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.