Monday, July 25, 2011

Captain America

I remember when I was growing up that Captain America was a cartoon. I’m not exactly sure what station it was on but it was part of a series of Marvel Comics super heroes. There was Thor and the Submariner and I think the Incredible Hulk.

Here was the theme song:

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.

Needless to say I was thinking of that when I went and saw Captain America on Sunday. I decided I needed to get out of the house a little. The only option was to go to the movies since it was way too hot to do anything else.

I saw the movie at the Majestic in Silver Spring. I went to the 10:35 am show. It was $9.50. With this ticket purchase I’d earned enough points to get a free small drink. That would have been $4.75 so in a way you could say I only paid $4.75 for the show.

I really enjoyed the movie. I was a little concerned how they would make Chris Evans look like a short 95 pound weakling. He’s this way for about the first quarter of the movie. It is pulled off very well.

There’s one funny scene where the company Evans is assigned too is doing a run. They come to a flag pole (Evans is the last guy to get there). The sergeant says that anyone who gets the flag from the top of the pole gets to ride home to base in the jeep that is accompanying the run. Several guys try to climb the pole but are unsuccessful. Evans takes a look at the pole and removes the two pins holding the pole to the base. The pole falls over and Evans retrieves the flag and gets to ride home on the jeep.

In the jeep is Evan’s love interest played by Hayley Atwell. And for once the love story actually works in the film instead of stopping the movie dead in its tracks like happened in Thor and especially Green Lantern.

I think Evans does a great job of portraying Steve Rogers. He tries over and over to join the army because he just wants to fight the Nazis but is always labeled 4F. When asked at one point if he wants to kill Nazis he says he doesn’t want to kill anyone but he hates bullies. And he should know all about being bullied that’s shown on a couple of occasions.

Hugo Weaving is the villain of the piece he plays the Red Skull. He's actually a very good villain. It's nice to see a good one for a change that's actually really evil and shows that he's really evil.

Now Avenger fans pay attention because there are all sorts of clues and hints to that movie coming out next summer. The Red Skull breaks into a castle and steals an energy source left by the gods i.e. Odin. The guy making all the gadgets for the Americans is Howard Stark. That would be Tony's dad. Then make sure you stay throw all of the credits (I had to make a quick dash to the bathroom because of the coke I had but got back in time) because there is an actually scene from the upcoming Avengers movie.

In all Captain America is very well done and is a fun afternoon. Enjoy.

1 comment:

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

I'm pretty sure the show on on WMAQ, Channel 5 in Chicago (maybe WBBM Channel 2). Also, it had Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Spiderman, and that's how I learned all the theme songs.

Naturally, YouTube has a video of the opening of the "Captain America" cartoon, which includes the theme song.