I’m a big fan of action adventure movies. I love everything about them. The story, the choreography, the bigness of the production. THE AVENGERS was one of my recent faves, and probably one of my all-time-favorite movies ever. Joss Whedon is not only a fabulous storyteller, but he also brings the best out of his cast.
I know this all started because of Star Wars. I was 8 when Star Wars came out and it wowed me on all the best ways. Other world. Great characters. Fabulous story arc of love, honor, betrayal, revenge, hope … when you’re a kid, everything is bigger and better. There was nothing else like it, nothing as epic, especially for the younger generation.
Ever since, I’ve always gone to see the big production pictures. Some are disappointing. (Batman and Robin. Superman III. The Phantom Menace.) Some are fabulous. (The Avengers. The Star Trek reboot. The Matrix Reloaded.) But I’m usually willing to fork over my $10 because even the disappointing action movies deliver on the thrills, even when the story falls apart.
I hadn’t seen the original Captain America. I’d always planned to, but never did … until this last weekend when my daughter’s friend brought it over. I liked it. It didn’t WOW me, but I really loved the story arc of Captain Steve Rogers.
Captain America 2 WOWed me on several levels.
First, yes, I love superhero movies. So already I’m ready to like it. I love Scarlett Johansson. I love her as Natasha and that the creators have let her be strong and kick-ass and flawed. I would love for her to play Max Revere someday (keeping her hair red, of course!) I’m not the big huge Chris Evans fan that everyone else is, but I liked him in The Avengers and in the second CA? He shined. I love the supporting cast. Samuel L. Jackson is always great, and I so enjoy him as Nick Fury. I loved the supporting cast, from Robert Redford as the bad guy to Anthony Mackie as Cap’s new friend Sam Wilson (wouldn’t you just love to have wings like he has?)
But what took CA2 to the next level was the message.
Normally, I don’t like preachy movies … even when I agree with the message. I go to the theater to be entertained, especially when I’m paying for a thriller. Small messages I tolerate, but I really go just to absorb the story and be part of the action. If I want to see a message movie, I want to know about it ahead of time.
Maybe I was more receptive because I agree with Cap’s message, and the threat of unbridled power under the guise of security. I hope that I, too, would be like the computer operator who, with a gun pointing at his head, said no, he wouldn’t launch the ships. The message was clear … without being over done. And it could have so easily been beaten over our head, or they could have gone too far.
So kudos to the writers who made it work, and the actors who made it shine.
Have you seen Captain America 2? Are you looking forward to seeing The Avengers 2 next year?