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Jul. 28th, 2011

Flailing so, SO HARD about the Avengers movie now. OMG.

Captain America was a lot of fun. It was an intensely silly movie, but it was pretty plain that it was supposed to be intensely silly, and thus the silly was fun and not cringe-inducing. Though there were a couple bits so obviously "21st century take on 1940s" that they punched my suspension of disbelief in the stomach.

But either way, at the end there was another teaser for The Avengers AND HOLY SHIT FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL




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Jul. 31st, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
Saw Captain America on Friday. XD It was a fun movie, and I enjoyed it a lot! I didn't catch any of the anachronisms though, so now I'm curious, what were they? :D
Aug. 1st, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
The two big ones that really hit me:

- When they're talking about Steve's genetic code. The structure of DNA wasn't discovered until 1953. So it was being investigated in the 1940s and 1950s, but it just struck me as pretty jarring. I think we just take an understanding of the finer points of genetics for granted, and it really shows since they used that as an explanation in a WWII era movie instead of just being like, "Wow, this super serum is AWESOME."

- The US military was segregated until President Truman ordered it desegregated via executive order in July of 1948. So the happy multicultural cast of soldiers is a big anachronism. And it's one I like... because I think Captain America today is really supposed to be an idealized, "America fuck yeah!" vision of the past. Steve is Captain America after all, and today's America is at least ideally one where there's equality. I also feel like they at least put in a little nod to the fact that they were glossing over the historical reality when there's the Asian soldier in with all the prisoners that get rescued and he's all, "I'm from Fresno, asshole." That seriously amused me.

So please don't see this as me nitpicking as a movie that obviously makes no claims about historical accuracy. The more I think about it, the more I think Captain America was very consciously made in a stylized, comic book way that's specifically a modern take on the past, since it was about making Cap a hero for people to still like today. (Though I will admit, it would've been really interesting to see Steve struggle with changing racial issues, for example, but it really would not have fit with the tone of the movie at all.) I thought it was hella fun. And considering the whole Hydra thing, yeah... it's not like it's in any way a history movie. XD
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