Monday, October 31, 2011

Captain America - The Blu-Ray Release

Officially, the movie is called Captain America - The First Avenger. We'll just call it Captain America for our purposes. The First Avenger part was added for film goers in other countries who are put off by anything with America in the title. In certain countries, the Captain America was dropped and the film became The First Avenger. I'll give you a moment to ponder that.

The summer blockbuster (a success, but not a huge one) made it to DVD and blu-ray last week so I retrieved a copy from a near-by RedBox machine for viewing at home. Mrs. DisneylandTraveler was asleep for the first showing so I actually got to see the film twice in my 24 hour rental period. That's a lot of Captain America. But I didn't mind. It's a good film as are most of the efforts now coming out of the Disney owned Marvel Studios. If nothing else, they are entertaining.

Captain America succeeds as a movie because it tells a straightforward story that is pretty easy to follow along. This is comic book stuff. The movie is not here to trick you or pass itself off as a work of art. Captain America simply tells a story of how a 98 pound weakling, a "good guy", with a great and relentless heart gets to kick some butts on the bad guys (some variation of Nazis - always a good target). Watching the film, I thought of it more as an Indiana Jones type movie rather than a superhero movie. A good story that is well paced and a great cast make Captain America a winner (as someone who is nicknamed Captain America should be).

The Marvel Universe is complete. Beginning with the first Iron Man and followed by The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and now Captain America, the stage is set for when all our superhero friends will get together under the direction of Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D to save the world in next summer's The Avengers - the first of the Marvel Studios films that will be distributed by Disney. In the works is also Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 so the Disney/Marvel deal is about to begin pay off huge dividends. 

Now if we could only get the Marvel superheroes to take up residence inside Tomorrowland's Innoventions building.

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