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What’s the Story?

Steve Rogers is a short skinny wimp, but a brave short skinny wimp. He’d like to go fight Hitler, but he’s too short and skinny for that. Nonetheless, he’s selected for a secret government project to turn him into a supersoldier. It works. He then becomes the poster boy for Army recruiting (in dodgy tights and all) and, later, wears the same uniform to lead a crack squad to destroy Hydra – the Nazi’s out-of-control evil superweapons division.

 

What’s the Problem?

Actually, it’s pretty good.

The costume is pretty silly, but they acknowledge that by having its origin as part of a song-and-dance show to encourage people to buy war bonds and by the end they’ve made it look half decent (it goes through three iterations: the very crap one at the start, the better one after he’s been poster-boy a while, and the battle armour which actually looks like it might offer a smidgeon of protection).

 

Captain Dork reporting for duty.

 

Montage

I like a good montage – it skips through all the waffle weighing movies down – but Captain America perhaps takes it a bit far. There’s a montage of Rogers failing at basic army training, another of him as poster-boy travelling the country, and a third of him and his team kicking arse.

Although, let's be honest, they all look a bit like stereotypes...

The first two montages are okay. I’ve seen army training scenes before; cut those, fair enough. The travelling-the-country-to-sell-bonds stuff I wouldn’t have minded a bit more of, but it adequately showed his awkwardness turn to confidence.

But why, instead of showing us a mission or two of the awesome team blowing stuff up, would you instead turn it into a montage? They destroy about twenty Hydra bases, by the little Monopoly-houses they take off the map of Europe; did nothing happen in any of them?

All these montages make it feel a bit disjointed; like we’re only getting the start and end of each story. It also makes the film seem short (whether it is or not; it’s not as long as many comic-book films, but that could be a good thing).

 

 

 

Chris Evans

has already been a superhero. For Marvel. He was the fire guy in Fantastic Four. Maybe I’m cynical (tick), but I think it’s a bit daft having one actor playing multiple superheroes. The same applies to Ryan Reynolds for being both Deadpool and the Green Lantern.

It makes it seem like there’s no other actors in Hollywood. These guys have been comic book heroes; let someone else have a turn.

 

Oh, THAT'S why they keep hiring him. They want women to come see the film...

 

Skinny Steve

A minor concern: Steve Rogers’ skinny-body is very short and skinny. His head… I don’t know… doesn’t quite look right on it. It’s always just a bit creepy.

 

Results may vary. Consult your doctor before starting an experimental treatment offered to you by a German during World War Two.

 

The Shield

is apparently every drop of whatever super-light but nigh-indestructable material on the planet. And it wasn’t fashioned into a shield for Cap’n America; it was already shaped into one. For reasons unknown, Howard Stark had decided to use up all that there was in existence of this material to make a shield he expected no one to ever use. That doesn’t sound very sensible (or likely) to me.

That said, I was surprised how often and how well he used it. It didn’t just seem an unnecessary prop that was there only because it was in the comic. That shield earned its stripes.

You just... happened... to have made exactly what I wanted, before you knew I wanted it? Convenient.

Apart from that it’s pretty much all good.

 

What’s the Solution?

Tie the missions that Cap’n America and his squad need to accomplish in with the overall goal so we can see them in action, working as a team.

Maybe recast Rogers, but then if Chris Evans was the best at audition (he was fine in the film, but didn’t blow me out of the water as, say, Robert Downey Jr‘s Tony Stark did) why shouldn’t he get the role?

Worth Seeing?

Yeah. It has a sense of humour (particularly Tommy Lee Jones), but also seems genuinely to believe in this good guy and his code. They never poke fun at him, so you tend to go along with it.

It’s also less appallingly patriotic than I’d imagined. It didn’t make me burst out laughing with shots of people running past the American flag like another superhero film I could name.

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