‘Captain America’ Movie Review

by on July 22, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

If you’re a Captain America fan, I think you’ll love Captain America: The First Avenger.  If you’re not a fan, I think you’ll find it entertaining but not necessarily a movie that makes you go wow!  The movie takes place in the early 1940’s with Chris Evans starring as Steve Rogers/Captain America, the kid whose only goal is to serve his country and doesn’t believe that he should get a free ride while others are over-seas, fighting the good fight.

Captain America The First Avenger still no 1 with Chris Evans

Stanley Tucci plays the man behind the super-soldier serum, Dr. Abraham Erskine and if you like Tucci, you’ll love him in this role as he manages to bring a caring level of character to the role.

It was weird to see Hugo Weaving and hear a German accent but I managed, besides, as Johann Schmidt, he rips his face off early in the movie so we have Red Skull though the majority of it.

Other cast includes Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Tommy Lee Jones as Col Phillips, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark with quick appearance in the end, of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.  I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my faves, Neal McDonough playing ‘Dum Dum’ Dugan!

The movie was directed by Joe Johnston.

I felt that this movie focused strongly on the character in the first half or more of the movie and reminded my of X-Men: First Class, bringing a new depth of character to a superhero that we haven’t normally seen in past genre movies.

Some things were well thought out and presented in what I might say is an orderly fashion.  It focused on the development of the story, prior to when Steve Rogers fully becomes the Captain America we all know and love.  We follow, via quick reference action scenes, his time with Dum Dum and Bucky in WWII, but doesn’t dwell on it very much.  They were almost after-thoughts, though fans know better!  After that, it’s time to get down to the action of kicking Red Skull’s butt and getting that damn [cosmic cube] out his hands!  And through it all, I didn’t feel like he was invulnerable, but just well equipped and skilled at what he was doing.

Captain America: The First Avenger

I enjoyed my 2D screening of the movie and came away enthused but not emotionally energized.  I think I was expecting more, but I’m not sure what.  The war-time suit Cap wears is great and when he gets down to it, though they didn’t expound on how he learned all his bank-shot skills with the shield and such, they definitely have that effect down pat.  And as a super-soldier serum-powered human, the fight sequences reflect that with the speed in which he fights and a few other results from his smack-downs with Hydra.

Also the CGI used to make Chris Evans’ body look scrawny was pretty impressive.

One of my nits about the film is how they skirted the issue of Cap becoming frozen in ice after the events of the movie, skirted too many details about his WWII fighting squad and a few other little things.

After the Credits

As is the case with Marvel movies to date, there was not just one, but two after-credits pieces.  At least, in my film.  The first one was showing a frustrated Steve Rogers with a punching bag and Nick Fury having a short conversation with him.

But after that, oh yummy, after that we got a quick teaser clip for the upcoming, Joss Whedon directed movie, The Avengers.  And the teaser was that, a sweet tease!

Movie Review Popcorn Score 08If I were to rate Captain America: The First Avenger, I’d give it an 8 on Cinema Static‘s Popcorn-movie scale.  I think fans will love it and non-fans will be able to follow right along.

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N. Cognito August 12, 2011 at 3:36 am

I thought CPT A was cheezy and droll. Not worth the time and expense it takes to drive to the theater, much less the cost of the ticket. Don’t bother waiting for the DVD to come out, just skip watching the film all-together!

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