Regular readers of this blog know that I'm a big fan of Captain America and have been since that day in January 1964 when I went to Tompkins' Drugstore after school and bought AVENGERS #4 off the spinner rack, along with a handful of other early landmark issues such as FANTASTIC FOUR #25, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11, and X-MEN #4. Man, that was a great time to be a ten-year-old comics fan.
Anyway, it was inevitable that I'd watch the recent movie version of CAPTAIN
. Equally inevitable is that I'd carp about some of the changes the filmmakers made from the source material, such as Bucky being all wrong. However, this is one of those cases where all the things the movie gets right far outweigh the things it doesn't. THOR, which I saw, liked a lot, but didn't blog about, falls into the same category. See, you can make changes that I don't necessarily agree with, but if you get the spirit right, such things don't bother me much. It's only when you completely pervert the source material (as in the first HULK movie, the one directed by Ang Lee) that I wind up hating the film. AMERICA
But back to Cap, I think this film is a perfect example of how to do comic book movies correctly: spend plenty of money and take the material seriously. Nothing looks cheesy (well, not too much) and even though most of the film takes place in the Forties, there's not an ounce of post-modern irony to be found. Everything is played straight, as it should be. And especially during the scenes that cover Cap's origin, I felt like I was watching TALES OF SUSPENSE pages scripted by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby come to life, despite the additions of Peggy Carter and Howard Stark to the story at that point.
One more minor complaint: the post-credits scene, a staple of these Marvel movies, didn't amount to much and was the weakest so far. You should watch it, but don't expect a lot.
Overall, I liked CAPTAIN
as much as any movie I've seen in a long time, and the rest of the family (none of whom have ever read a Captain America comic book in their lives) seemed to enjoy it quite a bit as well. Not as much as me, though. AMERICA
Oh, and don't blink, or you'll miss the cameo appearance by the original Human Torch. Man, what a joy an Invaders movie would be, done right . . .