Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Movie review: Captain America

Title: Captain America: The First Avenger

Year: 2011

What is it about: The usual. Bad guy tries to destroy the world, hero saves the day

Genre: Action

My review: I had never liked Marvel and any of its movies because they seem to be running out of ideas. Some of them is just disappointing. Usually, it's always the same thing over and over again, where the antagonist will try to take over the world and a random superhero will take him down.Often, the antagonist will die in the lamest ways possible.

Captain America, however, is a bit special. I won't deny that there are parts where they are still cliched. But still, this movie is more interesting than it looks. Usually, Marvel superhero movies will take place in a very advanced era. Captain America takes place during World War II, and Hitler's name was mentioned though he has nothing to do with this movie.

One thing I hate about the typical superhero movie is that the heroes are often overpowered to the point where he can just beat the crap out of the bad guy. There are a few who isn't like that, and Captain America is one of them. He don't fight the bad guy alone like many others. He has his own platoon consisting of prisoners of war that he rescued, and they served him loyally. Those people are actually useful. In fact, some of them actually saved Captain America's life.

If you didn't already know who Captain America is, he basically a normal guy made powerful by (I'm quoting someone here) the most American way possible: Steroids. The only powerful thing Captain America has is his shield made up of Vibrium, an extremely strong metal that isn't found on the periodic table and is totally fictional. His shield can block just about anything, and he sometimes uses it as a weapon. Other than that, he merely has a normal handgun which he hardly use.

One major drawback he has is the design of his costume. Sure, his costume looks cool and flashy, but the flashy part will just tell the enemies where he is and where to aim. Even his colourful shield looks like archery targets, but I guess that's okay because it can block anything. It's funny to see him infiltrating enemy territory without being sighted. For all I know, the enemies might be blind.

In conclusion, this movie is worth watching although the bad guy hardly does anything and dies in a lame way. This movie is also an interesting prequel to The Avengers, which is by far the best movie Marvel has ever came up with. In fact, the entire Captain America movie serves to lay out the settings for the Avengers. That's why he's called the First Avenger.

Rating (out of 10): 5

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