Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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 MovieReviews (3.22 by 9 users)
Action & Adventure
0 min.

NR

Synopsis:
"Marvel launches another super franchise with this action-packed origin story, which follows Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as he volunteers for a secret experiment during World War II. Transformed into a superhero named Captain America, Steve goes after the Axis. With his perfect physique and heightened reflexes -- and his sidekick, Bucky (Sebastian Stan) -- Steve battles the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), a super soldier created by Italian fascists."
 
"And with this, the summer of the superhero has ended. A very interesting summer for fanboys; even those who aren’t big Marvel fans like myself. DC tried to get another franchise going with Green Lantern; but, I’m sure you know how well that went. Marvel killed the summer with three blockbusters that reintroduced audiences to great character beginnings in X-men: First Class and then introduced audiences to new heroes to the big screen in Thor and this last one, Captain America: The First Avenger. Though, the latter may not have been the one that finally knocked the audience down with the awesome, it still entertained them with flare.

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to fight for his country during WWII. He has tried to sign up with the Army, but has been rejected numerous times before. This is because he is sickly and a very skinny guy; but, he has a huge heart to serve his country as so many are doing. A German defector, Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci), overhears Rogers’s passion to fight despite his stature and decides to help Rogers recruit into a special program. Rogers is then put into a group of soldiers led by Colonel Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) and his helper, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), with other soldiers who are much bigger than he is.

Regardless of his size, Roger’s is chosen to be the subject of a test that would make an army of super soldiers. He becomes the epitome of the best soldier ever, but is used as a U.S.O mascot after Dr. Erskine is killed by an undercover Nazi spy. But he must save his friend and many other P.O.W’s when no one else will, and he becomes Captain America. He then is set to go up against the films villain, the Red Skull and his Nazi rip offs called Hydra.

I wanted more from this film after all the hype I heard or read about it. It may have been a bit of a disappointment, but I still give it high marks. I’ll get the good stuff out of the way first. The four main actors in this film were well cast. Chris Evans does well with the optimistic hero who believes good will always overcome evil. Hugo Weaving does well with the ratcheting up of the evil with his Red Skull. But the best casting had to do with veteran actors Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci. I would even say that Stanley Tucci was the best part of the film–as the one who encourages Chris Evans character to never give up on what he believes regarding evil. Captain America even looks like a classic WWII movie, using the look of the great television series, Band of Brothers and mashing that up with some Saving Private Ryan feel.

The story is great, finally giving us a film that is unabashedly pro-American, unlike what has come before in the last 10 years or so. Not only that, it is a great story of heroism to the point of personal sacrifice that wins the day here. This film hits every mark it tries to when showing emotion in the loss of comrades in battle, making hard choices when it comes to sit by and wait or take matters into your own hands or even making the right choices when it comes to the decision of one’s life versus millions of lives. Great moral to a story that is always needed and is for the most part shown in films like this, a hero is one to the end and will always make the right moral choices.

Now on to the disappointing. The beginning of the film has some great special effects with making Chris Evans look like a scrawny little guy. What is unfortunate is that it looks like that special effects budget was used only for that, because for the rest of the film it’s not the best. The action is decent, but nothing special. Also, the movie does seem to drag in specific areas, slamming some of the movie to a halt in its pacing. Lastly, on a personal note, I wish they had stuck with Nazi only bad guys instead of tacking on another group connected with the Nazi’s.

This is a good movie, regardless of those hiccups. It’s also a good dad/son movie. There was a dad and his son, maybe eight or so, sitting in front of me and the kid was having a great time with the movie. He was glued to the screen and might not have blinked once the entire 2 hours. Be discerning concerning that though, there is violence throughout that some parents might not want their kids to see, but it is nothing too bad."

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