Monday Movies Knocked Out Hitler 200 Times!
Captain America: The First Avenger‘s reception was mostly along the lines of “hey, whaddya know! It’s not half bad!” And, you know, it isn’t, although it doesn’t save the superhero movie or anything. The production design will incorporate smart period details like the clunky A/B detonator switches on Cap’s motorcycle or the USO costume that Cap wears on stage in front of the dancing girls, and then switch into hideous teal and orange and oddly futuristic wall panels. Cap’s band of soldiers is a funny tribute to the Great Escape — there’s a British chap, a Frenchman, and a bowler-wearing Irish, then they add in a black guy (who learned French at Howard) and a Japanese soldier (“They’re letting anyone fight?” “I’m from Fresno.”) It’s an odd bit of fantasy — there were no integrated units in WWII, although I learned on Wikipedia that Eisenhower put guns in the hands of African-American soldiers when he came up short at the Battle of the Bulge. Hugo Weaving’s face is so marvelous that they led him keep it on for most of the movie, then do a spectacular job of embedding his unique sneer in the facial musculature of the Red Skull. And Chris Evans is serious and boyish in a manner that’s strange to the pictures. Maybe that was one of the period details; you don’t see it much these days. What did you see, and how did you like it?
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