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Touch of Evil

The familiar problem of the boring Good Guy.

Aug 15, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 45 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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What Captain America has that the rest of the year’s superhero movies don’t is a low-key charm—an odd quality for a movie that cost $140 million to make. But then, the oddity of its huge price tag is that much of it was spent making a strapping big guy (Chris Evans) look like he’s 5’2” and weighs 97 lbs. to render his magical conversion into the title character all the more convincing. It is. But everything about him when he becomes Captain America is boring. Which points out the ultimate problem with the superhero movie—the superhero.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.

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