So I have been slacking. I really have. But rather than just let this die I’m gonna keep trying to get my life together. So this is a little thing I like to call “Movies I’ve Seen”. This is just me reviewing movies (recent and not) that I watch. It’s an easy way for me to get content out without it taking too much time. Hopefully I stick with it. So the movie I’m starting off with is Captain America: The First Avenger because I want to pretend America is as honest and true as Steve Rogers. This is without a doubt my favorite movie. This movie is one of the three dvds I own and this is the only one I legit love (I won the other two in a contest). This movie is everything I love about movies all rolled up in one. That may not be true, but if I could only have one movie on my mantle this would be the one. Now to get into the nitty-gritty.
This movie is just grand. As a diehard patriot and a girl who was the same weight and height as Steve Rogers pre-super soldier serum, this movie speaks to me on a spiritual level. Steve Rogers represents everything you think America is as a kid and everything you want it to be as an adult. If i could just meet one person who is half the man he is, my faith in humanity would grown tenfold. And Chris Evans as Steve Rogers is completely believable. Him as a little guy who can’t say no to a fight is how I will always see Chris Evans (even though I first knew him as Johnny Storm). Most successful actors come to a point in their career where they play a character that is so beautiful and iconic and brilliant that they are seen as that forever. I knew in 2011, before the Avengers, before the Marvel Cinematic Universe, before any of that, that Chris Evans would always be Captain America. And I’m pretty okay with that. Captain America isn’t a bad person to be.
Now on to the other characters. Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes is just grand. His friendship with Steve is like the best kind of friendship. They’re like brothers. Seeing him evolve throughout the Captain America franchise is truly extraordinary. While I do find Bucky’s character is best used in Captain America: Civil War, this is a great introduction to the character. Now let’s go on to Peggy Carter, who will forever be goals. She is everything I wish I could be. She is a feminist icon that deserves her tv show back, but I digress. Hayley Atwell was the perfect choice for this part. I didn’t know her when I saw her and by the end I couldn’t forget her. And as for her love story with Steve, it didn’t feel forced. It just organically came about because he was a good, honest man and she recognized that. Gosh, were they good. Also let’s talk about Hugo Weaving, cause this has always ground my gears. His Red Skull is one of the best villains the MCU has ever had. People always complain about these half-assed MCU villains, but when we talk good villains Red Skull never comes up! I mean I love Loki as much as the next teenage girl, but you gotta give the man his props. It is a real bummer though that Hugo Weaving has like no desire to come back to the MCU. Cause he doesn’t die at the end. When I first watched the movie I just assumed the Tesseract killed him, but really it transported him to somewhere in the cosmos. They could bring him back, but Hugo just isn’t about it. A true shame. And the last guy to talk about is Tommy Lee Jones, because that man is a fucking national treasure. Though I have literally never seen him young. Did he become an actor at 50 or something? I mean he is amazing but he has always been old. but his character is Tommy Lee at his finest. I’m not gonna go in depth with this cause you know it’s true. OH SHIT! I forgot to talk about Stanley Tucci!! First things first it took me a few watches to realize that man was Stanley Tucci. It just didn’t connect in my head at the time. But damn is that man great. Erskine was just so lovely and that part when he and Steve are talking the night before the operation is just beautiful. His whole little monologue is just great.
As for story this movie catches my heart everytime, and I’ve seen this movie at least 17 times. This is the movie that when you see it on tv you watch it to the end, even if you start it in the middle. While it is the stereotypical hero origin story, it has more of a heart to it than Thor or Iron Man. You don’t think of it as a superhero movie, you think of it as just a beautiful, patriotic movie. You think of it as a regular person putting himself at risk for the sake of his country. That’s some fucking beautiful shit man. And that last part when he has to crash the jet, it breaks my heart every time. EVERY. TIME. And another thing that makes this movie great is the period it’s set in. Watching it you feel that patriotism caused by World War II being transferred into you. While this period was not the best, it’s nice to just pretend everything’s okay by watching a nice, mousy white boy become a superhero.
And lastly, I love this movie’s score. It just bleeds patriotism, but the best parts aren’t the uber patriotic ones. My favorites are “Farewell to Bucky” and “This is my Choice”. That’s all I’m gonna say, but listen to them if you have a free minute.
In conclusion, this movie is a great thing to watch to forget we’re living in Trump’s America. And for those living outside of the US, I don’t know if this movie will hit you as hard as it hit me, but who knows? Talk about that in the comments and tell me what I should watch next! The Oscar nominations just came out yesterday and I’m gonna be going through those to prepare for the big night, but I’ll find some time in between if y’all suggest something. Also like this and share it with someone. And if you could follow me I’d really appreciate that. But if not that’s fine, just you reading this is a blessing.