Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Trajectory of Captain America

Chris Evans at the 2008 Toronto International ...Image via Wikipedia
Trajectory is the path a moving object follows through space as a function of time.

I got to thinking about where I might want to be after watching "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" the other night.
Partially because it's lead star apparently has NONE as I discuss here.

But largely due to one of the bit players in the ensemble of the movie: Chris Evans.

You MIGHT remember him for his first big turn in the spoof "Not Another Teen Movie." I certainly remember him. I did not realize he had some TV roles behind him, but he left them far behind once that movie hit.

He carried the suspense actioner "Cellular." This film relied on his ability to communicate only through a phone and he pulled it off.
However, it appeared he might be stuck in a typecasting hell of playing a sort-of bumbling California boy (ironic as he is from Boston).

This seemed confirmed when he was chosen to play the hot-headed Human Torch in 2005's "Fantastic Four" and its sequel.
Thankfully, Evans was able to show some range in independent films. 

It was a set of three films that solidified that Evans was not just a good looking bumbler/hothead. He starred first in Danny Boyle's sci-fi thiller "Sunshine." Evans showed a range that he hadn't previously in any of his mainstream hits.

"Street Kings" was a grittier crime drama that was followed up by 2009's "Push." Both were darker films, much like the earlier (if not ironically named) "Sunshine." Evans's trajectory has clearly moved from previous expectations. 

This year he did two ensembles: actioner "The Losers" and the aforementioned "Scott Pilgrim." In the first, he reverted to his previous bumbler role, but in a darker setting and with a clearer regard for the portrayal. (He is a still a great comedian). In Pilgrim, he was the bad guy- a bumbler, but definitely a clear bad guy, something he had not portrayed before.

Currently, he is working on being "Captain America- the First Avenger." Apparently, this will require numerous sequels. Hopefully, he is not held to the idea of just being Captain America, but even more as he has shown he can do.

Predicting Chris Evan's trajectory based on his first appearance in "Not Another Teen Movie" would probably not have him where he is today, but that's a good thing right?

What's your trajectory compared to where you have been and where you think and where you are heading?