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Five spoiler free thoughts for those of you who are going to see Captain America: Civil War this weekend:

  1. Up until it happened, if you would have told me they figured out a way in modern times to make Captain America a bad ass, I would have laughed in your face.  But here we are.
  2. The debut of Marvel Batman. Chadwick is great, they made the suit look great. We know how it starts but there’s still a TON of things left unsaid that sets up his own film. (glancing in another studio’s direction…)
  3. As much as every part of me wanted to roll my eyes at the Star Wars reference…I laughed.  it was pitch perfect.
  4. I had my doubts, but I AM ALL IN ON REBOOTING SPIDER MAN RIGHT AWAY WITH AN ACTUAL TEENAGER AND UNCLE MALIK IS ALL IN ON HOT AUNT MAY! Best parts of the movie.
  5. To review: understood Iron Man’s motivation.  Understood Cap’s motivation.  Understood villain’s motivation.  Funny in several spots. Successfully introduced more than one new hero. Knew when to be funny, knew when to be serious. First must see movie of the summer.

Also, my updated in retrospect review of Batfleck v Boy Scout and all future DC attempts to play catch up until further notice:

Have a good weekend everybody!

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Me, moments ago, to Ben Affleck…

Man…look at this…

 

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The latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been called the one closest to a ‘real movie’.  I get that.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier lets us catch up with Marvel’s resident Boy Scout in a post Avengers world.  Disclaimer for those who don’t know, when it comes to Marvel, I’m a complete ‘casual fanboy’, so the vast majority of inside references, either I have to look up when I get home or have someone else break it down for me.  I say that to say, my higher than normal interest in this film wasn’t due to Scarlett having a more featured role; (that doesn’t hurt but) for me it was all the buzz going in on how this one was influenced by 70s conspiracy thrillers (yes) and featured Robert Redford in a major supporting role (hell yes).  So for me as a film geek, seeing Redford and Sam Jax share a few scenes was damn near worth the price of admission alone.

Without going too deep into plot points for anyone else who hasn’t seen it yet, the theme of this film is ‘Who Can You Trust?’  Are we the good guys, really?  What if you (as a soldier) are waist deep in a war, then you realize you might be fighting for the wrong side?  All philosophical questions I can ponder for years on end (and I have).  No worries for those of you who come for the action, there’s more than enough warships and guns and double crosses to feed the summer movie buzz.  I liked this one a lot more than Thor 2 personally.

So that’s one down.  Peter Parker, I believe you are on deck…

 

We all laughed, but the first thing that was said when the lights came up was “DC, get your shit together!”  And that really sums up Captain America in a way.  It’s another good but not flat out great comic book film that segways perfectly into the upcoming Avengers movie.  Marvel had a plan, they stuck to it, and it’s paying/paid off very well.  I actually liked The Incredible Hulk and most people feel that’s the weak link of the solo films they’ve put out for the characters.

Quick synopsis if this is all foreign to you (as it was for the most part to me): the setting is World War II era New York, a scrawny kid from Brooklyn wants to join the Army and go into battle but he keeps getting rejected.  He has the heart but not the body of a soldier.  Thanks to a ‘secret serum’ he volunteers for, he gets the body and voila (SPOILER ALERT) he becomes Captain America.  Kudos to Marvel for not trying to stick us with two fish out of water heroes in one summer (since we already got Thor).

The tone of Captain America is light; not an ironic ‘superheroes are stupid, kind of way, but a good clean American fun way.  I know little about the character but I appreciated the few in-jokes I was able to recognize (like how the creation of the actual comic book character mirrored what was going on in the world at the time).  And Hugo Weaving is probably the nicest guy on earth, but he was truly born to play these over the top comic book villains.  Red Skull was fairly one dimensional but he still kept me interested throughout.

No one got up after the end credits since Marvel has trained us to wait for the scene after the credits.  In my opinion the one after this film was the best so far (and the one fanboys have been waiting for).

Til next time…