Captain America: The First Avenger (s’ prequel on Blu-Ray)

Captain America: The First Avenger is a decent prologue for next years The Avengers and really nothing more. It’s a well made, well-meaning action adventure with a great cast.

The amazing Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull. Though I still can hear him saying “Mr Anderson” even in that German accent.

The beautiful Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter.

The woman is gorgeous.

Chris Evans‘ pec muscles. As well as Chris Evans himself. And the under appreciated Stanley Tucci.

But as always Tommy Lee Jones steals whatever movie he’s in while he’s on-screen. The man is awesome.

My biggest problem with the film is the scale of Steve Rogers when he’s scrawny. His height fluctuates more than the Hobbits in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Get some stand-ins people! These height changes are off-putting. But other than that it’s perfect.

However the movie is obviously just the necessary precursor to what Marvel is thinking will be their biggest money-maker of all time, The Avengers.

The origin story requires its own stand alone film but it makes it possible for the second movie to be wall to wall action. Spider Man 2, Superman 2, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, The Hulk, etc. Captain America: The First Avenger is just what the title suggests; it’s the first Avengers movie.

After the feature (on the DVD & Blu-Ray discs) there is a teaser for The Avengers that made me have to go change my pants (Everyone has seen it by now I’m sure) and it clarifies the reason for this movie and Thor for that matter. And I can’t wait. With Joss Whedon directing The Avengers, I’m expecting big things. I have been a huge fan of Joss Whedon‘s writing and of his TV shows since Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I sure hope he is up to the challenge of making something as large and spectacular as this. And I also hope he finds a way to make a true ensemble action film. Something like The Seven Samurai or The Dirty Dozen. Something like Oceans 11 or other similar all-star cast heist movies. I hope it lives up to the hype. But at this point how could it.

– Sloth


2 thoughts on “Captain America: The First Avenger (s’ prequel on Blu-Ray)

  1. I was a big fan of the comic book. Both Captain America and the original Avengers. One dynamic in the book that I hope they keep (although I doubt it) is the political struggle between Iron Man and Captain America. In the comic Iron Man is a Republican hawk and Capt. America is an FDR Liberal Democrat. They are constantly at odds with each other and fight for both leadership and the soul of the Avengers. It adds philosophical spice to what could just be another action adventure.


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