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The Thrill
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Since: 16.4.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.04
Welcome home, men of the 2nd Bn, 127th Infantry, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, WI Army National Guard! Job well done in Iraq!

Went to the 2D midnight showing. (First 12:01 flick for yours truly since Star Wars: Episode I. Yeah, let's not go there.)

Trailer before movie: the new Spider-Man flick. The relatively hardcore comic book fan crowd I was with...BOOED. I smiled to myself.

Not bad...although here and there, I would get lost for a couple of seconds following the plot. Expected more Nazis and less Hydra than I got.

The buy-bonds tour stuff was unexpected, yet great.

Tommy Lee Jones stole the show. His one-liners were simply EPIC.

Crowd popped HUGE for The Avengers trailer at the end.

Not bad. Can't wait for the Back-of-the-Head review. :-)


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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.30
Thrill, where'd you get lost? Between the midnight showing (first for me since Ep. III, which was free!) and ping-ponging between 2D & 3D showings today I've seen it four times so far, and will be seeing it again tomorrow on an IMAX sized, but non-IMAX branded screen with my wife.

So any questions anyone might have, I'll probably be able to answer.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.71
I saw it and enjoyed it. I was hoping for more WWII stuff since what we got was good stuff. The Spiderman trailer didn't win anyone over, but everyone stayed for the Avengers' trailer. I loved the end though, it was pretty perfect. The Easter Egg stuff at the World's Fair was awesome as was the War Bound tour. I still like Thor a bit better, but this was worth the wait. If the worse that you can say about the film is you wish it was longer then its more of compliment than anything else.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
I just got back from this and really, really liked it. Much better than Thor and Green Lantern. Though we got stuck with a 3d showing which just further confirmed to me how much I hate 3d.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.97
My big bugaboo, as mentioned above, has been lack of nazis in most of lead up material. Yes, its a kids movie (nominally) and yes use of nazis may hurt its overseas box office, but to me, a war movie with few nazis rings hollow.

Plus, im not a fan of hydra being a wwii group instead of a silvr age bond vilain organization.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
    Originally posted by odessasteps
    My big bugaboo, as mentioned above, has been lack of nazis in most of lead up material. Yes, its a kids movie (nominally) and yes use of nazis may hurt its overseas box office, but to me, a war movie with few nazis rings hollow.

    Plus, im not a fan of hydra being a wwii group instead of a silvr age bond vilain organization.


I just took it as Hydra was a special division of the Nazis so they needed a special division of the alies to fight them. All the main battlefield stuff was done by the regular army.

The conveniently multicultural team bugged me more than that.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.97
Well, the howling commandos (and easy company) were always ethnically diverse.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.30
Hydra has always* been involved in WWII though. A.I.M. started out as the tech part of Hydra in WWII and then split off in the 60s, so I don;t really see the argument.






*since their first appearance in '60s comics.

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Since: 12.3.02
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#9 Posted on
It seemed a bit of a hedge to me too, but I just figured the Red Skull though Hitler was just too warm and fuzzy for him.

In any event--this was a great movie. Best since the first Iron Man, I thought.




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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.97
In the strange tales ive heard, hydra was just marvels vwrsion of spectre.

To my knowledge, the wwii stuff did nt even begin to pop up until the introduction of baron strucker, which was maybe a year or so after they had been introduced. I dont remenber arthur brown, the first leader of hydra, having a wwii connection.

But ive not read those nick fury stories lately.



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Since: 23.6.10
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
I was kinda hoping we'd get to see a white Nick Fury in the 40's. They could explain that all directors of SHIELD use Nick Fury as a code name.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.76
    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    I was kinda hoping we'd get to see a white Nick Fury in the 40's. They could explain that all directors of SHIELD use Nick Fury as a code name.


That's a great idea.

The quality of this movie shocked me. It was indeed the best Marvel movie since Iron Man 1. The action scenes looked better than I expected after seeing the Cap outfit. The rescue mission was definitely my favorite part.

What really set this movie apart was the humor. It wasn't corny and lame like Green Lantern or funny but predictable like Thor. Jokes were delievered at exactly the right time in exactly the right way, just like in Iron Man 1, and that matters a lot with these big action fests.

This role was perfectly cast and perfectly played, especially in the skinny dweeb phase. Great job by all involved and the Avengers teaser looks great as well. Marvel is kicking ass right now.



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#13 Posted on
    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    The conveniently multicultural team bugged me more than that.


