I saw this over a week ago, but political shenanigans were at an all time high, and so I never got this posted. But Captain America is a relic. He is a character largely created simply for the use of raising patriotism during World War II, and actually was created in early 1941. After the war, the popularity of the character has waxed and waned, until now, when it basically hit rock bottom.
Director Joe Johnston was given what I consider the unenviable task of making a character from a previous era enjoyable to youngsters of today. Here is a character that believes wholeheartedly in truth, justice, and the American way; he believes in the greatness of America. Not something you hear much from Hollywood these days.
We all know that this movie would never have been made, except for the fact that Marvel is gearing up for The Avengers movie next May. (By the way, there is a short preview of that at the end of this movie, FWIW). However, I am glad they finally succeeding in making this movie. Captain America may be a relic…but is also harkens back to yesteryear, when we fought real enemies on a real battlefield, with real heroes. Nothing wrong with bringing a character that lives with those old ideals today.
Chris Evans, in his second stint as a superhero (he was the Human Torch in the ill fated Fantastic Four series) brings a solid performance to the buttoned up pure American hero, Steve Rogers.
This is the Captain America movie that many fans have wanted for years. There will be no sequel, I predict, because the Avengers is basically this movie’s followup. But this movie has brought Captain America back into relevance…quite an achievement in and of itself. I cannot wait for the Avengers next year.