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Captain America

So it seems my bi-centennial blog goes to Captain America. Recently I crossed the century marker with my movie series, but now I’ve written two hundred blogs in total, (and I’m crossing that marker with the Star-Spangled Banner).

This stars-and-stripes hero happens to be a personal favorite of mine. After becoming an Avengers fan several years back I quickly took a liking to their leader and his unapologetic courage. Steve Rogers stood for everything my American family raised me on: freedom in the face of fear and determination despite the doubts.

Last night I bore witness to this truth as it stood on the silver screen. Paramount Pictures adaptation colored the room with red, white, and blue; glowing from beginning to end with patriotism and pride. Chris Evans portrayed the hero with the humility required, and Hugo Weaving, (in incredible make-up), assumed the role of the villain brilliantly. The Allies fought a rogue Axis element, and the action that ensued played out in eye-popping 3D. It was a fun film, and one for the whole family.

Yet, there was an urge for something more. Whether it was greater depth in the narrative, or more blood spilled upon the battlefield I do not know. Whatever it was certainly cynical in nature. For this was a movie of good triumphing over evil, a victory that seems so silly to adults. As youngsters we pitch imaginary battles in our city streets and fight invisible enemies. Make believe bombs and bullets wiz by us while we fight on unscathed. At the end of these pretend adventures we stand triumphant over our enemies, waving the banner of all that is good.

Then we grow up, and our hearts once pure become corrupted by the doubts that such a state is wise one. We endeavor to do all our mothers advised against. Our hopes are dashed and our faith set aside for acceptance. We allow the bullies their victories in hopes that we may survive on the scraps. Grumbling under the weight of such burdens our spirits drift as our bodies go through the motions.

Why?

Why don’t we take up that shield the world will mock us for holding? Why don’t we wear our colors atop our skin with the pride we long to make known? It’s because we’re scared. However, I learned recently that everyone is terrified, but the pure in heart see that such emotions are best set aside.

Captain America is a film that reminds the youth to stay strong in the face of fear, no matter how frightening it may appear. To my younger self I hope to make amends, and charge towards an honest victory… shield in hand.

 

Sincerely,

My Life at the Movies

 

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Cap is my boy!  Im hyped to see this but not as hyped as I was to see Thor (which I saw twice in theatre).

    I get the feeling you thought you would like it a lot more than you actually did.  I’m interested to see what Disney does going forward.

    • Anonymous

      I loved it, but in being an adult it lacked the grit I assume is necessary for enjoyable action. It is far from gritty, but it is also far from bad. It is a beautiful homage to a character who deserves to be as family oriented as the movie made him out to be. Red Skull looked AMAZING! The story was very full and rewarding as well. The only real beef I have was no extras after the credits. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    i really enjoyed this movie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

    I thought the film was great, loved it. Not a huge fan of the Captain America character, but with that being said, they stayed very true to the comics and I respected that. Great take on the film as well Jon. But what do you mean no extras after the credits? You didn’t see the Avengers trailer!?

    • Anonymous

      No, they did not have that for the premiere. It is good to see that they had that for the regular scheduled showings at least. I was truly annoyed at the lack of extras. So weird that they had a reel with that missing We literally waited in our seats until the screen went black… and nothing. 

      Anyways, happy to hear a DC fan enjoyed Marvel’s original hero.

    • Anonymous

      No, they did not have that for the premiere. It is good to see that they had that for the regular scheduled showings at least. I was truly annoyed at the lack of extras. So weird that they had a reel with that missing We literally waited in our seats until the screen went black… and nothing. 

      Anyways, happy to hear a DC fan enjoyed Marvel’s original hero.

    • Anonymous

      No, they did not have that for the premiere. It is good to see that they had that for the regular scheduled showings at least. I was truly annoyed at the lack of extras. So weird that they had a reel with that missing We literally waited in our seats until the screen went black… and nothing. 

      Anyways, happy to hear a DC fan enjoyed Marvel’s original hero.

  • Chris Elliott

    REALLY interesting viewpoint man. I really  liked how you tied in that relation of fear and the movies message to battle against it. I love when you really dive in deep to a film’s real message. Well done. As far as the actual movie goes, I can’t wait to see it. I feel like we’ve been really spoiled this summer with great blockbusters. Cowboys and Aliens next!!! 

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Cowboys and Aliens is next, but I’m more excited about “Crazy Stupid Love.” I will be seeing both films this weekend. We will see if both get blogs, a double feature ensues, or one wins out over the other. Only time will tell. 

  • Anonymous

    Loved this film. The lightness of the film didn’t bother me at all. I didn’t even really think about it until reading some reviews after the fact. The fact that Cap never really faces any great moral conundrum and just simply does what needs to be done is pretty refreshing. 

    Also, if they capitalize on some of the plotlines they set up in this movie, then the sequels have the potential to see Cap facing a LOT of inner turmoil. Can’t really say more without some comic spoilers though. 

    Honestly though if you’re in any way a comic fan then the teaser after the credits alone is worth the price of admission. 

    And don’t even get me started on Hayley Atwell…

    • Anonymous

      Well said, and I definitely agree the options for sequels are endless. However, I really like what you had to say about the lightness of the film, I wish I could have included that insight, thank you for sharing it buddy. Lots of nerd flicks left in 2011. Conan & Immortals are at the top of my list.

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