Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger (4 Out of 5 Graves)

We’ve been waiting all summer for Captain America to come out.  We bought our tickets last night for the first matinee today and rushed to get there in time to get a good seat.

Of course traffic screwed us and we had to sit on the far left side of the theatre, something I hate. But it didn’t ruin the movie for me the way it normally would have. The movie started and I was sucked in from the beginning.

Whoever played the young Steve Rogers pulled you in, making you believe everything he was saying and feeling.  That continued right along as Chris Evans appeared, starting a long string of non-stop action. The shout out to the Raiders of the Lost Ark by Johann Schmidt, aka Hugo Weaving was great.

The movie earned a four rating right up until the end.  Throughout the storyline you see Steve Rogers (Captain America) fumble as an earnest but inept geek with the girls, and how Peggy can see past that, even before he was all buff.  It’s what every nerd and fanboy hopes for – a woman who can see past the shell for what they really are.  It strikes a chord, which is then snipped mercilessly.

I have to say this was the worst movie ending ever.  I’ve seen bad movies that just sucked throughout, but rarely do I watch a good movie to feel betrayed in the last three minutes.

After building up the emotional investment between Steve Rogers and Peggy the director just throws it all away so he can bring Captain America into the current Tony Stark timeline for the Avengers.  What a waste.

I’m giving it a four only because a two wouldn’t really do it justice, but I thought about doing it because of the ending.