Movie Review VIII
Wimpy, asthmatic Steve Rogers just won’t quit, whether it’s getting beat up by bullies or trying to get into the army to fight Hitler. His perseverance gets him a spot on a special team trying out for a scientific experience. His intelligence and valor wins him the chance to become the first super soldier. The experiment is a success, but a spy kills the lead scientist. One super soldier is not enough for the army, so he ends up in a traveling musical selling war bonds. Will he ever get his chance to fight for America? Of course, dummy. It’s a gorram movie!
The beginning was a bit slow, but it worked well. The were a few bits of action and humor to keep things moving. It worked because it built Rogers up into a real character [+]. The effects were generally good. I especially liked the transition from the short and skinny Steve Rogers to the tall and buff one [+], and some of Hydra’s vehicles like the jet rotor helicopter [+]. I did find the action sequences with Captain America goofy. The physics for his running, jumping, and throwing just didn’t seem to work right [-]. Hugo Weaving was not bad as the villainous Red Skull, but he wasn’t particularly good either. I was worried, because he was in his normal face for the first part of the movie. I really dislike it when super-hero movies do away with the masks or odd appearances of comic book characters in an attempt to reach a broader audience. But at then end of the first real action sequence they reveal Red Skull in all his glory, and he stays that way for the rest of the movie. I thought that was a good compromise [+]. I really liked the addition of Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos as side characters [+], I thought it was a nice touch for the comics fans. I’m ambivalent about the ending. On the one hand, I’m happy that they did a non-standard non-happy ending. On the other hand it just turned into an obvious segue into the upcoming Avengers movie.
Final Rating: 8/10
Best Quote: “If you have anything to say, now would be the perfect time to keep it to yourself.”
Honorable Mention: “Go get him! I can swim!”