Captain America: War Propaganda At Its Least Subtle

My boyfriend's dad rented Captain America the other night.  I was OK with this, mainly because Chris Evans is super attractive and I like WWII stuff.  Game on.

Walking around with a literal target on your back.
Steve is a skinny little guy with the heart of a champion.  He is determined to enlist in the army, despite the fact that he has a veritable laundry list of illnesses, conditions, and birth defects that exclude him joining America's finest.  Until a German doctor takes a chance on him, and recommends him for a top secret super di dooper military experiment to create a perfect soldier.

They put poor little Steve in a tube and presumably force feed him spinach, because he pops out of that thing about a foot taller with at least 100 extra pounds of muscle.

I swear to you, this is not the reason why I watched Captain America, ok?

So now that the US government has poured millions of dollars into creating a super soldier, they...use him to sell war bonds?  OK.  But Steve isn't content to stay out away from the war front for long, and a rescue mission provides the perfect opportunity for him to stretch his literal and proverbial muscles.  Captain America is a hero.

But in an attempt to take out a severely sun-burned Nazi baddie, he finds himself on a plane that's about to crash into NY.  He manages to bring it down in the middle of nowhere, thus saving countless lives but dooming himself.  Luckily, Captain America has this whole immortality thing down pat, and he survives the crash.  He is rescued by the government and kept in a 1940s replica hospital room, until he wakes up in the present day and presumably becomes a member of the Super Hero club called The Avengers.

Random Musings:

  • I really like the art design of 1940s New York.  Very snazzy.

    • OK, so Stanley Tucci says that there are so many big guys fighting the war, maybe it's time for a little guy.  So...they take a little guy and turn him into a big guy?  That seems to defeat the entire purpose.

    • I do like the idea of Steve becoming Captain America, the glitzy war bond salesman.  It looks great on camera and everything like that.  But the government just paid a shedload of money to make a super soldier.  So why would you waste that to create what is in essence a glorified showgirl?

    • Can Hugo Weaving just skulk around in the background of every movie, plotting and being evil and twirling his moustache?  Because that would make me happy.

    • Genuine sad times when his friend died. :(

    • I love Stark in this movie.  Totally see where his son gets it from!

    So that's Captain America.  I think it's a great concept with a mediocre execution.  Steve Rogers/Captain America is a really interesting character, and I wish they could have put together a better story to showcase him.  Ultimately this is wish fulfillment for anyone who's ever felt inadequate, so the story kind of writes itself, but...they could have done a better job with it.  I liked Hayley Atwell and thought that she did well in a severely underwritten role.  The bad guys were unmemorable and I kind of didn't really feel very much of anything towards them, which is a bad sign.  I mean, it's Hugo Weaving playing a eviler than average Nazi.  I should hate that guy!  But I was more ambivalent than anything else.  So anyway, in terms of the other superhero movies that came out this year, I liked this more than Green Lantern but way less than X-Men: First Class.  If that means anything.

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    Anonymous said...

    amazing graphics in the transformation

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