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So ‘Captain America’ looks pretty awful

In what seems to be little more than a high-budget jingoist advertisement for steroids, Paramount’s upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger has a shiny new trailer.  Predictably, the film looks to have great visual effects, wooden acting, and a shamelessly one-dimensional perspective regarding the role of its superhero protagonist.  The digital matching of star Chirs Evans’ head with a different, scrawnier body might have been impressive five years ago, before David Fincher’s doubling of Armie Hammer in The Social Network raised the bar for that kind of effect.  I’m intrigued by the inclusion of Red Skull (one of Marvel’s best baddies) and the cool post-Steam Punk aesthetic of the Nazi war machine, but this trailer fails to provide any hope of the project being more than summer earnings filler.

It doesn’t help that Captain America is one of the most boring comic heroes in existence, and while his unilateral “America-Fuck Yeah!” gallantry might have garnered more sympathy in the years immediately following 9/11, the American worldview has significantly greyed since then, and I mean that mostly in a good way.  I don’t see much of a place for Captain America in today’s world situation, especially if there’s no apparent effort to provide the character with any kind of moral shading.

Anyway, check out the trailer and see what you think.

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3 responses

  1. Blake

    They are pumping this, “Thor”, and other Marvel movies out just so they can reach their goal of making an Avengers movie. It even has “The First Avenger” as the subtitle.

    This is going to be awful. “Thor” is going to be awful”. “The Green Lantern” is going to be awful. The Avengers movie is going to be awful. It’s all going to be a catastrofuck of awful comic book movies that will still make ass loads of money, so they will continue to make more of them.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    • jimson1984

      That’s a great point. The sad thing is they’re going to do the same thing with the DC comics to make the Justice League. Which is why we’ll likely have to suffer through at least one lame Batman film after Nolan leaves the franchise. And I’m not sure they’ll make that much money when the time comes, after they make so many mediocre films. The superhero fad is already dying slowly, except the good ones.

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      April 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

  2. Blake

    If Warner Bros thinks that Nolan will lend his name as a producer to a lame Batman movie after his trilogy is done, they are mistaken.

    He doesn’t produce anything other than his own films and I don’t know how they think he will break that trend for a movie that will most likely be a hack of the very franchise he resurrected from the dead and turned into greatness.

    April 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm

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