This is the second snapshot in the “Under the Lamppost” series, with the first being “More than a Book.” While that one was unique, this will, at the moment, be the typical format for this series. There should be new uploaded snapshots just about every week of various movies, books, tv shows, albums, and other things!
Released in May 2011, Captain America: The First Avenger followed in the continuity of what has now become widely known as the MCU, or Marvel Cinematic Universe. It takes place during World War II, and follows Steve Rogers, who is denied enlistment into the U.S. army due to being scrawny and in poor health. When the opportunity to volunteer in a top secret government project comes along, he is transformed and enhanced into the world’s first superhero, Captain America. His ideals and friends carry him through his struggles as they prepare for the ultimate battle against HYDRA, a nazi rogue science division.
I really enjoy these movies, and while no movie is perfect, I find these to be quite good. There is slight language in it, as well as some intense action scenes. The villain is insane and calls himself a god, but it’s clearly indicated that this is a load of rubbish. While it is a movie in World War II with many battles, there is no gore or anything of that sort in these.
I’m going to give this 7/10 stars. As this blog is mainly for teenagers, I’ll be mostly recommending things for ages 13+ with certain exceptions. So, I’m gonna say this is a 13+ movie as it’s rated. That said, parents know us best, and they decide whatever they wish. It’s not for me to decide, I’m just making an observation. 🙂
Of all characters in the movies in the MCU, Steve Rogers, or Captain America, is my favorite. His morals and character make him stand apart from the crowd of other superheroes. Even though this movie isn’t perfect or squeaky clean, I really love the characters. Another character that is wonderful is Peggy Carter, and the story that unfolds between the two of them is beautifully done as the movie progresses. The themes of patriotism and sacrifice are embedded in America, and this movie also inspiringly brings those themes to the forefront with some amazing storylines.
In the beginning of the movie, when Steve is selected by Dr. Abram Erskine for the program that will change his life, he asks him, “Why me?”
Dr. Erskine thoughtfully responds, “Because a strong man who has known power all his life can lose respect for that power, but a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows compassion.”
Later, he tells him, “Whatever happens, you must promise me one thing: that you will stay who you are; not a perfect soldier, but a good man.”
For me, that reminds me of a beautiful picture that I remember from the Old Testament of the Bible, when the prophet Samuel is selecting which young man to anoint for the Lord as the future king of Israel. This verse is an inspiring parallel that I see between this movie and the Bible.
“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7b
While this movie isn’t flawless, it tells a patriotic story that I definitely enjoy each time I watch it. The final thoughts are yours, but I think this movie is worth a watch. In the end, movies are man made, and therefore always imperfect. However, if we consistently dwell on the things that are holy and upright and lovely, then our hearts will forever be in the right place. I absolutely love the themes I find in this movie, and I hope you will too!
If you’re interested in it, you can either rent it or buy it here. 🙂 I hope you all enjoyed the first snapshot in the “Under the Lamppost” series!