Grumpy Book Grrrl

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I’ve been very hesitant to watch the final two Avengers movies because I hate tragedy and drama. So, I’m going to re-watch all of the Marvel Universe movies chronologically and see if I can properly prepare myself emotionally.

Number one was Captain America: The First Avenger. The film continues to be enjoyable for me. The movie takes place during World War II when America was fighting Hitler and Nazi Germany.

Hugo Weaving plays the Red Skull, Johann Schmidt, head of H.Y.D.R.A, the Nazi deep science division. I had forgotten that Dominic Cooper played Howard Stark.

I really liked Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter. I love Emily Blunt, and apparently she turned down the role. I’m sure she would have done a great job, but I can’t picture anyone else as Peggy.

After his transformation, Steve tries to be a good sport and appear in advertisements to raise money for the war. Children and regular citizens start to view him as a celebrity, but his fellow soldiers still won’t accept him. When he rescues 400 soldiers being held prisoner at a HYDRA facility and Johann escapes, Captain America forms a special forces infantry unit to pursue.

Stark provides Captain America with a new suit and his shield, made of vibranium, which is manufactured in Wakanda (thanks Amazon Prime “X-Ray” version).

I thought it was a bit stereotypical to have Peggy be jealous over Steve kissing a female soldier. They weren’t together or even close to being romantically involved at the time. When he asks her what she thinks of the vibranium shield, she fires four rounds into it and says, “Yes, I think it works.” Seems a bit petty to me. Jealousy is not an attractive trait.

There is not much diversity in the film except for Derek Luke as Gabe Jones and Kenneth Choi as Jim Morita, who play small supporting roles as part of Steve’s elite infantry squad.

I had completely forgotten about that scene on the train with Bucky.

Aside from some “clever” one-liners, there isn’t a whole lot of comedy, but as an action-adventure film, it performs well.

There is the obligatory kiss before Steve goes off to fight the Red Skull which I found a bit cheesy. How many movies have done that before? I suppose it is somewhat poignant, however, considering Captain America would be flying into the ice to sleep for 70 years after the scene.

One thing I noticed was Cap didn’t need any combat or physical training. Once his body was reconfigured and he got all pumped up with muscle and height, he instantly knew how to kick ass. Was that part of the serum or did they just skip the scenes where he learned to fight? How would you instantly know? This isn’t The Matrix and it’s not like having a ripped body would instantly give you master-level fighting skills.

He did know how to street fight as Original Steve. But does that count? Okay, I’ll allow it. Regardless, I won’t pick it apart too much. It was fun and Chris Evans is the perfect Captain America.

★★★★☆

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