Marvel Studios announced who the director of The First Avenger: Captain America will be, Joe Johnston. When I read the name the first thing that came to mind was Jurassic Park III, the second thing that came to mind was fuck that. Then I started thinking and at the back of my head I knew he’d done something else, something better. So I went to IMDB and looked up Joe Johnston and all was right with the world.
Two movies leapt out at me when I read over his resume. The first was The Rocketeer, which I love. The Rocketeer was a terribly underrated movie. The acting was solid and the story was fun. Most importantly though the action sequences were well shot and easy to follow. The emotional scenes were well framed and the director didn’t get in the way of the story with his filming. In fact the performance from Timothy Dalton made me wonder if the one who did the Bond movies was a doppleganger. That movie was enough to balance out Jurassic Park III and make me believe it was the studio that screwed the pooch there. The next movie was a much bigger deal to me.
October Sky is an excellent movie. Now I must confess I’m a big fan of Jake Gyllenhaal and he really helped make that film what it was. Still the acting across the board is good, the direction leads the characters in the right direction and again the director doesn’t get in the way of the story. The fact that Joe Johnston directed October Sky has me very happy he was selected for Captain America. The fact that the man can handle both action and drama has me excited about the possibilities. Looking at the rest of Johnstons career only gives me more faith that he’s a good director. Hidalgo, Jumanji, Honey I Shrunk the Kids and an episode of Young Indiana Jones. The guys resume is short but he looks like a winner. Oh, did I mention he started as a visual effects guy on Star Wars? Yeah, that never hurts when working on a superhero movie.
Of course we have no actor or writer attached, but Marvel has been doing a really good job so far and I’m hoping they continue. I have high hopes for Marvels slate of films and while the Batman movies have been good, Marvel has brought the strength of comics to its films. The Marvel films are creating a shared universe and bringing the best part of comics to the big screen.