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Avengers Week: #9 of #10- CAPTAIN AMERICA

May 3, 2012

Note from T, The Focused Filmographer:

Welcome to AVENGERS WEEK! -where we take a more-or-less chronological shared look at the “prequel” films and characters in preparation for The Avengers. In case you missed the introductory post explaining the exciting entire week, please visit HERE. Let the festivities BEGIN!

Today, Tajuana from TajGreeneMovieInReviews shares her review of Captain America and her thoughts/expectations of the hero in The Avengers! Thank you, Tajuana.

Trailer

Review:

Well I can at least say that this film was alot better than I thought it would have been. Critics have been giving it exceptionally high marks. I mean it was good, but I wouldn’t rate it a four star film. (Note from T: I did! 🙂 haha! I actually gave it 4.5 stars! Check out my review HERE if you wish!) Captain America has to be the dullest Avenger out of them all in my opinion…don’t get mad at me, just my opinion. However, the movie wasn’t as dull as I think Captain America is…thank goodness.

yep…dull. 😉

Although I find Chris Evans to be a nice fit as Captain America I did find his voice to be super annoying as the emaciated Steve Rogers. Evans voice was way too deep, and it just made his character as Steve Rogers sound unbalanced. As far as the movie itself is concerned, the story was just ok. If it weren’t for the great acting skills of Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, and Hayley Atwell, this movie would have been alot worse. There were a lot of fist fights and gun battles, and not enough super hero stuff going on. I come to the movies to see my Marvel heroes be Extraordinary, not Ordinary…unfortunately Captain America is ordinarily borderline.

Character Thoughts/Expectations:

When it comes to the Avengers, you can’t take away the fact that Captain America is The First Avenger. He may not be the most interesting, or the best when it comes to abilities…but he is The First, and that stands for something. He is the start of the super human/hero movement. This alone makes him an important piece to the Avengers.

I can’t say I have high expectations for Captain America in The Avengers Movie. Although I think Chris Evans is great, he doesn’t have the presence of chops to outshine Downey or Hemsworth. I am hoping to see Captain America do more, and become The Avengers leader, but I honestly think his abilities will get outshined by Iron Man and Thor. Again, Captain America is the dullest Avenger. He has genuine compassion, selfless heart, an awesome shield, and a mean right hook, and for some reason this is not enough for me.

I want to see more…more of Captain America’s strengths, and less of Chris Evans prosthetic feet…Im just sayin.

Click the picture to enlarge and get a better look at them.

Movie Thoughts/Expectations:

My overall hopes for The Avengers may be a bit higher than I think this film will actually satisfy. The trailer looks great, but quite honestly, the story makes no sense to me. I’m praying that it was edited that way purposely to create an element of surprise. I’m very interested to see how all the characters mesh together. I must say that I am a little disappointed that Edward Norton did not reprise his role as The Hulk in this film. I hope Mark Ruffalo knows he has big shoes to fill. Although I am hoping to be amazed, I get the feeling like this may be a blockbuster disappointment…lol. -Tajuana

Don’t Forget: Vote for your choice of Avenger in the Special Edition of “Time to Vote Tuesday” HERE.

Up Next: My review of The Avengers after viewing it twice already! I bring you an exclusive look at the film along with some of those who were a part of the movie! Don’t miss it!! Stay Tuned.

T, The Focused Filmographer

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. jackdeth72 permalink
    May 3, 2012 3:09 pm

    Hi, Tajuana, Terrence and company:

    Nice, concise and even review!

    I was not all that impressed with ‘Captain America: TFA’ . Outside of the period piece feel of things happening in New York and cool toys for HYDRA. I was expecting a whole lot more than a CGI buffed up Jensen from ‘The Losers’. In a film that is far too rushed and shows too many signs of ‘Beating to fit and Painting it to match!” A extra 30 or 40 minutes would have done wonders for plot, story and character development.

    Cap has been the leader of ‘The Avengers’ in the Marvel universe, due to his longevity, Though in film. It will be a toss up between heavy hitters, Iron Man and Thor as to who calls the shots. With the Hulk as muscle. While the Black Widow and Hawkeye seem to be there to get into trouble and dangerous situations.

    With all that, if there’s a writer/director around who can make it all work. Whedon is more than up to the task!

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    • May 3, 2012 7:32 pm

      Just had to point out, Evans isn’t buffed up by CGI in the film. Those are his real muscles. The CGI was used to make him look skinny before the super-soldier treatment, not the other way around.

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      • May 4, 2012 3:36 am

        And I thank Tajuana for putting in that image from Capt. America in this post 😀

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  2. May 3, 2012 6:27 pm

    This review is great! It’s just different from the hooplah on the internet from the fans about the film. From what it seems like through your review is there was hardly any ‘superhero’ action, which is disappointing; Captain America is a superhero! At least this version is better than the original Captain America film. I’ll still be holding out for Cap to have serious interaction with Iron Man!

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  3. May 3, 2012 7:39 pm

    I have to say, I’m more in line with T. on how much I enjoyed this film. I gave it a full 5 stars (I don’t do half stars, but if I did, it probably would have been a 4.5, just like T.) I thought it was a great way to re-introduce the character to modern audiences. I’ve never bought into the theory that a genuinely wholesome character is dull… and he certainly won’t be in an ensemble where that provides a lot more ways for personalities to play off each other. (To use the other side’s characters, Superman and Batman are both interesting in their own right, but become considerably more interesting when interacting with each other.)

    I thought the way they blended superhero action and military action via Hydra’s 1940s-sci-fi technology was great. Cap was a military hero to begin with, it fits for that to be how his movie franchise begins.

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  4. May 3, 2012 10:52 pm

    While i love Evans, so far i think this is his weakest performance(this, or his role in fantastic four). I think America just really isn’t a exciting character no matter who’s playing him, although i think perhaps when he’s interacting with other characters(specifically Stark, as they are kind of opposites in a way) his character may show a bit more fire. As for the movie itself, i think it was good but that’s pretty much it

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  5. May 4, 2012 3:38 am

    Great review! Though, I didn’t feel the same way as you. I thought Chris Evans did a great job as the most earnest of comic book heroes in the world, but the plot and story of the film just lacked for me. There was nothing special about it and it did just feel like a prequel to The Avengers, rather than a stand alone film.

    Happy to say that I enjoyed Capt. America in Avengers. He has his place and he fits in well. He’s got a defined role and really excited to see how that plays out as the Avengers franchise grows.

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  6. May 4, 2012 7:28 am

    I love all the comments. Im glad to see that Im not the only one who thought Captain America was a little lack luster. Plain and simple he’s just dull, although Chris Evans made him very eye catching in the film. And don’t get me wrong, the movie was better than I expected…considering.

    As “Dirtywitchclass” said Captain America is not an exciting character. I am however hoping that the chemistry betwwen the Avengers as a whole will help him shine and make him a force to be reckoned with.

    Happy Avengers Day EVERYONE!!! 🙂

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