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Captain America (2011) Movie Review

July 25, 2011

“Captain America” stands out from the recent string of superhero movies with its stylized period-film look and proper orchestral score.  Despite its appearances, there is no real connection to history here.  The film seems to dance around the idea of the war it is fighting and avoids showing any realistic action.  Instead of Nazis, we are presented with the fictional enemy organization known as Hydra with its silly weapons shooting blue balls of energy that vaporize humans on contact.

The movie felt like it was nothing more than an introduction to the character of Captain America to prepare audiences for his appearance in the upcoming movie “The Avengers”.  The movie takes its time introducing us to the man before he became a superhero.  Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is presented as a lanky, short boy of a man who is repeatedly ostracized, because of his appearance, by anyone whom he informs that he wishes to serve in the military.

Yet, despite his eventual transformation and injection with strange serum that gives him super-human strength, he is not assigned to any missions because his superiors only remember him for the man he once was and not the man he has become.  His time, and the audiences, is wasted through the silly campaigning he is hired to engage in, dancing on the stage with a bunch of girls in short skirts to raise funds.

It is only through Captain America’s determination and strength of heart that he forces his way into enemy lines against the wishes of his superiors, managing to achieve some level of recognition that he has talents.  After the movie gains its footing, the story remains barely functional with a campaign against the leader of Hydra, cutting off its many heads in the form of its numerous weapons factories.

Yet, despite the seemingly never-ending struggles that were required to reach this point in the story, many of the later victories seem far too easily won.  It is as if the men wielding such powerful weapons are not well trained because they are easily bested by a muscle man and his few lackeys as they systematically take down base after base until they discover Hydra’s ultimate goal.

Alan Silvestri provides the film with an orchestral score that is miles better than any other recent superhero score yet manages to feel somewhat lacking despite its orchestral sound and foundation in a theme.  The music is given a chance to shine through prominence in major scenes in which the theme is used to provide a feeling of triumph and majesty.  However, with the wonderful Captain America’s March used at the beginning of the end credits I couldn’t help feel that the score used in the film could have been even better if it had gone for a more traditional sound closer to that of the march.

Overall “Captain America” is a fun romp that is brought down by a slow beginning.  Despite its shortcomings, there is some solid action here and a good amount of humor in the dialogue.  For those interested in an early look at “The Avengers”, there is a trailer you can watch if you stay after the credits.




From → Action, Comic-Book

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