Mini-Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Ever since I saw Captain America make an appearance in the Spider-Man animated series from the mid-1990s, I’ve been a fan of Cap. There’s something about this red-white-and-blue soldier out of time that gives him a compelling story whether you learn about him in World War II in his battles against the Red Skull, or when he’s a part of the modern Marvel Avengers squad fighting alongside Iron Man, The Hulk, Hawkeye, and the rest.

When I heard that they were working on a live-action movie for Cap, I was excited but not sure that actor Chris Evans could pull off the role. Evans, who played Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, in a couple of Fantastic Four movies always seemed to be more of a smartass than a true soldier. After seeing him in The Losers, I gained a little hope for Evans in the role of Steve Rogers, the man who would become the super soldier Captain America during World War II.

I can say the cast and crew actually did pull it off in Captain America: The First Avenger, though I think I enjoyed Thor from earlier in the summer more. But the use of the extended flashback to show Cap’s origins worked great and we were able to see Cap fight the good fight in WWII against the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving from The Matrix and Lord of the Rings).

They did an amazing job of making Evans look puny for the scenes prior to his character getting the super soldier serum and I think Evans remained in character and serious all the from beginning to the end. If I have a couple of complaints, it’s that the film was a little long (at 124 minutes) and the sequence where Cap was used to sell war bonds in America through stage shows and film clips dragged things out more than a little.

I’ll give the film a definite B+ and be picking it up on Blu-ray when it’s released in a few months.

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Upcoming Movie Schedule (April 2011 – August 2011)

Hey there…

Considering that Summer Movie season (yes, I know it’s just Spring) will be starting up soon, I wanted to make sure I had my calendar of movie releases ready to go…

I’ll mark these with an asterisk (*) system…

  • * = Renter
  • ** = Film to see with my family (possibly)
  • *** = Film to see with my wife
  • **** = Film to see no matter what

April 2011

May 2011

June 2011

  • X-Men: First Class, June 3****
  • Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, June 10*
  • Super 8, June 10****
  • Green Lantern, June 17****
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins, June 17**
  • Cars 2, June 24****

July 2011

August 2011

I find it interesting that there are more movies in April than in June or July that I want to see… Why is that?

Question: Did I miss any that you’re looking forward to? If so, what are they and why should I see them?

–Fitz

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Movies I’m Looking Forward to through August 2011

Hi there!

I saw this post recently and it inspired me to take a look at the movie schedule. Even now as we’re more than halfway through January 2011, there are numerous movies coming out I’m excited to see. If you go more than six or seven months into the year, the schedule gets a little murky, so I’ll just list them through August.

  • The Mechanic – January 28
  • Battle: Los Angeles – March 11 (see the trailer here)
  • Sucker Punch – March 25
  • Thor – May 6
  • Priest – May 13
  • X-Men: First Class – June 3
  • Super 8 – June 10
  • Green Lantern – June 17
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon – July 1
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II – July 15
  • The First Avenger: Captain America – July 22
  • Cowboys and Aliens – July 29
  • Conan – August 19

Other movies I’ll probably see with my family at the theater or on DVD include:

  • Gnomeo & Juliet – February 11
  • I Am Number Four – February 18
  • Rango – March 4
  • Mars Needs Moms – March 11
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules – March 25
  • Rio – April 15
  • African Cats – April 22
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – May 20
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 – May 27
  • Cars 2 – June 24
  • Winnie the Pooh – July 15

Did I miss any? Are there others you think I should add to my list? I hardly ever get to ALL of them, but I hope to get to MOST!

–Fitz

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