Captain America (1990) starring Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Michael Nouri, Scott Paulin, Kim Gillingham, Melinda Dillon directed by Albert Pyun Movie Review

Captain America (1990)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Matt Salinger in Captain America (1990)

Big Bomb

This may sound very wrong but this 1990 version of "Captain America" is everything I wanted it to be. You may ask how because this is a movie panned for being bad but that is exactly what I hoped for a movie which is so bad it is good. Okay so it was never intended to be a bad movie and it probably really sucks for fans of the Captain America story but for those like me who just want to be entertained will love this movie for being so entertainingly bad.

Now surprisingly there is a bit of a storyline to "Captain America" as we have the beginning with how Steve Rogers came to be Captain America back at the tail end of WWII thanks to a defecting Italian scientist. We then have some drama evolving a battle with the Nazi enemy the Red Skull where Captain America ends up strapped to a Big Bomb and fired towards the Whitehouse only for in the nick of time he diverts it to Alaska. And then the story jumps to the modern day with a plot to kidnap the American President. There is more to it than that including Steve's former love and her attractive daughter and whilst none of it is complex you do have to watch to keep tabs on the ludicrous nature of it all.

But whilst this earlier version of "Captain America" has a plot the movie is generally so bad that everything about it makes you laugh from the obviously terrible dialogue to a mix of wooden over the top acting. Plus there are the special effects, costumes and what now is incredibly corny patriotism and so much more. Oh and there is the detail such as when Captain America is strapped to the Big Bomb and fired from Europe to hit the Whitehouse only for Captain America to manage to divert the bomb to Alaska, man that bomb carries a lot of fuel. This is the sort of movie which if you turned it into a drinking game you would be plastered before the first half was over it is that bad.

But everything which is bad about it now makes it entertaining and whilst that was never the intention it certainly makes it an enjoyably daft movie to watch. As I said fans of the character probably hate this movie because it is that bad but for the casual movie fan who just wants to be entertained the fact that everything about it is entertainingly bad makes it so much fun.

What this all boils down to is that this 1990 version of "Captain America" taken as a serious attempt to bring the character to the screen is simply terrible. But for those who love to be entertained by movies which are good because they are bad will love this.