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Greetings True Believers!

Captain America: The First Avenger was awesome.

If you haven't seen it, go forth and do so.

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Loved it.

Chris Evans did a good job as Steve. A little bland, I give you. No great speeches but good moments. Being a tough little scrapper before the SSS. Not liking the USO routine they had him doing and I liked him getting used to his new abilities.

The Bucky character was pretty throw-away. I didn't really care about him but they had a nice in-scene concerning Winter Soldier/BuckyCap.

Hugo Weaving did a bang-up job as the Red Skull. He was a comic book villain. Plus they did a great job with his make-up/CGI.

Loved the supporting cast. Stanley Tucci was awesome. Tommy Lee Jones was LOL as Col. Phillips, Howard Stark was basically 40s!Tony. Hayley Atwell is just beautiful. I love 40s/50s fashion on women, so hot.

Toby Jones had the look of Zola but not the character, not crazy enough.

Human Torch cameo!

The shield fighting was very cool and they movie was bloodier then I thought it would be and I approve of that.

I liked the base-smashing montage and the Skull/Cap bridge scene. Very iconic, I liked their final battle on the airship. He ain't dead, comic book rules: no body, no death.

HYDRA rocked! The salutes, the oath, the cult-like fanaticism. Nailed it.

The scene with him waking up in the faux-40s! room was cool. I can see them doing that. Sam Jackson is Nick Fury as always.

The Howling Commandos were great background character and that dude really looked like Dum-Dum.

Extra scene: Drool, drool, drool. Can't wait, can't wait.

Verdict: Go see this movie! It's an upper-echelon comic flick.

Date: 2011-07-23 10:33 pm (UTC)
terabient: Madoka is embarrassed while Homura side-eyes her (Default)
From: [personal profile] terabient
ffffff watched this last night and it was faaaaaaaabulous! I lol'd forever (in a good way!) when Hugo Weaving took off his Hugo Weaving mask to reveal Red Skull. It walked the line between cheese and creepy just right.

Agreed that the shield was used really well.

I liked how Peggy Carter was an actual, important character, and not just an afterthought. I think it's the first superhero movie to do that. Like...when she was trying to shoot down the Hydra spies while they were driving off, and then Cap saves her and she's upset because she was sure she was going to get the last guy? I thought it worked because she'd gotten the first guy from like, a billion feet away and it definitely looked like she'd kill the second one even though she would have died in the process.

I guess what I'm trying to say is: Peggy Carter is a pretty cool guy, eh shoots HYDRA spies and doesn't afraid of anything.

So yeah, I liked it a lot.

Date: 2011-07-23 10:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tsunamiwombat
Yeah Peggy had a crowning moment of Badass there. Then when she got Stark to steal an Airplane so they could drop Cap behind enemy lines without orders. And She was in the climactic battle scene with a Thompson, and killed a Hydra Heavy Trooper.

Date: 2011-07-24 04:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] colonel_green
I saw the film with my ten-year-old cousin (his favourite part was the guy going through the propeller), and he asked me at the end if Peggy was supposed to be Tony's mom.

I said no, but seriously, that would be hilarious. They should totally do that.

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Date: 2011-07-24 04:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
Given how pretty much EVERY Marvel female character is turned into a scientist for a movie (Jean Grey, Betty Ross as with the 90s Hulk cartoon, Sue Storm, Jane Foster) I thought for sure Peggy Carter would be a scientist as well, maybe Dr. Eskrine's assistant.

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Date: 2011-07-23 11:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
I'm probably not gonna be able to see it for at least a week, so skipping discussion . . .

Date: 2011-07-23 11:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverzeo
It was like if Spider-Man took placed in Indiana Jones... No wonder why Spidey isn't going to be part of the Avengers, his character and personality traits were placed in Cap...

Human Torch cameo? You mean Toro- OH OH, the suit at the museum, I get it.... wait what about Namor? But still, it freak me out how pre-serum Steve's body did not match that voice, it was like the SUperbowl Babies or that Baby Eater person from Muppet's Treasure Island....

