Well, I finally saw Captain America a couple of nights ago. Here’s my thoughts.
1. Chris Evans was a great Steve Rogers. He pulled off the hero/everyday man element of Cap. He doesn’t like bullies, and was willing to lay his life on the line for his friends and country. This character trait of Rogers especially shown thru in the film, as I suspect it’s not an easy trait to portray. In addition, he looked great(my girlfriend especially enjoyed the shirtless transformation into Cap), and he played The First Avenger humbly and effortlessly.
2. Hugo Weaving as Red Skull. This character has to be Marvel’s best villain on-screen to date. In the past, some of the Marvel Studios’ villains have seemed forced or awkward. For example, Mickey Rourke as Whiplash, Tim Roth as The Abomination, and to a lesser extent, Jeff Daniels as Obby Stane. With Red Skull, Hugo Weaving embraces the purely one-dimensional villain, and seems to have fun playing the Hydra Leader. A great selection for the Red Skull, and I was left wanting more screen time for the villain. I hope he returns down the road, as they left the door open for future appearances.
3. The tie-ins to the Marvel Film Universe. They did a great job of laying down extra back story and tie-ins to the ever-expanding Marvel Film Universe. Loved the references/appearances of Odin, the Tesseract(or the Cosmic Cube as we Marvel nerds know it to be), Howard Stark, and The Howling Commandos.
4. The sneak-peek trailer for The Avengers. Oh man, does it look good. Well, what I could make out anyways. It was hard to really catch anything substantial as all the scenes are like 1 second long. They really know how to create a nerdgasm. This movie should be epic for Marvel nerds and comic book readers, but we’ll have to wait a year to find out how the flagship movie of Marvel Studios pans out. I’m excited.
In the end, this wasn’t quite the movie I had dreamed of, however, to be fair my expectations were fairly high. That being said, they still did a great job at bringing Cap to life. As mentioned in the title of this post, this was the comic book movie I always wanted them to make. Overall, a job well done; however, I would have liked more Cap kicking ass and less US show storyline, or maybe I’m just getting tired of origins storylines.
Overall, better than The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2. On-par with the first Iron Man and Thor. One last thought, Isn’t it a great time to be a Marvel nerd and comic book fan?