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5 live Review: Captain America

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Mark Kermode | 10:41 UK time, Monday, 1 August 2011

Can Captain America marvel Dr Mark, or will the comic book hero need his shield to defend himself from Kermode's wrath?

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  • Comment number 1.

    I wonder if captain america prefers sun rises or sun sets?

  • Comment number 2.

    Joe Johnston: who crucially directed OCTOBER SKY, which is just one of those films that starts off shaky, but then becomes absolutely perfect. I've seen the more great movies than probably anyone I know, and I can honestly say that October Sky is perfect.

  • Comment number 3.

    *I've seen more great

  • Comment number 4.

    I agree with Mark.
    As popcorn movies go, this is a lot better than you might expect.

    The film-makers are obviously very aware of the cynical eyes of today's audience towards jingoism and that slight anti-American feeling that is slowly creeping in beyond their own country. A misstep too far in bringing this latest superhero to the screen might not only jeopardize their international box office, but also their long-awaited spin-off "The Avengers" of which "Captain America" was the last crucial missing link.

    So instead of falling into the traps of the obvious patriotic gush and just updating the story for the modern audience, into a modern setting, director Joe Johnston decided to stay true to the origins of his hero and kept the story rooted in 194os, during WW2 deciding to concentrate more on the old-fashion moral decency of the characters than their "let's kick some a$$" type of mentality.

  • Comment number 5.

    So glad to hear the love for The Rocketeer from my favourite movie reviewer. It stands as my all time favourite movie, and I'm lucky enough to have a wife that got me the jacket for Christmas a few years ago!

    Captain America was awesome, but The Rocketeer is still my hero.

  • Comment number 6.

    I think I liked Captain America even more than Dr. K did. Here's my own review:

    I also got pix of Hugo Weaving and Chris Evans at last year's San Diego Comic Con (2020):

    The main thing I remember from The Rocketeer was Jennifer Connelly. I'll have to go back and re-watch it.

  • Comment number 7.

    Come on Mark, where's this Big Lebowski review?

  • Comment number 8.

    Still haven't had the chance to see Captain America yet. Will see it next week on the good Dr's recommendation.

    I'l thrilled that Dr K also loves The Rocketeer. A very underrated movie. One of my ALL TIME favourites. Great characters, Timothy Dalton as an OTT villain, very nicely done. Will have to watch it again in preparation of seeing Captain America.

  • Comment number 9.

    I'd have to agree, it is what it is, and what it is is entirely fun and worth at least watching, despite a few minor complaints (Hugo Weaving looking far too much like a man in a rubber mask, Hayley Atwell's character being anachronistically involved in the big final attack in order to make her look tough as nails even though the only reason she's really there is to snog the Captain at the end - hardly a feminist revolution there).

    I have to say though, Thor left me cold - there were bits of it I really enjoyed (the remythologising of Asgard as an alien utopia, the fantastic visuals, Chris Hemsworth and Stellan Skarsgård), other bits felt either incredibly badly done (riding on the back of her performance in "Black Swan", Natalie Portman was irritatingly phoned in...) or felt cheesily derivative of everything from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" to "Hercules in New York". In the end, I suppose I just wasn't as prepared to enjoy Thor as I was with Captain America. Then again, perhaps Thor lowered my expectations for the Avengers series enough for "Captain" to come as a pleasant surprise.

  • Comment number 10.

    What happens when Captain America meets the Fantastic Four?

  • Comment number 11.

    in regards to the VFX of making Chris Evan skinny, it isnt actually a body double. its actually chris evans 100% of the time. lots of VFX compositors died for that effect.

  • Comment number 12.

    "Before Weaving has to beat a hasty retreat to return to his fight blocking, he quickly, and amusingly, describes the Germanic accent sported by his character.

    "I listened to a lot of Werner Herzog talking. And also Klaus Maria Brandauer," Weaving says. "I thought Klaus Maria Brandauer's accent was probably more interesting in one way, but the more I listened to Werner Herzog, the more I found him amusing, so started to lean more towards him. There's something wonderfully mad about him.""

  • Comment number 13.

    This was a very enjoyable old fashioned romp but was let down a bit by a flat ending that lacks the resonance that it is trying for. The music score is great though and it's a pleasure to hear a proper theme tune in a superhero film for the first time in years

  • Comment number 14.

    From what I can gather, "Captain America" was made principally so that "The Avengers" could then be made. A film made for the sake of another film...hmmm, yes, that's just Hollywood all over, isn't it.


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