There is an historical unit which was one of the most feared by the Germans (who called them the Black Devils) and which had more cultural and ethnic diversity than any other unit in the war - at least that I know of.

In fact, it was a unit that could have had Wolverine and Nick Fury in it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Brigade

I am not sure if the Devil's Brigade had black soldiers in it, although it certainly could have - at least from the Canadian side.

It certainly had cultural diversity including Canada's most decorated WWII First Nations soldier:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Prince





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Since: 3.1.02
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.47
Went to see this late Friday night in a small 2D theater in Portland, ME with my teenage daughter and we loved it. Tommy Lee Jones was back in Fugitive form. His voice is a character unto itself. The action was fun and the reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark was classic. Of course we stayed for The Avengers teaser and she completely geeked out. It was a great way to send her off to camp the next day. My wife is rearranging her day today to take our other 2 kids. I think she just wants another glance or two at Thor.



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#15 Posted on

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie & thought Chris Evans did a wonderful job ... my 6-year old is already talking about seeing the Avengers next summer.
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Since: 22.2.04
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.76
This has nothing to do with the film itself, but the biggest crowd pop in my showing came from an embarrassed mother finally taking her ~1 year old daughter out the theater after the kid's cries were heavily booed during the first 30 minutes.

My wife and I got a kick out of that and remembered why we don't go to afternoon movies.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.28
A lot of this movie hit home runs, and the audience I saw it with loved every one-liner. The punchline to the Nazi kidnapping the redhead was classic.

Even after all these comic movies, there's still a voice in my head that is astonished to see the Red Skull in a big-budget Captain America movie.





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Since: 23.6.10
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
    Originally posted by Llakor
      Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
      The conveniently multicultural team bugged me more than that.


    There is an historical unit which was one of the most feared by the Germans (who called them the Black Devils) and which had more cultural and ethnic diversity than any other unit in the war - at least that I know of.

    In fact, it was a unit that could have had Wolverine and Nick Fury in it:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Devil%27​s_​Brigade

    I am not sure if the Devil's Brigade had black soldiers in it, although it certainly could have - at least from the Canadian side.

    It certainly had cultural diversity including Canada's most decorated WWII First Nations soldier:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Tommy_​Prince





Very cool.


One thing that hasn't really been metioned is the love story. I thought it was really well done. Not forced and shoehorned in like Green Lantern, it was organic and subtle.

I was ready to hate Hayley Altwell after seeing her "I think it works" line 100 times in commercials. Figured she'd be the typical sassy I am woman hear me roar type. She is a strong woman, but definately not over assertive and when she goes off with that line, you don't blame her.

I liked how she really started liking Steve before he became Cap and was the only one concerned for his safety during the experiment.

And the final line of the movie is a heartbreaker. I really hope there is a scene in the Avengers of Steve getting a dance with a 90 something Peggy...
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.94
I caught CA this morning as it was presented to the IT community by Symantec, an official sponsor of the film. (How's that for an endorsement, CRZ?)

Thoroughly enjoyed it - the story and dialogue were above "super hero" level, and what I found most impressive was the CGI of Chris Evans' head on a puny body initially. It looked so real. The 3D, while unnecessary, was still enjoyable in some of the action scenes (jumping off tank, throwing the shield, etc).

Without spoiling it, I didn't think the movie would end how it did, but I guess they want to set up the Avengers as quick as they can - enjoyed the teaser trailer after the credits.

This is the first movie I've seen since Christmas, so I'll have to make some time to see Thor as there seems to be a bit of a tie-in.
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.84
    Originally posted by The Goon
    Without spoiling it, I didn't think the movie would end how it did, but I guess they want to set up the Avengers as quick as they can - enjoyed the teaser trailer after the credits.


It feels to me like they ended this movie the way they did, because they still have some questions to answer from the end of the Thor movie. But that Avengers teaser was absolutely top-notch. Four years of Marvel films all lead to this.

This is everything I wanted from a Captain America movie. They finally showed movie audiences WHY Captain America has the reputation that he does. His character demanded a WWII origin and we got a great one.

Only minor complaint was the focus on HYDRA over the Nazis. Because Nazis...aren't evil enough, I guess. I would have loved to see Cap punch Hitler in the face, but that's probably the closest I'll get, so I'll happily take it.

Thumbs up, but I'm going to sit in the minority and say this wasn't as sublime an experience as Thor.



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