Captain America

I think Captain America is a perfect example of how a work of art can be good no matter how hard people try to make it bad.

I’ve said ever since they announced there would be a legitimate Captain America movie that it should take place in the 40s when patriotism was just and right.  That way they could get away with a few things – like Cap’s costume and having a sidekick and possibly the campiness of Red Skull – and they would also be able to incorporate themes embedded into the American psyche like WWII, Nazis, and “the 90 pound weakling”.  They did that.

I’ve said ever since they announced there would be a legitimate Captain America movie that it would be a perfect opportunity to use CGI in an unobtrusive way: they could use it to enhance Steve Roger’s smallness in the beginning, use it to emphasize his largeness toward the end, and use it to do justice to Red Skull (instead of just using horrible make up).  They did that.

I’ve said ever since they announced there would be a legitimate Captain America movie that they should use this as a subtle – A SUBTLE! – jumping off point for an Avengers movie.  They did that.

And yet they hired Joe Johnston, the genius who gave us the ridiculous Jumanji and the unwatchable Jurassic Park 3.  Because of him (or maybe he just keeps having shitty editors) the cuts are jumpy, the montages are confusing, the pace is all over the map, and the music is loud and distracting (and pretty campy, but I don’t know if that’d be his fault).

But despite his best efforts, the writing is solid and the acting is good enough.  Unlike Thor or The Hulk, I see can a sequel to this.

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