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04 August 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Directed by: Joe Johnston
Genre: Action & Adventure
Runtime: 121 Minutes
I unexpectedly ended up seeing this when I was with my friend at the cinema and I planned to have us see Tree of life. Well our cinema was not showing it not now and not ever, so he suggested Captain America. I am not a fan of marvel characters or the whole superhero genre, but this film was actually enjoyable. It had some great action, some good bits of humour and a nice story to tag along in the retro 40’s setting. Its villain was weak and it’s time setting it corny but interesting. As most people know all these marvel films are, being released to anticipate the almighty ‘Avengers’ film and being honest it is an exciting thing. Having all those superheroes in one, it sounds like a daring idea but it just might work.

Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving.)

The nice thing I liked about Steve is he is the little guy to begin with, the one that gets picked on and pushed around. Then suddenly he is chosen for this experiment and suddenly, he is what we’d call a tank. You could call it wimp turned hero in 30 minutes. The character where fine for the film, but clearly Captain America is the most interesting in his blue tights and his American styled shield (or Frisbee, as I liked to call it). My one problem was the bad guy of our story; he didn’t seem to make much of an impression. In addition, his character was not intimidating at all. Even the battle scene with him and Captain America felt anti-climactic. The thing with these films, you know good will prevail (not saying that is bad) so that is why I called it anti-climactic. His love interest also seemed a little lifeless, but it was bearable. The best supporting character would be his good friend Bucky.

Although Captain America is incredibly strong and athletic - his metabolism burns four times faster than a normal person's, making it almost impossible for him to get drunk, we're told - he doesn't have any particularly superpower. We do not get any of that flying rubbish that other superheroes usually have, just vaulting over tanks, running as fast as a car and hitching lifts on planes as they take off - perfectly straightforward stuff for anybody reasonably fit. Therefore, as the not overly powered superhero, he is a good contender.

Captain America’s real weapon is his shield, which from the action scenes he would be helpless without it. It was satisfying to hear the sound of it hitting against people and seeing him using it as a Frisbee. The whole WWII backdrop is freshly designed by Joe Johnston's stylish direction. He knows how to create an excellent 1940’s tone with the lighting, visuals, and score.  The film’s corniest thing would be Hydra’s version of Hitler’s hail, where the raise both arms and point their fists in the air saying “HAIL HYDRA!” A good bit of comedy in there for sure. Overall, ‘Captain America’ is definitely worth seeing in the cinema with your friends or whatever regardless if you are a superhero, comic-con fan. It has fun action and a superhero in tights, but not much more.

My Rating: 7/10

1 comment:

  1. Great review Thomas, this film was much better than I expected, and i give it the same rating.

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