Superman and Batman get to star in their own movies, and now every superhero wants one. Held from theatrical release for two years before being dropped onto the video shelves in time to ride the Batman buzz, Captain America stars undergrad-god J.D. Salinger’s son Matt as Marvel Comics’ superpatriot. The movie isn’t merely wrong for kids — it opens in prewar Italy with a sequence in Italian with subtitles, and a machine-gun slaughter — it’s just all wrong. The shapeless blob of a plot pits Cap against his Marvel Comics foe, the Nazi Red Skull (Scott Paulin), now inexplicably Italian and mostly seen without a red skull. They resume their battle in the 1990s when Cap awakens after decades in suspended animation. He should have stayed in bed.

Captain America
  • Movie
  • 97 minutes