Saturday, May 21, 2016
Marvel Watch: We Admit We Watched "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011) for the 5 Billionth Time
Oh, FX Network. I know when you aren't playing some of my favorite shows (Fargo, The Americans, Louie, Baskets...) your other primary job seems to be playing Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) on what seems to be an infinite loop. You're following the 1990's TBS Raiders of the Lost Ark model, and it worked for them there, and it's working for you here.
I don't always write up or post when I watch a movie on cable, especially if its one I've seen before, especially multiple times, as I usually wander in after the beginning and don't always make it to the end. But CA: The First Avenger is one that I seem to turn on as I'm flipping channels, some time will pass and suddenly and I'll realize I'm finding myself watching Peggy Carter talking to Steve about meeting him at the Stork Club as the Flying Wing plunges into the Atlantic.
I wouldn't say this is a perfect movie from a technical standpoint - and the CGI breaks down here and there (even as Skinny Steve still looks seamless to me). But, man, it works for me. And not just because of Hayley Atwell (which doesn't hurt).
What's funny is that, oh, gee... I guess back in 2009 when they were talking about this movie getting made, there was all sort of concern that the amazingly savvy audiences of the modern era wouldn't take to Captain America as a character because of something or other about how much smarter we are in the 2010's than we were in the 1940's and that having something to do with being a decent human being no longer being a "relatable" trait for a character.*
Well, the marketing wasn't all there for this movie, and it didn't make a mint, but, boy howdy, the sequels did just fine, it seems. And we got two good seasons of a spin-off TV show with Peggy Carter, which happened to be one of the few watchable things on network TV in the past couple of years.
Anyway, I dig this movie, and I should probably not just turn it on and leave it on as much as I do, but there you have it.
*I cannot tell you how annoyed I get at the idea that audiences of the modern era are more "sophisticated". Watching a ton of TV doesn't make you more sophisticated, but it will train you to expect certain things. I sat through two movies from the 1940's last night with an audience that giggled at anything they didn't understand like a herd of middle-school kids. The techniques change and symbolism and execution change with technology and perception, but your hip, modern ideas are going to look positively quaint in fifteen years, so, get over yourself, you knobs.