Sunday, July 24, 2011

Four Stars (and Stripes)

Last night a big group of us got together and went to see Captain America. The biggest accomplishment of the night was that we managed to get twelve seats together in a packed theater. We had some serious service issues at dinner beforehand, but this isn't a review about that, it's about the latest Avenger flick.

They did some things I always wanted to see in a Cap flick, namely squarely setting the action in World War II. I would've liked to see more details in this department, but it was still cool. The Howling Commandos were present, just not by name. They were kind of cameo at best really, but Dum Dum's signature 'stache was on screen, that's good enough for me.

There weren't any blatant Avengers movie tie-ins, but I was surprised at all of the tie-ins Captain America had with the Thor movie that just came out. The cast was solid, the action wasn't too over the top, and the effects were spot-on. I say the cast was "solid", but Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull was just plain awesome.

Four out of five stars, as the title says, that's what I would give it. It wasn't a cinema masterpiece, but the trend of "better than bad" comic book movies continues.

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