Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

July 23, 2011

Movie review: Captain America

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Editor’s note: A Jacksonville resident has been reviewing movies for friends for several years and has offered to share his thoughts with Daily Progress readers. His reviews come in personal letters to his nicknamed friend, Spud Nut. Our reviewer is Tater Tot, so consequently, the movies get ratings based on potatoes.

Spud Nut,

Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13, 121 minutes) is the best Marvel comic book hero movie made since the debut of Iron Man in 2008.  

Chris Evans is the 97 pound weakling who patriotically wants to defend our country in WW-II.  Thanks to the secret scientific developments invented by Stanley Tucci, Evans becomes a super athlete who can change the course of the war in Germany.  

However, the other side has Hugo Weaving who has also become extraordinarily powerful.  His evil designs form the Hydra cult that is even worse than the Nazis.  

Captain America has heart and is as enjoyable in its own endearing way as was Inglourious Basterds.  Both films creatively rewrite history much more to our liking than what really happened.  

We will see more of this very likable character in The Avengers movie series to be released soon.  When Captain America and Iron Man team up on screen, I will be among the first in line to watch them in four potatoes rated action.

Tater Tot

Tater Tot,

Captain America: The First Avenger is the stuff of Saturday mornings at the picture show.  It’s an old fashioned good vs. evil romp exploding all over the screen.  

Chris Evans is perfect in the title role, with his chiseled jaw and steely gaze.  Hayley Atwell just heats up the screen every time she comes on.  Hugo Weaving is appropriately menacing as the Uber Nazi.  Tommy Lee Jones was a surprise gritty addition.  

You said it:  Stanley Tucci just steals the show.  Not since Julie and Julia has he had such a juicy part.  

As in any comic book movie, the special effects are the real star of this outing.  The whole history as sci fi thing is done up to a fair-the-well.  I especially liked Herr Schmidt’s incredible roadster.  It’s almost as impressive as the Batmobile!  

If you enjoyed Hellboy, you’ll love this one.  I’d say grab on to a speeding train and race to see this fun and exciting romp.

I’ll be waiting for The Avengers to come out next year.

See you at the concession stand,

Spud Nut