The second movie that I saw last week while Katie was away was Captain America.

Plot Summary

Steve Rodgers is a wee little man.  Seriously, he’s like 90 pounds of skin and bone.  But he has courage and a big heart.  Though he has been rejected several times, he still tries to enlist so he can go overseas and fight the Nazis in World War II.  He is selected to be a test subject for an experimental serum, which will enhance everything about him.  He then becomes Captain America, and must face a foe who used an earlier form of the same serum.

Review

This was a great movie.  It was a lot of fun, and it reminded me a lot of what a superhero movie really should be.  It gives us an understanding of the character.  It gives us some good background on who he is and how he got to be that way.  And, besides, who doesn’t like seeing a few Nazis getting the snot knocked out of them?  The more I think about it, the more I feel like this was the better of the two movies I saw last week, and that’s not a knock on Cowboys & Aliens.

Recommendation

It’s worth your time.  It is a wholesome movie with a lot of action in it.  There is some violence – it does take place in World War II, so what else would you expect – but it’s not over the top, and they don’t dwell on any of it.  And I have to say, the CGI they did on Chris Evans to make him look like that 90 pound weakling was incredible.  Likewise, it’s good that Hugo Weaving was able to finally show his true face as the Red Skull… oh wait, that was probably make-up…

Best Part

The night before the experiment, Dr. Erskine sits and talks with Rodgers who is a little jittery.  Erskine says, “The serum amplifies everything that is inside.  So, good becomes great.  Bad becomes worse.  This is why you were chosen.  Because a strong man, who has known power all his life, will lost respect for that power.  But a weak man knows the value of strength.  And knows compassion.”  Maybe it’s the pastor in me that’s coming out, but I couldn’t help but think of Jesus when he said that.  Good stuff.

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