Captain America DVD Review
This Captain America will help you to really appreciate the 2011 version.
If there's any doubt in you're mind that we're living in a golden age of superhero movies, all that you need to do is watch a superhero film from the early 90s such as Captain America. Re-released on DVD to take advantage of those who've seen the 2011 version in theaters and can't get enough Cap in their lives, this film has none of the advantages of a large budget or computer generated effects. The film opens with the words, "this film has been manufactured using the best source material available," which apparently serves as an apology for the quality of what follows. The film is shot in full frame and a number of scratches and other defects have made their way through the transfer process. This combined with grainy film, inconsistent lighting, and a generally dark look to everything makes it look like you're watching an old, worn-out VHS tape on your 21st Century hi-system.
All that aside, the film isn't completely terrible, which is saying a lot all things considered, but it is close. The plot follows Captain America's origin story, where a polio-stricken Steve Rogers (Matt Salinger) volunteers for the US Army's secret super soldier program - so secret in fact that the Army apparently put out a call for volunteers to the general public. The Italian scientist responsible for the experiment that created Red Skull (Scott Paulin) has escaped to the US and this time gets things right with Steve Rodgers. However, a Nazi spy unwittingly invited to the proceedings kills the scientist and mucks up the equipment, ensuring that Cap will be the last of the super soldiers. Cut to a plane over Germany as Captain America is sent on his first mission, which is to penetrate a secret Nazi base and beat up Red Skull mano-a-mano. That doesn't go too well and Captain America is soon strapped to a rocket and launched at the White House. Some last second heroics by Captain America causes the rocket to miss its mark and land in Alaska instead, where he's frozen on ice for fifty years. Once defrosted, Captain America quickly learns that he's not in Kansas anymore, at least the 1942 version, and that Red Skull is now a shadowy figure running an international assassination cartel. He then heads off on a road trip to Europe with the daughter of his 1940s girlfriend in tow (Kim Willingham) to stop Red Skull, who has kidnapped the US president, while being pursued by Red Skull's daughter and her clique of Eurotrash club goers. Do I need to go on? There's surprisingly little action that goes on during the whole ridiculous thing, and Steve Rodgers spends more time during the film in jeans and Nikes than he does in his Captain America suit.
Captain America, at least the 1992 version, is something you may want to see once as a curiosity, but there's little reason to watch it more than once and even less to actually own it.
Transmitted: 4/26/2015 1:17:37 PM