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Captain America: The First Avenger Review

25 Jul
What can be said about the latest addition to the Avengers team and the most recent incarnation of Captain America? How about… AWESOME! 

Don’t worry, we here at Comic Addicts understand your concern. Right about now you’re probably asking yourselves questions like, “How do we know this isn’t a re-hash of everything that’s been done before?” or “Does Chris Evans really make a good Captain America?” or “Did they cop out and make it a superhero love story?” The quick short answers to those questions are, “Trust us it’s not. Yes he really does. And no, they did not.”
Chris Evans as The Cap
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So what makes this Captain America different? Well there are three things done in Captain America: First Avenger that help to make the story more concrete and real. Steve Rogers wasn’t picked for the experiment simply because he was willing and because he was weak. Rogers was chosen for his heart, mind, and the drive to do good. The next element is that after Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) was killed it was Colonel Chester Phillips’ (Tommy Lee Jones) inclination to send Rogers to the lab to be studied so that perhaps the process and formula could be recreated. It wasn’t the same old, “Well we at least got you, so we’ll put you out on the front lines!” No, Rogers had to earn his due. The other element is that Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) isn’t the plucky Robin-esque sidekick this time. He is Rogers’ friend and the same age. They grew up together and in fact Bucky was the one who bailed Rogers out of fights in back-alleys.

Does Chris Evans make a good Captain America? Yes, he does. What makes him different? Evans’ approach to Cap is that he’s still unsure of himself, but very willing to just jump in as well as disobey orders to do what is right. Evans also plays Cap with a level of intelligence. He’s not some spandex clad monkey simply taking orders. Well, not after the USO shows anyway! As for the love story, well it’s very subtle. There are hints and flirts throughout the film, but the story doesn’t revolve around it. So breathe easy knowing that it’s not a smooch-fest in costume.

Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull, now was there ever any doubt he couldn’t do it? After parts such as V in V for Vendetta and Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy he was an excellent choice for the part. Weaving’s Red Skull is brilliant but greedy, with his own vision of the world and the drive to make that vision come true. So in other words, he’s pretty spot on to the comics.
Agent Red Skull
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As for some of the supporting characters, they were cast and played wonderfully as well. Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) makes it easy to see that Tony a.k.a. Iron Man didn’t fall far from the tree. The Howling Commandos: Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough), Jones (Derek Luke), Morita (Kenneth Choi), Falsworth (JJ Field), and Dernier (Bruno Ricci) were every bit as rambunctious and calculating as they were in the comics. Although you don’t see Nick Fury until the end of the film.There are little things to keep your eye out for throughout the film. For example, at the World’s Fair, you get a brief shot of a man in a glass tube labeled “The Synthetic Man”. It’s the original human torch, though you never get to see him flame up.
There is also a nod to the 1970’s series Captain America starring Reb Brown who was the Captain America that rode the motorcycle and was an artist. There are other such little things tucked away in the film that undoubtedly you’ll all pick up on. Although we’re sure it goes without saying, we’re still going to say it – don’t leave until after the credits.
Avengers Assemble!!!
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Overall a fantastic film that makes Captain America seem much more plausible than past incarnations. Much better than the Roger Corman flick (not that it takes much). Watch it for yourselves and tell us what you think.
The Shield – No, not Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Cap’s Weapon + Armor
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Review

18 Jul

Alright, so this exactly new news, but late is better than never right? So here it is, a review of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Besides, think of it as a nice break in all of this Harry Potter madness.

So lets start with the obvious; Megan Fox isn’t in it. So how does her replacement Rosie Huntington-Whiteley do? Well in the first half of the movie she does well; however, once the action really kicks in she seems very lost. Perhaps she would do well in romantic comedies, but Ms. Huntington-Whiteley should refrain from action films. Overall though, very attractive and the accent is also nice, but when it all hits the fan she really doesn’t have much of an effect at all.

Now, onto the important focal point of the movie; the bots! There were some very heated battles in this final installment of Transformers. You also get to see some bots that weren’t in the previous film. Bots such as Soundwave, Laserbeak, Igor, and others. Of course the classic characters come back like, Optimus, Bumblebee, Starscream, and Megatron. The most anticipated addition was Sentinel Prime.

The Mighty Spock Prime!!!

Sentinel was one of the original Primes and he is also voiced by Leonard Nimoy. Yep, that’s right, Spock came out of retirement to voice a Transformer. Very cool in a super geeky way right? What’s even more super geeky and cool (possible spoiler alert) is that Nimoy utters one of his famous lines from Star Trek; “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Awesome in a totally nerd way right?

Transformers: Dark of the Moon also has a few celebrity appearances like John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand, and Buzz Aldrin (yes THE Buzz Aldrin). Again, characters from the previous movies come back. A personal favorite is John Tuturro as Simmons. The crazy walking conspiracy encyclopedia is back and he has an assistant named Dutch played by Alan Tudyk.

The story line for Dark of the Moon is a cross between War of the Worlds and The Matrix. Aliens invade, the good guys are helpless, and the bad guys convince everyone that getting rid of the Autobots who can save us is in our best interest cause then they’ll take what they want and go away. Then, like idiots, we all believe them and have effectively been duped by the bad guys. It’s now man vs machine and the machines are winning. The ending leaves no doubt that yes, this is it. There is no room for anymore sequels, although Hollywood has proven us wrong before.

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Overall it’s a very fun flick and worth the watch. The Decepticons are much more devious and ruthless than they have ever been. A lot of gaps in the history between the humans and Transformers get filled in with some interesting surprises. For those conspiracy minded people who believe the moon landing was faked, well it was, but only to cover up the true reason for the race to the moon. It wasn’t just to beat the Russians there, it was also to investigate an event NASA computers registered before the Russians could.

Battles were fought, people and bots were lost, but in the end good prevailed over evil and humanity was saved yet again.