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Captain America (2011)
Reviewed by Sarah Arnold, © 2011

Format: Movie
By:   Joe Johnston
Genre:   Superhero / war movie
Review Date:   July 21, 2011
RevSF Rating:   9/10 (What Is This?)

Captain America is everything that you want in a comic book movie this summer. Thor was a good movie and a fun time but Captain America seals the deal for the Avengers movie series.

Captain America tells the story of a young man who is brave, loyal, and pig-headed but a 90 pound weakling. Steve Rogers wants to fight the good fight, he wants to join his buddies and stop those Nazis.

After numerous rejections he is recruited for a super top secret military program looking to build super soldiers to “personally escort Adolf Hitler to the gates of hell."

Things don’t really end up this way for Steve and the movie does a good job of not falling into the same tropes and predictable plot points that Green Lantern did.

Captain America does a good job, as well, in not over-playing to the comic nerd crowd. If you haven’t read a single issue of The Avengers or Captain America you won’t be lost. The sidekicks are loveable and the villains are hate worthy.

If you do know the comics you’ll see familiar faces. Chris Evans does a great job of making Steve Rogers a compelling character and a true underdog that is just happy to have the chance to fight. Since this movie leads directly into the Avengers movie coming in 2012, certain over-arcing elements are established. The movie isn’t as much of a cliffhanger as it could be, in which only the comic nerds know what’s coming.

The best feeling you first get from walking away from this movie is Tommy Lee Jones.

He steals every scene he’s in and delivers his gruff military persona to a T. I’d go see this movie again just for him.

The crowds will be large for this one for awhile, so buy your tickets in advance.

RevolutionSF reviewed the other Captain America movies, too. Here's the one with the rubber ears son from 1991 and here are the TV movies with the giant motorcycle helmet from the 1970s.

Sarah Arnold blogs about geek doings for Do512 and corrupts the minds of tomorrow as a college academic adviser. Even though stained with the blood of the innocent, Arnold manages to keep her hands remarkably soft and tender. Must be the Palmolive.

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