Saturday, April 7, 2012

Marvel Media Mania: Captain America II: Death Too Soon

This is the sequel to the earlier made-for-TV Captain America movie. Except for Len Birman and Reb Brown, the entire cast is new. This was done as a second Captain America pilot in the same year for CBS.

Let's talk about what's good about this movie first - Christopher Lee. That's right - Count Dooku was in this film! He played the bad guy whose name I can't remember even though I just watched the film (It's just "Miguel" - I looked it up on He does a pretty good job as his voice and stature naturally lend to a menacing villain. 

Beyond that, this movie is almost complete cheese. Sure, Brown's Rogers actually summons some emotion in this one when he's yelling at a single mother. But forget about actual character development or plot. In the first movie there was a neutron bomb. In this one there is a super-deadly chemical that's about to be released into a city... wait, wasn't that a few seasons of 24 as well? 

I watched this with my four year old son and he kept asking, "When are we going to see Captain America?" When Rogers does suit up on a rare occasion, you wonder why you were looking forward to it. Cap's shield throw is so super-slow it's a wonder he hits anything with it. When he runs on the beach at super speeds, the waves seem to be crashing very quickly as well. Cap slides down a railing like a little kid. And, oh yeah, it turns out his motorcycle has had a hang glider in it all along. Which he uses. To. Very. Slowly. Chase. The. Villain. Who. Is. Driving. A. Car.

Yawn. I thought the first one was bad because it had so little Cap action in it. Now I see the filmmakers were showing their better judgment.

1LR Review - 7 out of 20 - It's a Miss!

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