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Captain America: The First Avenger movie review

I hadn’t expected much from this movie – I like old-school Nazi-punching and early Avenger Captain America but these days he has a bit of a Superman issue – grim n’ gritty is the place to be, with Cap coming off as a bit corny in the best case and some sort of symbol of nationalist excesses in the worst. I did get sucked in by the First Avenger byline, though, since I liked Thor a lot and plan to see the Avengers. Just for reference, this covers the 2D version only – I have been finding 3D hit or miss lately and so we decided to try this one in the normal dimensions.

I am glad I did – this movie was great fun. The cast was, by far, the best part. Chris Evans’ double role as wimpy Steve Rogers and buff Captain America was good enough that I barely noticed the massive CGI work needed to allow it. Hayley Atwell pulled off the somewhat tricky combination of a pinup girl and a hard as nails soldier well. Tommy Lee Jones basically played himself, though that’s not a bad thing. Hugo Weaving was by far my favorite – his megalomaniac anti-Captain was truly great, I though.

This one also had plenty of nerd nods – Cap cycles through his classic costume (with pirate boots and little head wings) before settling down on something more practical, you have Tony Stark’s dad, who probably-not-coincidentally looks a lot like a classic Tony Stark (The coolest dude with the heart of steel, with the little swinger `stache). He serves, well, basically as a stand-on for Tony, at least in the inventing and piloting sense. Cap’s commando team is also full of real characters from the comics, though I only really recognized Dum-Dum / The Irish One. (It also featured something from Odin’s toybox in Thor, and set up the post-credit scene in that movie, if you care).

The summary is simple – great cast + taking the source material seriously + clever writing = good movie. Shocking! It was not entirely a nerd fest, either – my 9 year old daughter is unfamiliar with most of the sources and Burgandy is much more of a DC fan, but they followed it pretty well and enjoyed it. As portrayed, Cap is a very human hero, for all of his slightly-superhuman prowess, and his lack of chauvanism and willingness to sacrifice himself are at least as important as his red-gloved uppercut (though you get to see a lot of this, too). Combine all of that with some city-sized Nazi super-bombers and a rocket car or too and I am in my movie happy place.

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A Perfect Storm – Review of Thor

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly style:


This was a really fun movie – there were a lot of laughs and satisfying moments to be had, plus Thor himself seemed to be right on. The special effects were very carefully detailed. The costumes were enjoyable, if a bit cheesy (though they self-spoofed this). A whole lot of fun cameos for the nascent Marvel fanboy in me (I have been staying away since Civil War, more or less). A lot of cool fights with magic weapons. Asgard was very intricately designed. The Destroyer looked quite cool and I actually really liked Loki’s performance.


The effects were definitely heavy on the CGI at times. They seemed to try to mask this with big energy flashes and loud sound effects – it worked to a large extent but could make it hard to see. I think the 3D added to this – it had some rough points, and I think it looked blurry at times. The plot was a bit compressed – probably Thor’s sojourn should have been measured in months or years instead of days. The cheesiness factor was high if you’re expecting something like The Dark Knight.


The CGI / 3D when it got bad. The Frost Giants (in a good way). Generally it was a very attractive movie – I enjoyed all of the fantasy realms, and the little desert / New Mexico sales looked like somewhere I’d like to live and Natalie Portman is always watchable, though her ditzy but gorgeous assistant stole a few scenes from her.

*Written by David, posted by Julie

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