Just got back from seeing "Captain America" with dad. All I can say is that, if the point of these Marvel movies is to get me excited for "The Avengers," they're failing miserably. For all the positive hype and reviews it has received, "Captain America" is really no better than "Thor." It's campy and really never takes itself seriously enough to, itself, be taken seriously by the audience. When all is said and done, we've seen almost all of this movie before . . . right down to the hero's love interest walking in on home just as some no-name damsel forces a kiss on him. And while that love interest, Haley Atwell, is gorgeous (reminding me a lot of Rosamund Pike, who I adore) and does well with the role she is given, she is, again, nothing we haven't seen before. In her first scene on camera, she lays out a soldier much bigger than her with one punch. And I thought Steve Rogers was supposed to be the super soldier!
I've seen Chris Evans praised for his title role, but I'm not really sure why. He has the look and nails a couple great lines but, other than that, fails miserably at creating a character with whom the audience has any connection. In two distinct scenes, one where he is supposed to feel shame and one where he is supposed to feel grief, he comes off as utterly stoic . . . and not by design. Tommy Lee Jones is equally hollow in the commanding officer role, utilized to provide a few instances of comic relief more than anything. I'm not sure what to make of Hugo Weaving as the villain, Red Skull. Part of me thinks this was just poor casting. Weaving's two biggest roles were as intelligent, authoritative, yet emotionless characters, playing Lord Elrond in the Lord of the Rings and Agent Smith in the Matrix trilogy. In that sense, he comes off as miscast here playing the fanatical Red Skull, and in what has become typical fashion of most comic book movies, his villain character isn't really developed at all.
Ultimately, I'm left underwhelmed by the prospects of "The Avengers" movie, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury doesn't really help much. The long saving grace thus far is that Joss Whedon is writing and directing. But, while he is known for his ability to provide depth to his characters, how much can he do in a movie featuring so many larger-than-life superheroes? Only time will tell. But, as of right now, my excitement will remain focused on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," which I blogged about below.