The following review is the first part of a series of movies recommended for viewers who would like to either remember September 11, 2001, or would like to reflect on the strong values that enabled the United States of America to preserve on that tragic day. The order of the series is based on the poignancy, suitability, and power (least to greatest) of the movies recommended.
“Captain America: The First Avenger”
Although a seemingly ill-suited and unrelated choice for a movie meant to inspire Americans and remind them of a national tragedy, “Captain America” serves as a powerful icon. A man who was literally created to defend the American way of life, Captain America stands as a symbol of the American way.
The character was initially created as a symbol of American justice triumphing over the Nazis and has since become a powerful symbol of liberty. Furthermore, Captain America is more than a superhero – he is an iconic figure representative of the American spirit – a spirit that, for the past two centuries, has kept America a strong and vibrant nation.
Admittedly, “Captain America” does not do the tragic events of September 11, 2001 justice. However, “Captain America” does an impressive job representing Americans’ responses immediately following the tragedy. Following the collapse of the World Trade Centers, American servicemen leapt into action – risking, and in many cases, sacrificing their lives to save the innocent victims of the horrific attack. These ordinary men and women showed that America and all that it embodies, would not collapse, even when attacked by 197 tons of screaming steel. Their heroism serves as a reminder and a representation of the power of the American dream – even when in the midst of a nightmare.
Ten years later, the combination of heroism and humanity showed by these real American heroes serves to both remind Americans of that tragic September day and to inspire them to maintain their pride. Captain America serves not as a surreal superhero, rather, he acts as a monument to the heroic response of the courageous people who charged selflessly onto the scene and saved the lives of others.
“Captain America: The First Avenger,” when watched in the context of September 11, immortalizes the efforts of these American heroes and stands as a powerful reminder that America is a strong nation that will neither bend to the will of terrorists nor teeter when threatened – it will be a nation of strength and power that will trumpet its cry of freedom.