Thursday, August 18, 2011
The Red and the White and the Blue Come Through
A brief comment on behalf of a subject near to my heart: Captain America; more specifically, the recently released Captain America: the First Avenger, which could easily have been missed (or scorned) amidst the field of so many superhero movies this season. Rather than the shrill, jingoistic propaganda they could have turned out, the movie is a great, old-fashioned pulpy adventure with a surprising amount of heart, thanks mainly to star Chris Evans and director Joe Johnston. They've fashioned an excllent hero cut from classic cloth, a guileless man with a good heart and a stubborn streak that won't quit. Nobody is going to be left gasping at the gritty realism, but a more enjoyable two hours in a movie theater would be hard to find this summer.