It seems that we have become part of today’s geeky generation as film adaptations of famous comic books are so prevalent that they are being produced and released in theaters almost simultaneously. In this modern world, with the growing advancement of technologies, film adaptation proves to be a significant medium for the preservation of comic book stories. While there are still existing comic books enthusiasts, we cannot overlook the fact that the popularity of such product may slowly decrease some time in the future. And I believe film adaptations are helpful enough to boost up the comic book sales again. Otherwise, the outstanding artworks of comic book artists will only go to waste and unappreciated.
The reason why I’m bringing this topic up is because after the recent release of Green Lantern movie, Captain America: The First Avenger came out one month later here in the Philippines. Of course, not being a fan of comic books, I watched the movie with no idea of what the story was all about. All I know was that the stature of a certain soldier-wanna-be was enhanced physically in order to become an eligible, strong soldier.
I came to admire the character development of Steve Rogers AKA Captain America, the protagonist of the movie. One specific scene that touched my heart was the part when Steve spontaneously covered his body around the dummy grenade to “supposedly” protect the people around the area from being killed by the grenade. Despite his weak physical nature, he possessed a strong personality that would rarely be found in any person. His attitude and act of selflessness became an inspiration to the audience and he certainly demonstrated a good example/model to everyone. It was amazing how he continued to abide with his principle not to kill despite having a strong passion to fight for his country. Because of that, he evidently showed to be a deserving Captain America.
These are some of the quotes I found in the movie quite inspiring:
Steve Rogers: There are men laying down their lives. I got no right to do any less than them. That’s what you don’t understand. This isn’t about me.
Steve Rogers: I don’t wanna kill anyone. I don’t like bullies. I don’t care where they’re from. Well, there are already so many big men fighting this war. Maybe what we need now is the little guy, huh?
Dr. Abraham Erskine (to Steve Rogers): …The serum was not ready. But more important, the man. The serum amplifies everything that is inside. So, good becomes great. Bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because a strong man, who has known power all his life, will lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength. And knows compassion.
Dr. Abraham Erskine: Whatever happens tomorrow, you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are. Not a perfect soldier, but a good man.
Overall, the movie was entertaining and enjoyable. The storyline was good and the message implied was meaningful as well. It was able to show how Captain America became the First Avenger and how he managed to be alive until the present time. I guess the purpose of the movie was to tell people that superheroes don’t necessarily need to be perfect and possess great powers to defeat enemies. The motive and goodness of one’s heart is what truly matters.