The Star Spangled Man

Last night, dressed ask cute Army vixens, myself and friend Katie (along with the hubby too) went to see Captain America at midnight among a crowd much smaller than that of Harry Potter, but none the less entertaining.

The thing I have always loved about midnight showings is the passion that film buffs have for these films, especially when the origin of the subject is other than film, for example Harry Potter and in this case as well.  Katie and I found it an ample opportunity to don ladies military uniforms, which granted us much attention, and we were thrilled when we saw a real life Captain America enter the cinema.

While the film had to set up the tie in for the upcoming, present day film The Avengers (due out next May) the majority of the film takes place during World War II.  Steve Rogers, a small and rather meek looking man, tries multiple times to get into the army, but is continuously slapped with a 4F (unfit for service).  After trying yet again, he is approached by Dr. Abraham Erskine to take part in a military experiement.  While the scrawny Rogers fails most physical endevors he out smarts his fellow soldiers in snatching up the camp flag by simply removing the device that keeps the pole upright while the other soldiers attempted to climb the pole.  By proving his good character, Rogers is chosen to become the prototype for the US’s new breed of “super soldiers”.  After being injected with a solution devised by Dr. Erskine, Rogers is instantly taller, buffer, and slightly more attractive.  Meanwhile, the head of Nazi branch Hydra, Johann Schmidt had earlier been injected with the solution only prior to it being perfected, leaving him…well…you’ll just have to see for yourself.  After an explosion at the US lab, Rogers is left being the only one of his kind and is now shoved to the wayside and forced to take part in USO style shows, selling war bonds, surrounded by beautiful girls in some of the most adorable outfits singing of “The Star Spangled Man” (aka Captain America) while he wears a somewhat ridiculous outfit and punching Hitler at each event – a nod to the first Captain America comic book.  But after Colonel Chester Phillips refuses to go back and save some of his men, Rogers takes matters into his own hands, bringing back over 400 men.  Finally gaining some respect, Rogers now fully adopts his Captain America persona and focuses on taking down Hydra with the band of men he saved.

The film has more heart than its counterpart Iron Man, and packed with a level of humor and fun that can be compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark (the plot can as well). It knows not to take itself too seriously and offers up nice quips and overall pretty gosh darn good writing.

Heads up, possible spoilers ahead!

 

After the credits role, the audience enjoys the real conclusion to the film that ties it back to the beginning.  Rogers wakes up in a rather bland room.  A radio sits upon the dresser and a baseball game issues out.  Rogers listens carefully to the game and a woman dressed in 1940s period military garb enters.  Rogers asks where he is and then points out that the radio program is from 1942 and that he was at the game, and he proceeds to run out into modern day New York City to meet up with Nick Fury and other agents.  However, despite not knowing anything really of the comic, I knew it was no longer the 40s.  The lamp was off, the pitcher and glass were too large and the bed next to the chair was that of a modern interrogation room chair than a tradition bedroom or even hospital room chair from the period.  I am unsure if these things were done intentionally by the film makers to give hints to the audience or to suggest the team holding Rogers was incapable of procuring the right items.  It is hard for me to think that the errors were made without some intention since the rest of the film is spot on as far as I could tell.  Nevertheless, it was irksome and for the most part, the only irksome portion of the film.

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