Earlier this week, I was watching “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News. During his segment, “pinheads and patriots”, O’Reilly gave a “thumb’s up” to the movie, “Captain America: The First Avenger.” He stated what I had been thinking since I saw this film on Saturday. Captain America shows Americans as heroes. In my opinion, O’Reilly didn’t go far enough in his praise. This is a film that Hollywood used to make. It not only shows Americans as heroes, but shows Americans as the good guys. It shows us using our technology to defeat evil in the world and to protect the American way. And, it does it without the use of “R” rated language and/or “R” rated sex.
This is a film I was highly anticipating from the time I heard it was being made. I have always liked WWII action movies and have been a fan of Captain America; reading the comic book while a youngster growing up on Long Island. Imagine my great surprise when I saw that Marvel had decided to place two and maybe three of Sargeant Fury’s Howling Commandos in the film as well. Sargeant Fury just happened to be my favorite comic book growing up; not the Nick Fury of SHIELD, but the Sargeant Fury of WWII fame. It was always great to see Fury’s adventures in defeating the NAZI’s in various top secret commando raids. And, the Nick Fury of WWII fame also had to deal with the death of one of his commandos and other leading characters in the series. As all of you Sargeant Fury fans know, the character of Junior Juniper is killed early in the series and is replaced by Brit Pinky Pinkerton (who also appears in the Captain America film I think).
“Captain America: The First Avenger“ had great WWII action like the Fury comic book and more; it is also an old fashioned romance. Captain America is attracted to the British agent that is part of his training team. She is also attracted to him, but unfortunately, the war keeps them apart. Duty takes priority over love in this case and in the case of many real soldiers during the WWII era. Captain America knows his duty to his country comes first. And, in the end the hurt and anquish that one can have as a result of war is also shown.
Imagine my pleasure at seeing Americans and the American government painted as the good guys in this film. It was competely different from the left wing agenda that has been so prevelant in films from the last few years. This is no anti-Iraq war film. This is no anti-army film. It said nothing bad about Americans and the American Government in the way ”The Green Zone,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Avatar,” “In the Valey of Elah,” “Brothers”, or ”Rendition,” do. It was just great pro-American propaganda. And, it was shown in an entertaining way without ramming its message down the throat of the viewer.
I always knew the guys at Marvel Entertainment were pro-American and this film proves it. I just wish Stan Lee had more Conservative beliefs. A review of the Internet shows that Mr. Lee was a rather heavy contributor to Democratic candidates and the DNC in the 90′s. However, evidence indicates he has not donated to anyone or any PAC since 2000.
Other evidence suggests that Lee’s political beliefs tend to be a little confused. In the heydey of Marvel from the 1950′s to the 1970′s, according to the blog Nobody Laughs at Mr. Fish, Marvel and Lee, who was the heart and soul of Marvel, followed a pretty Conservative anti-Commie agenda. Everyone from The Fantastic Four through and including Hulk were after the Red Menace. The cited blog makes an interesting point stating, “Was this just the time or was it Stan Lee’s politics?”
And, “Sargeant Fury and his Howling Commandos” definitly made the point that America was the good guys in WWII. In fact, they were fighting for “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” I know that’s DC and Superman, but I’m just making a point. The current Marvel slate of motion pictures such as Iron Man and Captain America seem to indicate a Conservative slant at the Company. Maybe Marvel has decided to go this way? It definitely seems to be the point with Captain America. I just wish more people would have the guts to make films like this. If so, John Wayne and Ronald Reagan wouldn’t be turning over in their graves.