At first, I was going to write a straight-up review of Captain America, the First Avenger. It was going to be this long blog about everything I loved about the movie, how cool the little references were and how awesome the Hydra hood ornament was. Then, I realized, there’s no point to writing a regular review of Captain America. The movie is awesome, and everyone knows that. I would just be sitting here, telling you things you already know and we all know how irritating that is.
So, my first draft is officially out the window and now I’m giving you the ultra-nerd version. That’s right, we are going to sit here and talk about the things that average movie goers don’t give a shit about. We are going to totally geek out about things like Cap’s costume and Bucky Barnes. Why? Because this is Mom’s Basement and none of you wonderful people need to be told to go see Captain America because you’re awesome enough to have already gone. (In the rare case that you haven’t seen it, you may want to save this particular article until after you have. There may be spoilers below.)
Alright, then. Are you nerds ready for this? Let’s do it.
Let’s start with the costume. I was very happy about them working the classic Cap costume into the movie’s story line. It was a fun little snippet for lovers of Cap’s golden days. It was bright, star-spangled, and completely cheesy. They were able to make it work by making it a stage costume for Stevie boy. BRILLIANT!
How else would it have worked? No one with military know-how would design a super-soldier suit that stands out like a big, American Flagged shooting target for angry Nazis. People in show biz, however, would absolutely make it as flamboyant as possible. Especially back in the 40s. So I wanted to give a big ‘way to go’ to the writers for giving us a little bit of nostalgia without taking us completely out of context.
As for the movie’s “new” suit, I thought it looked amazing. It didn’t seem out of place in WWII, and the colors were there, but toned down enough to make you ok with him wearing it into battle. Snazzy! Don’t agree with me? Feel free to let me know in the comments.
Numero dos on our list of nerdiness is the Cap cycle. How many of you cried when he wrecked it? I know I did. That bike was sweetness incarnate. Dare I say beautiful? I think so. The best part about it, is that we got to see it in action. Not just shots of him revving away into the sunset on it, no, we got entire action sequences of Cap, the shield and the cycle working together to kill Hydra scum. I was pleasantly surprised at its use in the film.
The Hydra emblem. The scourge, as it were, of Steve Rodger’s very existence. I’m pretty sure just having to see it ruins his day. The movie version of the emblem looked great. It’s a bit different than a lot of the comic versions. The biggest difference being that there is no jaw bone on the movie version.