Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
starring Chris Evans
directed by Joe Johnston
screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, based on a character by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Coming out only 2 months after Thor, Captain America is the second half of Marvel’s one-two summer blockbuster knockout. The story is that of frail Steven Rogers (Chris Evans), a young Brooklyn boy adamant to fight for the US during World War II, despite his frequent rejections. He is finally given the chance to serve when Dr. Abraham Erskine chooses him for his super soldier project, endowing him with the power to become the iconic Captain America, and wage war against the villainous Nazi group H.Y.D.R.A. Captain America is different than its predecessors in that it is not merely a superhero flick, but also somewhat of a period piece, taking place in the early 40’s. The vintage tone instills the film with a compelling uniqueness in turn. Captain America does not follow the normal mold of superhero film plot. Captain America is an interesting hero in comparison to previous silver screen comic adaptions, like a James Bond / Batman hybrid. What also makes Cap such a compelling protagonist is the development of his character. Steven Rogers is a truly noble man, undoubtedly courageous, compassionate, and persevering. He may wear the colors of an American flag, but Chris Evans plays a hero that anyone can get behind, with his morals tried and true. There is a fantastic supporting cast with Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough, and Hayley Atwell. Hugo Weaving notably creates the bone-chilling Nazi scientist The Red Skull with the villainous flair he has become iconic for. The perfect hybrid of war movie and superhero movie, Captain America also includes plenty of high-octane action sequences, ranging from battlefront shootouts to super-powered fist-fights. Like Thor though, the character development and plot construction is very impressive for a superhero movie, and Captain America serves as another success from Marvel Studios winning recipe for cinema.
Final Score: 3.7 out of 5
p.s. After the credits is a special teaser for Avengers that is so exciting, it alone may have been worth the price of admission. Don’t leave early!