My headline says it all. Previously, my fav comic book film was Spider-Man 2. Going into this year, I had anticipated liking Green Lantern or Thor more than Captain America. Green Lantern fizzled for me and Thor was pretty good but I missed a lot of stuff from the comics. The adaption of Cap’s origin by director Joe Johnston worked almost perfectly for me. The flavor of the World War II era is reflected beautifully throughout the scenes from New York to basic training to a USO tour that Steve Rogers joins. The casting was pitch perfect, all the way from Chris Evans as Steve Rogers to Tommy Lee Jones and Hugo Weaving. The actors make this fantastic story come to life by establishing an emotional connection with each other. I really believed Stanley Tucci as Doctor Erskine. Even Weaving as the Red Skull, while going over the top, makes it believable.
Here are some of my favorite bits:
- The easter egg at the World’s Fair. Did you see the Human Torch in the glass cage?
- The continuity tie-in with Thor’s father Odin and the World Tree Yggdrasil.
- How Captain America punched Hitler in the US Bonds tour.
- How Captain America #1 cover reflects Cap’s tour.
- Bucky is portrayed more like Brubaker’s version.
- The Howling Commandos in action. Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan!
- Every time Cap threw his mighty shield.
- Every time the Hydra oath was recited.
- The last action scene with the plane harkened back to truck scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.