You couldn't place the Marve/DC video with Hal and Steve... with Thor...Tony... Hulk... and Deadpool.... Hal really nailed it with Harry Potter...

Date: 2011-07-23 11:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaniwolf
I thought it was great and i did catch the Android Human Torch in the display case at the World's Fair, which made perfect sense. All and all i really enjoyed myself, as did my friend who i invited along.

Date: 2011-07-24 03:15 am (UTC)
perletwo: excelsior (capna_shield)
From: [personal profile] perletwo
ah-HAAA so that's what that was! The way it was lampshaded I knew it had to be geek candy, but it was too quick for me to place it.

I loved how Howard's performance at the World's Fair was practically a prototype of Tony's at the Stark Expo in IM2.

Date: 2011-07-23 11:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
Won't be here 'til the 27th for us D:<
But I am patient. Anyway, what am I complaining for? I got to watch Ironman 2 before the rest of the world except Australia XD

Date: 2011-07-24 12:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] minyandu
Better than me. We have to wait till at least September. ...OTL

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Date: 2011-07-24 01:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cypherfdp
The montage where Cap goes on tour promoting bonds in the old costume, and also apparently selling copies of Captain America #1 is quite possibly one of the funniest scenes I've ever seen in a comic book movie, rivaled by Wolverine in First Class.

Of course the Skull isn't dead…

Date: 2011-07-24 01:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bewareofgeek
Unless I'm deeply mistaken, the effects used when he disappeared were identical to the Thor movie's Bifrost.

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Date: 2011-07-24 03:16 am (UTC)
perletwo: excelsior (capna_shield)
From: [personal profile] perletwo
That and the Norway scene in the beginning made it make perfect sense to me why Thor had to be released first.

Date: 2011-07-24 01:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cherrybomb

I hated the end of the Red Skull/Captain America fight. As someone who has NO IDEA just what the Cosmic Cube can do (I always was more of a Thor girl than a Cap fan), the ending just seemed to be the biggest deus ex machina there is. It was just like WHOOPS HE'S DEAD. And it's not like the cube was properly explained in the film (though I have a feeling it might get explained in The Avengers). It was just a Very Bad Thing.

Date: 2011-07-24 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hyperactivator
Cosmic Cube is a deus ex machina. You hold it in your hand and it grants wishes. Don't count on the Red Skull being dead.

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Date: 2011-07-24 03:19 am (UTC)
perletwo: excelsior (capna_shield)
From: [personal profile] perletwo
Haaa, I just this minute got back from seeing Capn A!

I really, really thought they were going to pull a fakeout with Bucky - that he would've been secretly brainwashed into the Hydra cult in that lab room Cap rescued him from mid-movie, and he'd turn around and be Red Skull's copilot aboard the Valkyrie. But! They didn't go there. *shrug*

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Date: 2011-07-24 03:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] big_daddy_d
Saw the movie and loved it from start to finish. Every part served the story's purpose. As for the action, once it picked up, it really picked it. It was pretty much wall to wall then and it accomplished what I wanted to see, Cap kicking ass and taking names. Loved seeing the Howling Commandos. I did wish Nick or Jack Fury was there.

Otherwise, all the characters were great. I was a bit iffy on how Bucky was killed off...for is it an open end for a Winter Soldier appearance in sequels? Or if there's no intent whatsoever to put Winter Soldier in a later movie..well..really..why have him go out like..that?

First confrontation between Cap and Skull...something about it was so "Oh shit, here we go" Like the appetizer before the big pay per view fight. Like that Skull's "demise" was an open ended one. It's easy to assume that he perished because of the cube or simply moved on from the earthly plain, only to return later.

Tommy Lee Jones was a scene stealer.

