I went into this movie expecting nothing and I came out happy and confused about why I was happy! It had so happened that twice during that week I had dreams about Trigun, and somewhere during Act 2 Steve Rogers and Vash the Stampede became fused in my mind. And now I find that guy weirdly attractive?? Anyway:
-I liked how it played a simple, idealistic main character against a by-now typical “gritty” storyline of government conspiracies and endless plot twists.
I feel this contrast made Steve a more likable character and gave the conflict a nice emotional heartbeat. It was more, “omg poor Steve! he believed in America so much and now it’s disappointing him!” and less “Yeah we can’t trust the feds because illuminati! Welcome to the real world, sheeple!!!!”
That link going around claiming that a mean, cynical Captain America would have been better … baffles me! We already have a cynical Batman reboot, a cynical Superman reboot, and even a cynical Spiderman reboot. Now I don’t think optimistic is better or worse than dark and gritty, but in a climate filled with Dark superhero movies, casting Captain America as naive and honest is much more subversive than whatever the heck was going on in The Ultimates.
-women and minorities yay!
Spoilers in the dooblidoo: