Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to the show! For those of you who are new to Movie Review Mondays: we, (meaning me), watch and review movies on Monday, and post the reviews right here on Tuesdays. Why not call it Movie Review Tuesdays you ask? Well, now you’re just talking nonesence.
Anyway, on this edition of MRM, we are watching and reviewing “Captain America”. For those of you unfamiliar with “Cap”, he is America’s hero, if not America’s stereotype. If the USA was embodied by a single human, it would be Captain America. The moral superhero, the lovable idol, he embodies all that is good and right about America and what it was founded upon. Really, people like Captain America because he gives them hope. Hope for the legacy of this nation, where we came from, and where we can end up.
So, anyway… That’s “Cap”. Now, I’m writing all of this before I’ve actually watched the film–important note: I’ve watched this movie before several years ago, so I’ve a base concept of it already–, but now, allow me to bid you a fond farewell for the next 200 minutes. I’ll be right back.
~Watching movies. Be back soon~
Okay, I’m back. I’ll tell you one thing, that was definitely a movie. Yeah… That’s about all I’ve got. Actually, I’d like to establish a few parameters here.
In most movie reviews, I analyze the quality of the film… This is a Marvel movie. As far as quality goes, this film would make a short and boring review. Thus, when reviewing major, blockbuster films, I will be focused on other areas.
A weak man knows the value of strength.
That quote shaped the movie and the character of Captain America. That single line in the first quarter of the film defined the entire movie for me. It’s whole message in 8 words. Captain America is only the favorite superhero because he knows the value of strength. Iron Man lets his strength go to his head, Hulk lets his strength go to his head and explode, Thor lets his strength go to his head and out the back of it with his brain, and Spider-Man still doesn’t know what to do with himself.
If the superheroes were a highschool, Spider-Man would be that one kid who always sat by himself during lunch. Thor would be the principal, bringing the hammer down. Iron Man would be that kid who knew everything and always questioned his teachers. Hulk would be the substitute teacher, and Captain America would be the rules and moral code of the school.
He is perfectly balanced power. Power without pride. It makes you wonder how “Captain America- Civil War” will justify him going against the government. Interesting side note, did anyone else notice that in the 3 Captain America movies he is fighting 3 different wars? #1 WWII, #2 Cold War, (the end of it), and #3 Civil War… About 150 years late for the 3rd one, but it’s still rather interesting.
What did the movie do wrong?
Well, first off, it was Marvel. Which basically means we can pardon most of the absurdity of the fantasy elements. But really, a magic stone that can be harnessed within a few months on primitive equipment? This film’s only major mistake is that it tried to be as realistic as possible. Everyone in the world believed that what Hydra eventually did accomplish, was impossible. The fact that it could happen in a world that had never seen anything like that, is slightly absurd.
You may use the excuse that they were far more advanced than people during the real WWII, and Howard Stark had already invented hovercraft. Valid, but why, if he could create hovercrafts, did people still drive crummy cars, not have cell phones or laptops? In a world where Howard Stark exists…. Why is the world still so technologically ignorant at large?
It made me chuckle that a scientist talks of Schmidt’s search for this superhuman force that will give him power as if it’s absurd, yet invented a serum that makes men super strong and fast. He’s a bit of a paradox. The movie was ridiculous in many ways, but none that caused me to lose respect for it. After all, (wait for the catch-line…) it is Marvel.
That’s the big question anyway, isn’t it? What message was this movie propagating and why should you watch it? Well, to take the obvious road, the message throughout the film was: greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends… And for his country.
Loyalty to his country, the desire to be the hero people believed him to be, and the love of his friend Bucky, drove Captain America to lay down everything, even his own life. He embodies the good and the potential for good in America and the spirit of this country. And it all comes down to good vs evil in the end.
Now, I’m not comparing “Cap”, to Jesus, but a good American is a good Christian, (according to our founders and founding fathers). Greater love hath no man than this… In the final scene, where evil and good face off, evil is consumed by his lust for power and destroyed. Whereas, good chooses voluntarily to lay down his life so that others might live.
Worldview wise, this movie is a great example of a true hero, one that strives to be like the one and only real superhero: Jesus Christ. Who has still done something no other superhero ever has, and that is saving your soul for eternity. Other heroes may give their lives for you to live here and now. He gave His life so that you could live forever.
I watched this film through an online filter called VidAngel. It’s very handy, protects my eyes and ears from a host of ungodly things, and can even filter out Jar Jar Binks if you’re a Star Wars fan.
Because of the frequency of the use of language in this movie, I would not recommend it for viewing without a filter or gaurdian. I further would not recommend it for young children as there are elements, violence, and images like Hugo Weaving that would not be healthy for them to intake. Again, and I stress this as often and as difinitively as I can: watch movies with your eyes and minds open. That’s why we were given them, to see and understand what is being taught to us through media. Watch from a different perspective.
As always, thanks for reading.
—the anonymous novelist