ByTed Sar, writer at
I do weekly movie retrospectives. It doesn't matter. None of this matters.

Captain America (1990)

Directed by Albert Pyun
Written by Stephen Tolkin

"Coming Spring 1990 to theaters everywhere!" boasted the poster for Captain America but if one wanted to watch the film in the US, they only had the option of video in 1992. Surely, such a release would be characteristic of a Corman-film. This was a film helmed by Marvel partnered with a Yugoslavian production company, starring the son of the author of Catcher in the Rye. Could it actually be worse than the previous movies or will we want it for its supreme intelligence?

Although if you can't be assed listening to the review (which is understand- HEIL HITLER!), here's the abridged version;

The Negatives

  • None of the emotional moments are convincing at all.
  • The dialogue is full of clunky exposition.
  • The movie's pacing is slow due to redundant scenes.
  • The movie loses all sense of fun and excitement at the 35 minute mark.
  • A colossally bad script.
  • A ridiculous score that doesn't fit the movie at all.

The Positives

  • Matt Salinger is a decent Steve Rogers/Captain America.
  • The first third of this movie is a lot of dumb-fun to watch.
  • The villain is easily the most interesting and memorable aspect of the film.


Next week, now that we've managed to wade through the dreck, we'll finally dive head-first into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Captain America: The First Avenger.

Thanks for reading/listening.


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