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3.0 out of 5 stars Ought to suck more than it does..., 23 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Captain America - The First Avenger [DVD] (DVD)
Garth Ennis, author of anti-superhero comic The Boys, has famously said that he dislikes superheroes. As something of a war history buff, he reckons that the character of Captain America is downright offensive. WW2, he argues, was a horrific event which imposed incalculable suffering upon millions of people. And Captain America reduces it to muscley blokes in colourful costumes punching each other.

I largely agree, plus 2-dimensional icons have much less appeal to me than realistic characters. So I only watched this film because of its Avengers Assemble tie-in, in the hope that it would be better than Thor (it was about the same, although a female nerd friend who nicknamed him 'Phwoar' clearly found the Norse 'god' more appealing). As a stand-alone movie, it doesn't even bring much to the table. The simplistic 'misfit becomes an all-American hero & defeats an evil Nazi' plot is unoriginal & devoid of any interesting twists. Summed up in just over 90 minutes, there is a lengthy Avengers tie-in epilogue to flesh it out to 2 hours.

But then there's the script.

It's just so charming, darn it! Somehow I found cappy much more engaging than I ever thought possible. The whole thing was silly & unoriginal but also incredibly fun. The set action pieces weren't particularly inventive & the plot was one we've all seen thousands of times before. But the slower character-building scenes saw Chris Evans shine, illuminating some rather nice dialogue with just the right balance between straight acting & self-deprecating irony. An action film where the action scenes are the weakest points.

This generic & unashamedly corporate b-movie blockbuster won't be remembered as a classic but it has a certain quirky, nerdy charm. Without this it would have been terrible. As it stands it's eminently watchable, in an undemanding way. But still one to rent instead of buy.
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2013 16:23:46 GMT
lothlorien77 says:
Interesting, except that Joss Whedon wasn't involved in the script for Captain America. Does that make you revise your opinion?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2013 19:23:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Dec 2013 20:09:48 GMT
Sam Woodward says:
Thanks for letting me know, I've amended my review accordingly. Don't know why I assumed that - perhaps because it has a touch of Whedon-esque humour?

But no, it doesn't change my opinion of the film. I still think the surprisingly charming elements of the script are what rescue it, regardless of who wrote it.

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Posted on 2 Oct 2014 20:54:16 BDT
If Mr Ennis is serious about any of that twaddle then he should get out of the comic book biz ASAP. If that was the case then all comic type characters essentially belittle the pain and suffering of anyone who ever got hit in the face or shot or brutalized in any way what soever. In addition they are (at least in terms of mainstream comics) misogynist in the extreme, almost without exception. Captain America was originally conceived in the 40s and to call it unoriginal is rather silly. It should be approached as what it is; childish wish fulfillment to counter something so awful it hardly bears considering. For my money the bromance between Cap and Bucky has far more chemistry than Thor and Jane whatsherface in both crappy Thor films put together. Watch it after Winter Soldier and it acquires so much more depth than any of the other Marvel films. So there.
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