Joe -- I caught the film a second time this weekend (brought my boy, who loved it). I'd say that "Captain America" is a better film overall than "Iron Man" -- better supporting cast, more stylish and better story arc (be honest -- between the escape from the cave and the rather rote showdown with Jeff Bridges' character at the end, how much of the film's plot can you recall?)
"Iron Man" was basically the Robert Downey Jr. show. "Captain America" is more of a rousing picture (it drew applause at the screening I went to on Saturday).
Love a little nostalgia in my action flicks. Looking forward to it.
Oh, and how does it compare to the first Iron Man? I guess that's the real question …
Hey Joe -- even Dana Stevens in Slate makes the Raiders comparison in her review (also a rave). While she says Cap isn't quite as good (and I agree), it still recalls its predecessor in a favorable way.
I'm glad to hear that Johnston did a better job here than he did with The Wolfman. Did you just make a Raiders comparison? Oh SHIZZY, now I HAVE to buy a ticket …
Thank you, vegetable-lady …
Excellent symbolism, using Carr to represent the roughed up and ragged industry that is journalism.
See, and I would think that's an upgrade.
That can't be it, Joe. You know I own a car. I'm thinking it's because my car doesn't talk like Larry the Cable Guy.
First, allow me to blow your mind, Shehawks: I have a son. And -- are you sitting down? -- he liked Cars 2.
Second, I never said kids wouldn't like Cars 2, which, if I had, would be the only way the first sentence of your comment makes any sense. I did, however, say that a lot of the plot would go over their heads. Which really doesn't matter in a film as shiny and pretty as this one. But since I'm writing about a film whose target audience is children, I thought it worth mentioning.
He does have a kid, so that can't be it. Perhaps he doesn't own a car?
You must not have kids... cuz my son LOVED IT! We've already seen it twice and will probably see it a third time before it leaves the theaters
Dumbledore vs. The Death Eaters = Wrong! This movie ending changed so much I couldn't stand it. They missed what should have been awesome fight scenes to cut budget and time. Ruined the movie for me, and ruins my anticipation of the last film.
We're trying to instill in him an appreciation for the rock n' roll lifestyle at a very early age. So far, it seems to be working — but I think he might be selling illicit breast milk to the other babies in the neighborhood.
Thanks, Joe. I think it's cute that you've got the little tyke started out on the Bardi path with Phish apparrel.
Nice review, Sal. It makes me want to see it with my kid, but he's got a few years to go before it's movie-watching time. For now, I'd settle for him to get the ability to hold his neck straight.
Simply can't wait.
This review is quite accurate, Sal. I saw the movie last night and was disappointed with it as well.
There was a whole lot of potential plot there, but much of it was underdeveloped and therefore we didn't really care too much about what was going on. In addition, Peter Sarsgaard had a fairly intriguing performance, but again, his character was drastically underdeveloped.
I'm a Ryan Reynolds fan but he had little to work with and some of his lines might as well have come out of Van Wilder or Just Friends. I still enjoyed the movie a little bit just for its superhero entertainment value. Beyond that, there really isn't much there.
Good review, there's definitely no need to see this again haha.
It seems I made the mistake of viewing this film outside the progressive context of the original Green Lantern comics that the previous commenter cited.
Perhaps I should see it again, as a second viewing may reveal that this is, in fact, a sensitive call for respecting and nurturing the diversity of our shared universe, and not a poorly plotted, acted and directed piece of CGI-driven swill.
Or maybe we can accept that not everyone will like the same films. I like that kind of diversity, too.
Green Lantern is not derivative of the other films you cite; it preceded them all, telling the story in comics over 50 years ago exactly as portrayed in the film, inspiring much of what has followed that you wrongly assume it now copies. While X-Men 1st Class attempts to recreate an era, the Green Lantern mythos actually was created in the early 60's, blazing trails that are now taken for granted. In the Mad Men era of men dominating women in the workplace, for instance, Green Lantern's alter ego worked FOR his girlfriend. Showing that relationship now may not impress, but 50 years ago it was radical, a first in popular culture, showing a generation of Baby Boomers that life could be different.
It also portrays the universe as being full of life as diverse as we can imagine: plant, mineral, machine, and animals of every type. A universe where we are not the center of it all but probably just another who needs to adapt and live with the rest, to earn their respect. Again, that was all there in 1961, teaching respect for diversity before the civil rights had gotten very far with the same message.
Sorry you didn't care for it, but you're wrong on every point - it rocks, shining brightly on the screen. Only dim critics fail to see that.
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