Captain America Review (I Don’t Like Bullies)

I haven’t seen all the Marvel Comic movies.

This is one I couldn’t resist.

To me, Captain America will always be a Saturday morning cartoon from the 60’s I loved to watch.

I remember Marvel had a program that would rotate its super heroes every cartoon day.

Whenever it was Captain America’s turn, I was always happiest.

The animation was so simple, it was almost like a Power Point Presentation, with emphatically interjected words like KLANG and THWAK, after every touche’ or punch.

Even if you’ve never seen the oldie version, like the young friends I saw it with last night, you won’t be left behind.

It’s a simple story of the most scrawny man in America finding strength through virtue and good timing.

What really happens is a greater power finds him.

As far as evil is concerned in the movie, it starts out bad, then, once revealed, gets worse.

Many times, we look at evil dabbling in our personal lives as “just a little bit bad.”

The fact is, it’s often far more debilitating than we’re able to see, especially from a human, self-evaluation perspective.

As the villain in Captain America removes his mask, the darkest secrets about him become clear.

As weak Steve Rogers lays down his life, jumping on a grenade while still at boot camp, his deep seeded courage elevates him to the status of young a King David type.

He’s chosen for a scientific anointing and the rest, including the death of a Nazi-Goliath, is “Marvel-ous” history.

God’s plan for His chosen people is similar.

He examines the world daily, looking for those He can promote, even amongst the dregs.

He then watches them (us), do battle with evil for His kingdom, saving most of our rewards for the very end.

Sounding too altruistic for you?

Check this out from Matthew 13:

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds.
“The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man
who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.  When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.  The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?  Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”

I guess we can succeed anywhere, even amongst the weeds.

My favorite line from the movie is when the good Professor asks him if he wants to kill Nazis?

His answer?

I don’t want to kill anyone…I just don’t like bullies.

Now, who could disagree with that kind of hero?

Especially one that goes on to kill bullies.

As far as the PG-13 rating is concerned, I’d not fear it.

If my own kids were interested in seeing it, (they’re all grown up now) even if they were a 8 or 9, I’d be O.K. with that.

Why wouldn’t we want our kids to see the CGI version of a TWHAK?


One Response to “Captain America Review (I Don’t Like Bullies)”

  1. Steven Says:

    I too watched the 60s cartoon (in re-runs, I’m not that old) and you hit the nail on the head; “I Don’t Like Bullies… Anywhere.” I actually got a shiver and a little bit choked up when he said that line. It is what we as caring people should embrace, not elitist cynicism that is so prevalent today. Maybe it is the new dawn of the Real Hero, the virtuous hero, and a tapering off of the amoral anti-hero.

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