Captain America unreels with machine-like efficiency from end-to-end. It's loaded with enough action and emotion to lure in audiences not steeped in comic book minutia, but also peppered with tie-ins and callbacks.
Captain America underscores the fact that we clearly have trouble confronting our own past, but we have no problem talking about other people's problems. Boy, did we get on those South Africans for apartheid!
This weekend is an excellent example of why it's the numbers, not the rankings that matter when discussing box office. And, more importantly, the context of the numbers must be taken into account as well as the hard figures.
With the release of the incredibly well-put together, amazing, thrilling Captain America movie, I think it's time to take a look at one of the unsung heroes of the character. Joe Simon created Captain America and he's a living legend.
The millions of Americans struggling to find work, keep their homes and support their families, and the millions more who are worried about their financial futures and those of their children, are looking for a real hero to save them.
Not quite as much fun as Thor, not nearly as bad as Green Lantern, Captain America: The First Avenger feels less like an exciting comic-book-hero movie than required reading for a course called The Avengers, arriving in theaters next summer.