First off, I would like to say that I went to go see this movie already knowing that I would not like it. So you can most likely guess what type of review this will be (unless the title gives it away). I'm sure I'm not the first to ask Why in the world did they remake a Spiderman origin?... Money...Maybe...introduce new actors to the role...possibly, but why another origin? Is it safe to say that even your abuela (grandma) knows how Peter Parker became Spiderman. That is the flaw of this film, even with the little tweaks to the story I was still not impressed. How many times do we have to watch Uncle Ben die? About the only new factor was the Lizard sort of. Rhys Ifans did a good job, as did Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey. Which leaves Andrew Garfield...sorry but I prefer Tobey Maguire's performance, but for the sake of letting new actors take on new roles, I'll put that aside. What sucks about this movie is that, the story should have continued with Spiderman already being established, that way you don't bore the moviegoers with the same origin. In defense I will say that some aspects of the film did introduce true comic book material like Spiderman using cartridges instead of webbing just spewing out of his wrists. All in all the Sam Raimi Spiderman was better in my book, Peter Parker was more of a nerd not a skater, Maguire's dialogue was more genuine compared to Garfield's portrayal. Some will say its just because Tobey came first (TRUE) Either way, the word on the net seems to be similar. Its pretty simple to compare, which one did you like better?
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I have been excited about this movie since it's first mention, Chris Evans did a solid job as the mighty patriotic super soldier. The film is a bit over two hours long but tells us a intriguing retro story of how the captain came to be. The story line was fairly accurate with the comic books, the old setting is believable along with the Howard Stark tie in which makes it even better for future plots that I will not mention for the sake of spoilers. Adding to the military propaganda and olden ways seems a bit cheesy at times but then again this is how the character was detailed in the comic books as well. What I did not like about the film was that even with super serum and all, the Captain's abilities were not really portrayed as grand as an Ironman or Thor for example. We see a clear change in body mass but I felt the spectacular super human abilities were a bit muffled. This is something they can obviously change in the Avengers movie coming out next year. All in all Chris Evans pulls it off, the rest of the cast in the film add to the character of the movie and look out for Tommy Lee Jones for your occasional comedic relief. Hugo Weaving is highly believable as Red Skull, though it did take me a bit to get used to the German accent. Compared to Ironman this movie falls short, yet when compared to the Green Lantern I believe Captain America is the film to see. It is important to understand that this film is a mere stepping stone to the greater story that is the Avengers. Action is plenty and I commend Joe Johnston for his work. Oh and if you don't already know...stay after the credits for the extra scene.