Directed By: Joe Johnston
Written By: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Release Date: July 22nd, 2011
Run Time: 2h 4m (about 1h 4m of which are total garbage)
Link to IMDb
When I first saw this movie when it first came out, I remember having enjoyed it. Having watched it again, I realized something. I had fucking garbage taste as a younger man, because this movie is terrible!
Which is a damn shame, because the first part is actually really good! It’s basically a character study of Steve Rogers, one of the most morally superior characters in the entire series. And he’s very well written! You get to see his hardships, you understand his goals, and what kind of person he is. There are plenty of great scenes that flesh him out as a character. My personal favorite being the scene where he jumps on the dummy grenade without hesitation because he thinks it’s real.
It’s this guy’s basic instinct to die for other people. I fucking love this guy!
And then the movie goes way the hell down hill! Seriously, after he saves Bucky and Red Skull becomes a character at the forefront, the whole thing devolves from a simple but interesting and compelling character story into an action movie. And no, before you ask, it is not a good action movie. The effects aren’t great, it’s super goofy, and it’s a complete departure from what made the first act great!
But to give credit where it’s due: the ending is fantastic. It may very well be the best ending in the entire MCU. Or at least it was before Infinity War happened. But that’s besides the point.
As Steve begins his dive bomb into the arctic, he and Peggy finally make plans for a date. It’s actually a really heartbreaking but sweet scene, even though it’s painfully clear that they’ll never be able to get together. Then, after Steve wakes up from the ice and runs into Nick Fury, we get one of the most powerful final lines in the entire MCU.
You okay? -Nick Fury
Yeah… Yeah it’s just… I had a date. -Steve Rogers
It then cuts to black, and the credits role. That shit is powerful!
This is the problem with the movie. There’s plenty of good things, but they are buried beneath piles of crap! If it didn’t get so bogged down in all the garbage action movie crap and terrible villain shit, then this could’ve been one of the best films in the MCU! But as it currently stands, it’s one of the worst. Not the worst. Just one of them.
But hey! At least it’s the last roadblock between me and The Avengers!