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CAPTAIN AMERICA reviewed by John and Marisa

July 22nd, 2011 No comments

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

Reviewed by John Delia and Marisa Ings

 

Cast: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Wearing and Stanley Tucci

Directed by: Joe Johnson

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comic Book

Running Time: 2hr 5min

Opening Date: July 22, 2011

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

 

 

Not what we expected, but Captain America: The First Avenger pours on the adventure in style.  We’re not huge comic book fans and know little about this super hero yet for us, that’s a good thing.  If you like your action with a good back-story, then this one should fuel your engine.

 

Chris Evans as Captain America

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) has been trying to join the military to help his country fight the Nazis in Europe, but he keeps getting rejected because of his size. Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci), a scientist, has developed a super soldier serum and quite by accident finds Steve Rogers a perfect subject.  Steve volunteers to participate in the experimental program and it turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. But Rogers finds himself being a recruiter for the Army instead of a fighter.  When the evil HYDRA organization led by the Red Skull (Hugo Wearing) takes over the Nazi crusade with special weapons, Captain America steps up to meet the challenge.

 

John Says: The story reminds me of the adventures of Indiana Jones where the main character finds himself cornered only to escape certain death.  I like the concept with Captain America and why the writers created the character from a puny guy to a hulk of a fighter.  Not so much like the other Avengers (Thor, Iron Man, etc) this character is humble about his abilities to fight and conquer.  The fight against evil here gives the film a good adversary making Captain America’s heroisms exciting.

Captain America in battle

 

John Says: The computer graphics play a huge part in the production of the film and in most cases come across with a WOW factor.  There is plenty of action created by the huge blaster tanks, high-powered ray guns, Red Skull’s blazing car, special ‘gyrocopter’ and may other things to dazzle the action hound’s brain.  The winged airplane was a total treat with a battle that overshadows most Iron Man sequences.

 

Marisa Says: I agree with John, The graphics in this movie are fantastic! Director Joe Johnston utilized 3D technology well. In fact, because of the 3D action in a plane scene where Captain America is battling his arch nemesis, I swear I started feeling motion sick as if I was actually experiencing turbulence in mid air with them!

 

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter

Marisa Says: In addition to action and the transition from Steve to Captain, loads of other elements occur in this storyline including the depiction the Captain America figure being used as war propaganda, love, and even the revelation of another Avenger. There is plenty to like about this movie and I imagine it must be difficult to combine an iconic super hero and one of the most noted eras in history but the makers of Captain America: The First Avenger pulled it off with grandeur.

John Says: Director Joe Johnson (Jumanji) does a terrific job of creating the period piece not only with an amazing set, but make-up and costumes for his cast. Hayley Atwell’s portrayal of the tough WAC Peggy Carter stands out in her WWII apparel, hot red lips and long black lashes dating her into the strong hearted women soldiers of the time.  I liked the way he deals with the whole Army sequence and relates to the war films of old.

 

John Says: The film is not perfect as I found myself trying to fit Chris into my mind as a skinny little runt.  I am amazed on how they computerized his character, but something just didn’t feel right much like what bothered me with Benjamin Button (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and his body change.  But it’s easy to get past this and I found myself right in the middle of the action as the film progressed ‘knowing’ that Chris became the hulk that he is meant to be.

 

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers pre-Captain America

Marisa Says: I definitely agree, the one qualm I experienced occurs in the first few minutes while watching the frail Steve Rogers (pre serum injection) he just doesn’t come across well. I felt as if his head was not proportionate to his CGI attached body. (It’s true, very reminiscent of Benjamin Button with the exception that Button’s body was bearable)

Marisa Says: According to IMDb.com over 1,300 people worked on this film and trust me people their efforts paid off! The effects, acting, setting, music and 1940s costuming elements are brought together to create the total movie experience and gives the First Avenger the bang he deserves.

This chapter in the Avengers finally puts all the back stories in line for the grand finale when Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hawkeye, The Incredible Hulk, Nick Fury get together in an estimated $150 million production for one explosive time.

 

Captain America: The First Avenger is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, nothing that most mature pre-teens cannot handle. The film is available in 3D.

 

John Says: FINAL ANAYLSIS: A memorable ‘BLAST’ of the past. (B)

 

Marisa Says: FINAL GRADE (A)

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IRON MAN 2 Written Review

May 6th, 2010 No comments

“WHIPS OF TERROR”

large poster IM2Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell

Directed by: Jon Favreau

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language.

Genre: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel

Release date: May 7, 2010

By John Delia

There will be no stopping the power of Iron Man 2 with all the media hype, great trailers and television spots leading the way to a box-office winner.  Having seen the film I can say that for comic book enthusiasts, sci-fi superhero fanatics and high-powered action lovers your expectations will be fulfilled. If there is a flaw in the film get hold of a dictionary and look up the word absurd. But it’s not going to deter the sale of tickets at the boxoffice for a number of weeks.

Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark

Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark

Here is a thumbnail of the movie. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) shows up at his military technology expo after announcing on world wide TV that he is Iron Man.  At the same time Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), the son of a Russian scientist who was instrumental in developing the science that keeps Iron Man blazing, has found his fathers blueprints of the mechanism.  In a lab the brilliant man develops a weapon that can defeat the iron superhero and he’s determined to do so.  When Stark gets a taste of Vanko’s electric whip, he goes back to his lab to find a defense.

Mickey Rourke plays Whiplash

Mickey Rourke plays Whiplash

This time, instead of a handsome businessman villain, director Jon Favreau goes to the dark side and picks Rourke to play the adversary.  After seeing the film I can’t think of anyone better to bring Whiplash to life than the tough looking Rourke. Dressed in a gladiator garment with whips of amour cutting electricity, Rourke as Whiplash slashes cars in half showing a frightening display of power.

Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle team up

Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle team up

Downey Jr. keeps the laughs coming with his narcissistic personality while showing off in front of the world and the U.S. Military.  In support an energetic Don Cheadle takes on the James “Rhodey” Rhodes character doing an admirable job. But why wouldn’t he, considering an enigmatic Terrance Howard was Rhodey in the originally.

Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.

Johansson and Downey Jr.

Adding Scalett Johansson in the role of a marshal arts wiz is a nice touch.  Her persona reminds me of the character Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) in Kick-Ass. There’s one scene in Iron Man 2 where if I didn’t know the two films were written by different scriptwriters and lensed at different studios you’d think it was a grown up Hit-Girl spinning and kicking.

The only downsides I could find are the absurdities and impossibilities that get

Jon Favreau on the set as director

Jon Favreau on the set as director

entrenched in all comic book hero films.  But it’s the amazement needed to make the film work like explosions where no one gets hurt, a cool ad for Audi that comes out of nowhere, and an Iron man suit in a suitcase to name a few. Of course the biggest absurdity is the fact that the film opened in Europe a week earlier before coming to America.

Iron Man 2 is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  Not as brilliant as the first go around but worthy. (4 of 5 Palm Trees)