This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.
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July 23, 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger 3D (2011)
When it's over, I really enjoyed the film's special effects, action sequences, and nostalgia. Yeah, it was a bit cheesy in some scenes, but overall, it was entertaining. I really liked how this film showcased Howard Stark and Stark Industries linking it seamlessly to Iron Man and the upcoming Avengers movie (there's a nice clip of the film after the credits). This film's very reminiscent of the 1991 movie Rocketeer, which isn't surprising since both Rocketeer and Captain America were directed by the same man, Joe Johnston. I wasn’t too surprised by the lack of character development as it seems to be the norm lately with most comic book adaptations. I get this feeling, that as a viewer, I’m suppose to know the histories of the characters from the comic books prior to the film, which is an assumption producers shouldn't make. Actor Chris Evans holds up well as Steve Rogers, the pint-size soldier with a big heart turned superhero when he agrees to participate in a top secret military project. Evans looks the part from beginning to end, thanks in part to special effects and photoshop to make him look thin and frail in the early parts of the film. Also, there’s something in the way Evans’s put together – I think it's his old fashioned boyish hair cut that keeps his character sincere, innocent, and likable throughout the film. No comic book story would be complete without the girl, and the task fell to British actress, Hayley Atwell playing Peggy Carter, who was able to add some gumption to her otherwise boring character.One character I didn’t like was Johann Schmidt (aka: Red Skull) played by Hugo Weaving. The Red Skull looked like a cross between Skeletor from the He-Man days and Jim Carrey's The Mask, but red. The Red Skull wasn't menacing like what you'd expect from a comic book villian, thus not a worthy foe for Captain America.