I saw Captain America: The First Avenger last weekend (yeah, this post is slightly late) and I liked it more than I thought I would. There were two reasons why I was a bit hesitant to like this movie:
1) Wasn’t Captain America created purely for pro-US propaganda reasons?
2) Captain America is a Marvel superhero and I’m more a DC type of girl.
And yet, it surprised me.
You usually see a person acquire super powers and then rise to the occasion of becoming a hero. Granted, not always, but usually. This was the opposite.
In the movie, Steve Rogers, the soldier who was pumped full of the serum that turned him into a super soldier, already had the mentality of a hero way before he became super. He meant all that he said about why he wanted to go fight in war that he was deemed to weak and frail for multiple times. Most importantly, I believed that Rogers believed in every word he said.
I was never a big fan of Chris Evans (not that I disliked him, I just didn’t think of him one way or the other) but I am now. He really succeeded in portraying Rogers as a moral, earnest human being who wanted to do the right thing purely for the sake of it being right. Because of that, this whole movie worked. Captain America could have gone another way entirely but fortunately for the whole franchise of Avengers movies, it didn’t.
Captain America: The First Avenger – who knew it was going to be this good? Check it out if you can.
Further reading – check out my post on What Makes a Hero?
Okay, I know I said I didn’t think anything good or bad about Chris Evans, but I have to admit that his parody of A-list actor in Scott Pilgrim Vs The World was pretty good.