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Watching "Captain America"
Published on August 9, 2011 by Sara Foss

Overall, an enjoyably patriotic superhero movie.

Chris Evans makes for a good Steve Rogers, although I can certainly imagine other actors in the part. I'd also say that if you're going to see one comic book movie this summer, check out the excellent "X-Men: First Class," which I wrote about here.

You can read my review of "Captain America" here, but here's an excerpt:

"'Captain America' and 'X-Men: First Class' both draw upon World War II for inspiration, and thus have an engaging retro feel. But 'X-Men: First Class' was a surprisingly subversive and complex film, while “Captain America” is the opposite: an old-fashioned, patriotic yarn that reaffirms and celebrates basic American values such as truth and justice. “Captain America’s” protagonist, Steve Rogers, is one of the least complicated comic book superheroes I’ve ever seen; if thrown into 'X-Men: First Class' and forced to hold his own with Professor X and Magneto, he’d seem like a boy among men.

But you shouldn’t interpret that statement as meaning that I didn’t like Steve Rogers, or that I didn’t find him worth cheering for. Far from it. Steve Rogers is my type of hero — a bullied weakling from Brooklyn who never backs down from a fight, has the heart of a lion and finally gets his chance to show the world what he’s capable of when he’s selected to participate in a special military program. He’s simple and also a little bit dorky, but inherently decent. Which is also a good description of the film."

 

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