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Reviews Comments: Like being slapped in the face with a wet eagle Captain America The First Avenger film/book review by Kylar Grey

I'll admit I've never been a fan of comics, mainly due to their overwhelming america-ness of most of them, so I didn't have the highest of hopes for this film (being quite a classic Brit, I find 'America The Great' thing quite tiring).

Really, even taking into account my expectations, it was quite disappointing. There were a few glimmers of hope, promising a more deep or interesting story, but they were almost immediately crushed by the tedious, flat and unceasing conveyor belt of one-dimensional characters. The only parts I really enjoyed were the SchizoTech elements, but they were also tinged with the feeling that surely HYDRA (I'm assuming it's allcaps) wouldn't be the only people with such advanced technology.

Overall, I found the film quite pointless and certainly very missable. Compared to Iron Man and even Thor, Captain America was a stark and disappointing contrast. By the end, I think I felt about the same as if someone had stood in front of me and monotonously recited the American constitution in full.


  • doctrainAUM
  • 1st Sep 12
I don't really know what to make of this review. There's only one big criticism (one-dimensional characters), which doesn't even go into much detail. Since this review is quite a bit below the TV Tropes word limit, it should've given more reasons for disliking it.
  • Tuckerscreator
  • 1st Sep 12
Same here. The examples aren't very concrete.
  • son
  • 1st Sep 12
I'd say Captain America: First Avenger (especially the first and last acts) were a lot better than Thor.
  • qtjinla15
  • 4th Sep 12
This is more of a whine/rant then an actual review. It lacks depths, detailed points, or most of the necessary things a good review usually has. So this fails at being a review.
  • JamesPicard
  • 17th Dec 12
If you don't like the "America the Great" theme, then don't watch it. It's Captain America, heck yeah America's going to be heavily promoted.
  • fenrisulfur
  • 17th Dec 12
It's not missable, in my opinion, because of the info about the Tessaract and the fact that Steve's entire arc is in this movie. Speaking of, Steve actually had an arc, which was missing from Iron Man 2 and the Hulk, so I have to rank it above those those films. For me, the schizo tech was the weakest part, mainly because they show up and disappear, with a tiny mention in Avengers. As for "America the great," what were your expectations for a movie called "Captain America"?
  • LimeTH
  • 27th Dec 12
What were you expecting from a movie about a guy with the word America literally in his name?
  • maninahat
  • 28th Dec 12
Captain America, if anything, downplays the American-ness as much as possible. The makers clearly wanted to avoid coming across as jingoistic, which is why they have the British feature heavily, along with a whole team of ethnic minorities from the comics. Even in the scenes where America is posing with flags or taking part in pro USA shows, the movie focusses is on how tacky and tasteless it looks, rather then how cool it is to be American.

Iron Man 1 & 2; now those are "America the Great" movies.
  • gameragodzilla
  • 3rd Apr 13
Who wrote this review, Yahtzee? Seriously, this entire thing is nothing more than a short rant with no clarification whatsoever, and it's clear that the writer simply dislikes it for its American-ness and then struggles to come up with any legitimate reasons for his dislike. This is nothing more than a nationalistic rant that's both childish and moronic.

Seriously, it's like trashing James Bond for his overt Britishness.
  • Asger
  • 4th Apr 13
You know, I too dislike American jingoism in the media...and I found very little of it in this movie despite the reviewers whining. Hell, the only thing to jingoism I found in this movie were those segments where Steve was paraded around in that tacky costume, a blatant parody of the propaganda in Golden/Silver age comics.

In the future if you're going to review something, actually watch it instead of just reading the wikipedia entry of it.
  • ArcaneAzmadi
  • 28th Jul 15
Agreed with Asger. You were basically complaining about the things you EXPECTED to be there, rather than the things that actually WERE to the point where I have to wonder whether you actually even saw the film. As an Australian, I can't stand jingoistic "America Fuck Yeah!" propaganda either, but I loved this movie.
  • RedHudsonicus
  • 28th Jul 15
I hesitate to accuse the reviewer of not having actually watched the movie, but I'm having trouble understanding their point here:

"The only parts I really enjoyed were the Schizo Tech elements, but they were also tinged with the feeling that surely HYDRA (I'm assuming it's allcaps) wouldn't be the only people with such advanced technology."

It's pretty obvious throughout the film that HYDRA (and HYDRA alone) has such advanced tech due to their ability to harness the power of the Tesseract. We see Schmidt and Zola drawing on its power right after they steal it and then when Steve infiltrates the factory, they have rows upon rows of blue Tesseract "power units" that they use to fuel their weaponry (all of which has a distinct Tesseract-blue glow).

Overall, either the reviewer didn't see the film or they didn't pay much attention. Which if it bores you, it's fine to say that, but you can't criticize something that the film provides an obvious answer to.

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