Peggy Carter..favorite female lead in a comic movie to date. She wans't the typical love interest. She didn't serve the purpose of just being someone to flirt with the hero and have those "Will they or won't they?" moments. No, she was a badass and can sure as hell handle herself in a fight.

Chris Evans played Steve to perfection in my opinion. I was nervous at first but he made me a believer. Also loved the Torch cameo, especially considering Chris' previous Marvel role.

Also liked Sharon Carter's appearance at the end. Seriously how can anyone not tell that was her? She looked like she could pass as Peggy's twin and the fact that the scenario was meant to ease Cap into it convinced me even more as clearly due to her resemblance, the idea was for Cap to be more calm.

P.S.-One death that surprised me was that of a particular Hydra soldier. Reason being how he died. I'm speaking of the final fight when he falls through the fan of the small plane he and Steve fought on. That was R-Rated level onscreen death so that caught me off guard, but didn't mind it.

Date: 2011-07-24 11:02 am (UTC)
perletwo: excelsior (capna_shield)
From: [personal profile] perletwo
Tommy Lee Jones was a scene stealer.

HYDRAdrone: "Cut off one head, two more take its place!"

Phillips: "Great! Let's go find us two heads!"


Date: 2011-07-24 04:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] colonel_green
A-. Best superhero film of the summer (and I liked Thor and X-Men: First Class quite a bit), and I'd put it ahead of other previous Marvel films apart from Iron Man. Some of the reviews thought it was a bit generic, which I can see, though for someone who loves this genre as much as I do, that's not an issue. The superhero period piece is still a rarity, too, so that's more of a novelty (even though after years, we ended up with two in one summer).

First, the skinny effects on Chris Evens were extremely impressive. Some of the best "person" effects I've seen (or, at least, been conscious of seeing); when he bulked up and started looking like himself, I almost missed the CGI version for a second. The rest of the effects looked pretty good, including the Red Skull's appearance. I've seen some complaints about the 3D conversion, but it seemed fine to me (I liked it more than the 3D in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2).

They did a good job not just with Steve but with giving him a supporting cast, something I was a bit concerned about when this was first announced as all-WWII. Team Diversity/the Invaders were done well, though it's a bit odd to see people like Neal McDonough and Derek Luke in such small parts, particularly the former. Though they also had Anne Boleyn from The Tudors show up for one scene, so there you go. Chris Evans was very good, and very unironic, as Steve. Hayley Atwell fit well into the period (and looked smashing). Tommy Lee Jones was Tommy Lee Jones, good for any era as an officer (at least, any American era).

On the subject of the characters, I'll particularly say that the film makes better use of Dr. Erskine than the comics ever have. I think that's one of the things a good actor can bring to a character on screen compared to on the page, where he's really never been more than a plot device.

Alan Menken's song was extremely catchy.

I was interested to see the specifics of Bucky's "death", and yeah, this definitely leaves him open to return in the future.

They did a good job balancing the patriotic elements of his character with modern sensibilities (and they also avoided making any jokes about how stuffy the British are or how cowardly the French are).

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Date: 2011-07-24 04:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
An interesting point: that Hodge character the Colonel was interested as a test subject was in the limited series "THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA" as a possible test subject for the serum.

Hodge was played by Lex Shrapnel (quite a name!), who is the grandson of Deborah Kerr.

Date: 2011-07-24 06:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mola_ram
one question:


Please say he do :D

Date: 2011-07-24 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lordmcdeath
Over 200 hundred times by his own personal count.

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Date: 2011-07-24 06:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tacitoz
I'll also have to wait for another month (especially because I promised someone to go to the movies with them) but at least now I'm 100% positive that I can look forward to a really fun movie :D

Oh Goddamit.

Date: 2011-08-02 07:02 pm (UTC)
biod: Cute Galactus (Default)
From: [personal profile] biod
I missed the Avengers trailer after the credits. WHY DID NO ONE MENTION THIS?
I saw it with a friend, I really liked it, despite some pacing problems and a bit of a weird ending.


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