Monday, July 25, 2011

My Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

OMG OMG OMG OMG The Avengers is going to be so cool!!!!! I read online that there was something after the credits after this movie, so of course I had to stay to see what it was. It was the teaser trailer for The Avengers!!!! Now I am super super excited! There are tons of really cool movies coming out next year. Why can't it be 2012 now? Okay, so now that I've got geeking out about The Avengers out of my system, I'll get on to Captain America. It is about this little 90 lb guy named Steve Rogers who keeps getting rejected by army recruiters. A German scientist guy appreciates his motiviation for getting into the army, so he picks him for an experiment which turns him into tall buff Captain America. I read online that they didn't use a body double to make Chris Evans look small, but instead used special effects to shrink him. Even if you had no idea that Chris Evans wasn't that small, you would still be able to tell that it was a special effect, especially around his jawline region. Even though it was noticable, it wasn't so noticable that it was distracting. I think that it would have been better to use a body double, though, and just superimpose his face on there. They did that for the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, and I had no idea that they were not twins. Anyways, this movie was actually really good. Even though he was already The Human Torch, I think that Chris Evans was a great choice for Captain America. I really loved Hugo Weaving as Red Skull. Red Skull's face could have looked totally cheesy, but the excellent make-up combined with Weaving's performance made it really really cool. Tommy Lee Jones was also great as the head army guy. He was sort of to this movie what Michael Caine is to the Christopher Nolan Batman movies, which is a sort of wise voice-meets-comic relief character. This movie combined really cool action sequences with humor, which is what makes a good superhero film. Even the super serious Batman movies have their humorous elements. A part that I thought was really funny was right after he was finished with the procedure and was all buff and tall. He has to go chasing after a bad guy and is still getting used to his new body so he gets a little carried away with running, and ends up running himself into a store window. Of all of the pre-Avengers superhero films to come out, this one was my favorite, so I guess they saved the best for last. My rating: 9/10

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