03 August 2011

Fishy's Film Reviews - Captain America

Saw Cap today!!!

When Captain America throws his Mighty Shield!
All those who chose to oppose his shield must yield.
If he’s led to a fight and a duel is due,
Then the red and white and the blue’ll come through
When Captain America throws his mighty shield!!!

Certificate - 12A
Running time – 124 minutes
Version Reviewed - 2d
Scene after the credits – Hells Yeah!!!
Cast –
Chris Evans as Captain America
Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull
Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark
Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Phillips
Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan

The plot
Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations.

Wait no, scratch that. That’s the 1944 film version of Cap. Lets rewind and try again...

The plot
After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals.

That’s better...

What's right with it?
First of (Venger) – Get it? First Avenger? Blah anyways

First of Chris Evans really IS Steve Rogers. He plays sickly boy gone Superhero incredibly well and always plays it from the heart, like a true hero should do

And the supporting cast, oh god the supporting cast.

Dum Dum Dugan and his howling commandos are Steve’s go to guys, and if you’ve read the comics you’ll know why, and if you haven’t? Just know that these are the guys you call when you want a job needed doing right and fast

Howard Stark plays a big role in this, and you can clearly see the origins of his sons Tonys eccentricities and playboy charm with the ladies. You even see Starks World of Tomorrow Expo that played a huge part in Iron Man 2

That neatly brings me on to the ties with the other films, all the build up, all the little scenes in the other movies that us fans have eagerly lapped up like kittens around fresh milk. They have some nod or direct reference in this, and trust me it was worth the wait. From the first scene of the Red Skull talking about Yggdrasil to the first appearance of Cap’s shield in continuity if you remember that its occurrence is later in the timeline in The Many Adventures of Robert Downey parts 1 and 2

Wait what? What do you mean this isn’t the film this has all been leading up to?

There’s gonna be an Avengers film after this?


What’s wrong with it?
Only thing I can think of is that Bucky could have been dealt with a whole lot better

Also it should have had the old 60s cartoon theme at some point but that’s just me being a hopeful fanboy ^_^

Best Scene?
Any scene with Tommy Lee Jones, he just steals the show

Also the montage sequence with Cap and The Howling Commandos

Best Quote?
Abraham Erskine: Do you want to kill Nazis?
Steve Rogers: I don't want to kill anybody. I don't like bullies; I don't care where they're from.

Bonus Trivia
Cap’s first two costumes are a nod to his normal Marvel costume and his first costume during World War 2 in the Ultimate Universe.

His heater shield is straight from his first appearance in Captain America Comics #1 which came out in march 1941, which was published by Timely Comics. They changed the name of the company to Marvel Comics in June 1961

Originally cameo appearances were planned in the film for James Logan Howlett (Wolverine) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto), who were present during World War II (Logan was a soldier and Lensherr was a prisoner of war). These cameos were scrapped due to rights issues.

Contrary to popular belief, a body double was not used for Chris Evans for the scenes when he was skinny. The filmmakers had originally planned to hire a body double and superimpose Evans' face onto the double's body, but ultimately scrapped the idea since director Joe Johnston claimed that Evans moved in a unique way and that no body double could replicate his movements. Ultimately, the filmmakers utilized digital technology to "shrink" Evans down, essentially erasing portions of his physique, until they came up with what the filmmakers called "Skinny Steve". Over 250 shots were filmed like this, and because the shrinking process left empty space in the background, many of the scenes had to filmed in front of a green screen so that they could superimpose the backgrounds back into the scene.

Final Thoughts
If you’re gonna be nitpicky and try and pick bits you don’t like, you * could * mention the many changes that they have made to the continuity here and there, and how the origin story has a lot more nods towards the Ultimate line than the normal 616 Universe. Well I’m gonna put my footdown and say bullcrap. The changes made in this make it a hell of a lot better movie

Plus the Ultimates gave us one of the best alternate Cap costumes that he uses in this film, and Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, and I for one would rather see Samuel Motherfucking Jackson leading the Avengers any day rather than someone who has also played Nick Fury in the past aka David Hassellhoff

But don’t let me lead you to believe that this is thought of as just a stop gap before Avengers comes out, I don’t see it that way. It’s a really good movie in its own right

My Advice?
Go and see it!

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