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Captain America: The First Avenger

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Directed by Joe Johnston

This is the latest comic-book movie about a guy who gets made into some sort of super soldier (they don’t spend a lot of time with the details, which is good) in order to help fight World War Two, and it’s cool the way the whole thing almost kinda looks like an old movie and even an old comic book, except it has 3D, and some of it even made us flinch a little, when the stuff came shooting toward our face, which is not what we are looking for in a movie experience (along with having to wear the dumb glasses over our glasses), but whatever, somebody must enjoy it, or they wouldn’t do it, right?

The guy who ends up being Captain America is played by Chris Evans, who is built like a superhero and was in the Fantastic Four, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and The Losers, which was way underrated, and we still can’t believe The Losers grossed about a 10th of what that crappy The Expendables movie did, but anyway, there’s also Hugo Weaving (who will always be the bad guy from The Matrix) as the bad guy, who is the baddest bad guy ever in a WWII-The-Big-One movie because not only is he a Nazi, he doesn’t think Hitler is hard-core enough, yikes. Hayley Atwell (from The Duchess and a bunch of stuff in England) as Peggy Carter is basically the only female in this movie, but she’s pretty and has the whole English accent going on, which is a welcome relief from Tommy Lee Jones and that basset hound luggage store he’s running under his eyes, but as Col. Phillips he provides comic relief in between some intense action sequences.

This film is just a great one of these films, comic-book films, because it’s better than a comic-book film, even though it has hooks in it that link it to all these other Marvel comic-book films, but there’s also a stage show and a musical number and dancing, and the music is a little different, and there’s an aerial combat scene right out of 1940 by way of Star Wars, and it all works, and you don’t need to read a comic book.

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