane to the American (and Allies?) troop during the war who had their very own agenda. Portrayed by Hugo Weaving, who I must say, most comfortable in this kind of role, Red Skull isn’t exactly effective as the nemesis (just passing through?) and the final battle was kind of “meh?” and a slight disappointment. Red Skull, and his organization were shown excavating a cube thingy that curiously reminded me to the All-Cube from Transformers franchise (though I’m sure it’s just a coincidence) in order to harness its power for their own benefit. And the action ensues.
Captain America, just like any recent Marvel Studios movies, suffered from the fact that it was merely a step stone to the “The Avengers” movie due next year in a way that it seems just like a feature-length chapter depicting Captain America’s character origin. But, one had to commend on Marvel Studios to have such ambitious project, “The Avengers,” that brings all these superheroes together, and treated most of each, with a feature-length to call their very own. Given the résumé thus far, they might be able to pull it off. On top of that, there’s a sort of continuity in it as well, for you see, there’s a prominent character in this movie that if you’ve been paid an attention to the previous Marvel Studios movies, you’ll recognize it and will most likely able to fit this character in the universe created by the Marvel Studios.
Although, in short, this movie is just a generic superhero origin story. Introduce a character that would be a superhero, give him a resemblance of a personality, give him a love interest, a bad guy to do a battle with, and finish. Nothing new, and I stick to what I had said earlier that this movie feels like an extended, feature-length origin chapter of one of the member of “The Avengers.” Nothing more. Tommy Lee Jones is having fun, though, with his usual gruff and scruff. Sadly, it was the only thing I could held in a higher than average regards for this entire movie.
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