First off, hey all. The site is not dead! Extremely rarely updated, yes. But not dead. My attentions have been occupied elsewhere.
Anyway, as you probably know, the first few months of the year are often completely awful for movies. You get the odd indie gems (like Spring, which you should all watch immediately), but they’re few and far between. Thankfully, summer is almost upon us. Blockbuster season! This means you can expect more writing about films here in the coming months.
There’s been a somewhat shocking lack of anything related to The Avengers here on the site. I mean, it is crushing box office records worldwide. And two years ago I called it my most anticipated upcoming film. So what gives? Well, for one thing, what can be said about it that hasn’t already been said? I mean, there are 255 reviews of this thing on Rotten Tomatoes right now. And most of those were up before I even saw it.
You don’t need me to tell you the movie’s awesome and well worth your time. But it just seems really strange to pass it by without any kind of comment. Maybe when the DVD comes out, I’ll revisit it then.
For now though, I thought people might be interested in a short conversation I had about it with Michael Walls-Kelly (WARNING: SPOILERS ABOUND).
Captain America: The First Avenger is a flawed film, but ultimately it succeeds thanks largely to the charisma and likeability of its two stars, Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell.
Evans plays Steve Rogers, a scrawny wannabe soldier who tries to join the army not because he wants to kill Nazis, but because he doesn’t like bullies. The opening of the film establishes Rogers well, as we see him repeatedly attempting to pass physical examinations under various names. Finally, he gains the attention of German-American scientist Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci, making the most out of small role as usual), who just so happens to be working on a project that will attempt to create genetically modified supersoldiers.