In Preparation For: Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers
With Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out this weekend, a lot of (crazy) people are trying to do the ultimate Marvel movie marathon, watching Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avengers, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy all in a row. Well, we're crazy too. Yes, me and our other writer, Rob, will be watching all 10 movies, 20 hours and 48 minutes, in preparation for Age of Ultron, and we will be doing reviews for each film as we go. Some reviews may come out at 3 o'clock in the morning, but that's just how it's going to be. Keep in mind, we both seen these movies before. So, let's get started!
Captain America: The First Avenger
Finishing off Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (before The Avengers) is Captain America: The First Avenger. In my opinion, this film is the weakest of the whole MCU. The fact that there was so much futuristic technology (plasma guns, superjets, etc.) in a World War II set era took me out of the movie. Plus, Captain America (Chris Evans) was wasted as a character. They had all this build up to this scrawny kid becoming a super soldier, but when he got his powers, what did he do? He dresses up, singing and dancing. He's supposed to be a legend that has inspired people to this day, but this movie does practically nothing to make him the legend he is proclaimed to be in later films. It also felt like this movie was rushed through, with too many ties to The Avengers, simply to get this story out of the way in favor of the latter. So while the action is cool and it has some redeeming moments, The First Avenger is ultimately a major disappointment.
In Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel tries to involve superheros with WWII, and for the most part...it works! I could feel the vibe of the 40's the whole way thru, thanks to good performances from Chris Evans and Tommy Lee Jones. Another great villain performance by Hugo Weaving as Red Skull. He and Cap's back-and-forth was entertaining as well. Like Nate said, however, some of the technology didn't fit right with the movie but I was able to overlook it and just accept it for the movie it was. It might not of been a perfect movie, or even close to it, but it's still a movie you should watch and not just skip over. It brings two genres and morphs them together into a fun blockbuster all-American kind of war movie.
The Avengers is the first time characters like Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) have appeared on screen in a live action film. This movie is the cumulative product of all the Phase One films, leading up to this awesome, epic film. In my opinion, The Avengers is my favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe film. The action sequence for the last forty minutes of the movie is incredibly shot, and the rest of the movie leading up to it, while some may say it's boring, I say is captivating and perfect set up. Mark Ruffalo fits in great to this all-star cast, taking over as Bruce Banner from Edward Norton. Overall, it may have some weak points in script and story but is ultimately a great movie!
Now comes the holy grail of all Marvel movies... The Avengers! We get to see all our favorite characters on the big screen all together for the first time ever, and it lives up to the anticipation. With good acting and great chemistry, this movie is enjoyable mostly the whole way through except for the lead up but I understand it was necessary to have that so they could have a payoff that really kicks ass! The action is phenomenal and keeps your eyes glued to the screen and the villain Loki (Tom Hiddelston) is a strong antagonist to this blockbuster of a comic book movie. It leaves big shoes to fill for the sequel and even if its just a little bit lesser in quality it'll still be a good film compared to this nerd heaven-like film.
What do you think? Do you like Captain America: The First Avenger or The Avengers? Are you looking forward to Avengers: Age of Ultron? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Written by: Nate
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