Captain America, FUCK YEAH.
Over the past week, I found myself in West Virginia to visit my family and attend my (twentieth!) high school reunion. While there, Stacey and I managed to catch a matinee showing of Captain America: The First Avenger.
Holy fuck was this filled with awesome.
“Kicking the ever-living shit out of Nazi ass” has always been a favorite fantasy of mine, and Captain America delivers that in spades.
Well. Sort of. There are Nazis, but the main enemy is Hydra, one of Hitler’s secondary research arms. What would happen if there were super-humans during World War II? Well. That’s what we get to find out.
There’s a strange mirror here. We all know that the Axis powers were the ones concerned with “ubermensch” – supermen – and tried to find ways to create them. In the movie, the Allies succeed where the Nazis fail.
The story concerns itself with one Steve Rogers. Steve is a 90 pound weakling from Brooklyn. He has asthma and a host of other ailments that prevent him from protecting his professed love: America. He continually gets given the boot whenever he enlists to fight overseas.
However, Steve is a plucky duck – rather unique, in fact. He never quits. He hates bullies. He is willing to lay his life down, however meagre it is, to save others – and demonstrates this.
All of which proves that he is The One.
Steve is given a Serum by a Scientist. It makes him stronger. Faster. Taller. Muscles throb under his skin afterwards.
And then he goes out to kick an unholy amount of Nazi^H^H^H^HHydra ass. That’s pretty much what this movie is about: ass kicking in the 1940s. Captain America is to “ass kicking” as The Wire is to “thoughtful examination about the war on drugs”.
Being a comics nerd, I am familiar with Cap’s origin and all the weird (and campy) details involved (such as him clocking Hitler in the jaw on the cover of his first issue). The movie pays homage where needed and does its level-best to incorporate some of the more difficult elements into its baseline (such as Bucky). It is a solid story, well told.
We saw it in 3D, so the colors were muted. See it in 2D.