27 July 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

The guy who chooses to do everything right is usually the most boring. I mean, there's a reason Cyclops got such short shrift in the X-Men movies. He follows all the rules, he's got a stick up his ass, and he's too stand up of a guy to be exciting. Same with Superman. And comic book Captain America has similar issues. What's thrilling about a super patriotic soldier?

The movie wisely sidesteps the issue by giving us Steve Rogers as the ultimate plucky underdog. As jarring as it is to see Chris Evans' head stuck on a tiny body, the bits with a skinny Steve did make me emphathize with him -- he's doing godo things for us skinny guys. The film does a great job of showing us why Rogers was the man chosen to undergo the experimental procedure.

And once Evans gains pecs, abs, and shoulders, they send the Captain on a public relations tour that is a nice twist on the original backstory. The rest of the movie devolves into a basic "go after the bad guy" tale but the first three fourths was good enough to sate the Marvel appetite. Thor was a more entertaining film but as a fanboy, it's hard not to enjoy both.

Let's talk about Hayley Atwell, who is a Claire Danes lookalike, am I right? She's wonderful and I'd like her to make a return in the Avengers. I mean, in the comics Steve Rogers returns from his deep freeze to date Sharon Carter, the niece of Atwell's character (originally her sister), which is a bit weird. "I couldn't date your aunt so I'll just date you instead." Creepy!