Listen closely, dudes, I am not damning with faint praise here. Captain America is the best of the superhero movies that came out this summer.
It’s also one of the best movies to come out this summer. Period.
Can you tell that I loved the movie?
With all three of the young dudes out of town and my wife, known to me as She Who Must Be Working On Her Charts All The Time, not available, I had to go see the movie all on my lonesome. I couldn’t even pretend I was going with the young dudes. It was all me. And I was okay with that.
I’ve been a comic-book geek for so very long it’s a little late for me to start denying it now.
The big stumbling block for me going in to this movie had to have been the CGI shrimp. That is, buff star Chris Evans, had his face superimposed over the body of a 98-pound weakling for most of the movie’s first act. I’m not a big fan of the uncanny valley where people almost look like people, but this wasn’t actually that distracting. Using the muted color palate that brings to mind sepia-toned yesterdays, the movie actually made the CGI body in the WW II era.
Steve Rogers has been turned down five times in his desire to serve in the armed forces during World War II. At one point, he’s asked if he’s anxious to go over and kill a lot of Nazis. Steve replies that, no, he doesn’t want to kill anyone. He just can’t stand bullies. And that, right there, encapsulates who Captain America is and should be.
The casting is uniformly excellent, starting with Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America. Stanley Tucci as Dr. Erskine, the inventor of the super soldier serum that transforms Rogers from a bit player in his own story to the pinacle of human achievement known as Captain America, is amazing.
Working as a lead-in to 2012’s Avengers movie, Captain America does its share of heavy lifting in that department, but never gets bogged down by the responsibility of setting up the next movie. The script is funny, fast-paced and dramatic. It’s got lots of explosions for the little dudes and lots of just-plain fun for everyone.
For the comic-book geeks out there, the movie’s got a ton of Easter egg moments that only serve to give that little extra that can take a movie from good to great. This movie is great.
I’d give it an easy 5 dudes out of five. Seriously, get yourself to the movies right now and start enjoying.