“I could do this all day!” In Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), after being turned into a super soldier made to help win the war in the 1941, Steve Rogers fights against the Nazi-supported organization called HYDRA. Directed by Joe Johnston, the film stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers aka Captain America, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, Dominic Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones. YouTuber Natalie Gold is excited to see the origins of Captain America, after enjoying the first Iron Man film. Diving deeper into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Gold eagerly begins the movie.
Oh I get so emotional when I see guys hug and like really express that they care for each other, like bromance stuff, that’s why I was a mess when I watched Gladiator.
The YouTuber gives a disclaimer before the film letting us know she cries easily especially when she becomes very invested in certain characters. In the beginning of the film, she has so much empathy for Steve (Chris Evans) because he wants to join the army so badly to fight for his country and is crushed when initially he is unable to and has to potentially sad goodbye forever to his childhood friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan), who has enlisted and is being shipped out to fight in the war. She can already foreshadow obstacles in their relationship – “I’m going to be a mess if his friend dies you guys.”
Immediate cellular change! This is going to be like going through the most intense growth spurt of your life all at one time.
When Steve is selected as the subject for the experiment, she gets very nervous for him as he enters the chamber and anticipates what might happen to him. However, after he re-emerges and is revealed to have grown a few feet and gained a ton of muscles, she almost laughs in excitement and happiness at his transformation: “oh he’s buff now and he’s oily and greased up? How did they do that?”
When Steve is then forced to be the face of a cheesy marketing propaganda campaign about the military, Gold feels for the character’s wish to skip this part of his job description and actually go out to the front lines to help the war efforts:
Oh this is so cringy. This poor dude, all he wants to do is actually help people and stop bullies and fight for his country.
Throughout most of the film the YouTuber becomes very invested in Steve Roger’s character arc, his relationships and his willingness to dive right into danger in order to do the right thing. At one point she even yells at the screen: “Chris Evans where are you going to go!?” and “you got this Chris!”
When the villain Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) is finally revealed she reacts to him peeling his mask off with a huge cringey expression on her face:
Is he going to pull his skin off? What? EW!
In the beginning of the film, she feels the character's connection with his friend Bucky Barnes and it is now more apparent when they team up to go after Red Skull and his plan to terrorize the world with massive bombs. When Steve is unable to save him, Gold becomes super emotional even though she had already foreshadowed it and knew that something was going to happen.
Bucky! No no no Bucky can’t die! NO! BUCKY! Come on! Oh my god don’t let him die!
Not only does Steve have a relationship with Bucky, but he also begins to form one with Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as well and when it is apparent that Steve might have to sacrifice himself once again to save humanity, the YouTuber finds herself super emotional and upset at the fact that the two characters may never see each other again.
Oh dang it, I didn’t think I was going to cry twice. I know I did say I would cry, but oh my god this is making me sad because like even if I know he’ll survive they don’t get to have a relationship.
This film hit a lot harder than she had anticipated, says the YouTuber is expecting to be more moved emotionally by the historical time period context of the film taking place during WWII, but in the end is more affected by Steve Rogers relationships with Bucky and Peggy. She is devastated that someone who is such a good person at heart, ends up losing so many of his loved ones.
I get really invested in certain characters and then to see them go through heartbreak and not get to be with their people is like actually really upsetting.
Ultimately, the YouTuber enjoys this film and considers this her favorite MCU film so far out of the ones she has seen.
YouTuber Natalie Gold reviews and reacts to movies and TV shows regularly on her channel.