Captain America–Orion’s Take
The best word to describe a movie like Captain America is “vintage.” Captain America literally came into being as a Nazi-fighting superhero in the 1940s, so it’s no surprise that the villain of the film is a Nazi super soldier, albeit one with greater ambition than might be expected. But back to the point: this is a vintage film with vintage characters. The good guy is a good guy. The bad guy is a bad guy. They fight. Mayhem ensues.
This is not to say that the mayhem that ensues is entirely without character of its own. I enjoyed watching the transformation of a patriotic if weak-bodied man into Captain America, especially since that transformation took more than a secret serum. Steve Rogers goes from a nobody with a dream to a dancing monkey to a real American hero, and boy, is it fun to watch. It’s a lot more fun than Thor, for sure. There’s grit to balance the kitsch, a certain subtlety to match the cheesiness. And most importantly for me, there is character. The casting is well done for this: Chris Evans plays a convincing Steve Rogers, Tommy Lee Jones is great as usual as a grizzled Colonel, and Hugo Weaving plays an excellent villain (though the accent was a little eh). The interactions between these three and the love interest Hayley Atwell (played by Peggy Carter) make for fun viewing when the audience isn’t watching Captain America bash some Hydra heads in.
I simply couldn’t take this film seriously. And that was a good thing for the movie, because taken seriously it makes no sense. But taken as it is, a film about a man who grows into something great, a film made to have fun and make people laugh, it is successful enough to warrant seeing. This review is short because there isn’t much to say–watch this film if you like superheroes and if you want to have a little fun.
See also: Apple’s Review (2.5/5)