Thursday, July 21, 2011

Captain America

This was a fun movie to sit through, even a little bit funner than Thor which I thought was decent itself.  Much like Thor though, once was enough.

One of the things the newer Batman movies have going for them is that they're scripted like a car going around a race track, once.  There's slow turns, fast dips, blind hills, speedy straight aways, etc.  With the Marvel movies they seemed to be scripted as an eventful drive to work: there's waking up, making breakfast, the drive along the highway where they're building something impressive along the road, and then an overturned tanker of bacon grease or something in the on coming traffic lanes.  After that it's off to the parking garage, work, and then an eventful drive home, hopefully (in the case of Iron Man 2, not so much luck).

In other words, there's too much that's uninteresting that's going on, too much talking (though Captain America is better scripted than most), too much returning to the same places and doing similar things, and poorly paced and/or insufficient action.

A slightly different issue here is that, unlike every other comic hero movie, I actually have some vague familiarity with the Captain America comics. The movie tries hard to capture the spirit, but in the end the issue is that a single movie sized container just doesn't seem big enough to cram Captain America into in the manner that they've attempted. Despite the slight dearth of action, the whole thing feels rushed as the story seems to get pulled in a dozen different unrelated directions ('Backstory', 'Diversity Team', 'Non-Nazi Nazis', 'Avenger Crap', etc!).

Given Marvel's track record, I have to wonder about the wisdom of cramming all these Avenger characters into one movie when they have such a hard time doing even one of them justice.

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