Captain America: The First Avenger

In all honesty, I didn’t know much about Captain America before watching the Avengers. I only watched this in order to get a bit of the back story on him, and having done that, I’m very impressed, more with the Captain’s actual story than with the movie in itself. Since I watched this after the Avengers, this is going to have a lot of comparisons between the two as well as a review.

First of all, it must be said that the Captain got short-changed in the Avengers. His character could have been used far more than the extra it had seemingly been cast as. I enjoyed watching the brotherly relationship between Bucky and Steve, and was extremely surprised to see Howard Stark (Iron Man’s dad) in the movie, as every bit of a casanova that his son grows up to be

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The story is interesting and concerns, as many movies set in WWII, the Valkyrie – the Nazi super-weapon designed to destroy the allies. In this movie, Johann Schmidt, a Nazi scientist and head of Hydra, the science division is the villain Red Skull. However, don’t expect Avengers-style destruction. This was set in the ’40s – explosions were smaller then.

Personally, the end was far more interesting than the story, as 70 years pass by before the Captain is found. If you’ve seen the Avengers, the rest is history. One thing, Which recently occurred to me is that even though Howard Stark and the Captain were good friends, the Captain and Howard’s son Tony don’t get along so well. Wonder why?

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Another example of don’t mess with the tried-and-tested

Under normal circumstances, Ghost Rider is one of my favorite Marvel heroes. Under “normal” circumstances. I loved the first picture, especially Blackheart, who in my view is one of the greatest movie villains  The plot was good, and the action awesome. Tough formula to get wrong, no? Apparently not.

When Spirit of Vengeance released, I had great hopes for the movie, hoping for something that would parallel or even exceed the lofty benchmarks set by its predecessor. I was mistaken. This movie is one of the worst movies I have ever watched. The plot is terrible, any action very weird, and the characters are really sad. But the worst part is the number of unnecessary changes to the overall story arc as well as to Blaze himself. Small things, like the Rider’s bike to larger things, like the story of how Blaze makes the deal with Satan have been changed without remorse. Johnny Blaze’s character has been rewritten completely from a brooding bad-ass to an entirely different person, who cracks bad jokes and is more like the Joker from Batman than the Ghost Rider. Iconic dialogues like “You. Guilty. Look into my eyes” have been removed. Indeed, the Rider himself barely talks.

 

Please don’t ask about the story. because there isn’t one of any note. And please, take my advice and don’t EVER watch the movie. Its a disgrace to film-making.