Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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It is 1942, America has entered World War II, and sickly but determined Steve Rogers is frustrated at being rejected yet again for military service. Everything changes when Dr. Erskine recruits him for the secret Project Rebirth. Proving his extraordinary courage, wits and conscience, Rogers undergoes the experiment and his weak body is suddenly enhanced into the maximum human potential. When Dr. Erskine is then immediately assassinated by an agent of Nazi Germany's secret HYDRA research department (headed by Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull), Rogers is left as a unique man who is initially misused as a propaganda mascot; however, when his comrades need him, Rogers goes on a successful adventure that truly makes him Captain America, and his war against Schmidt begins. --IMDb
Review by Lucid Dreams
Added: August 08, 2011
It would be a safe bet to say that Captain America may be the most famous superhero of all time. Selling well over 200 million comics over the past seventy years is quite an achievement. Sure, some may argue that Superman is more popular, but he is just a foreigner from Krypton. Captain America was born in the land of the free and kicked Nazi ass all day long, so who wouldn't love him? I can say that I had some doubts with how they were going to do this movie. He is the first Avenger, but the latest superhero flicks (Thor and Green Lantern) left me wanting more. I'm happy to say that by the end of the credits, I was satisfied with what I saw.

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) loves his country and would do anything to join the army to fight the Nazis in the name of America with his best friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan). However, for some reason, the military doesn't want to take a man that is about as frail as you can get and is shockingly alive with so many medical problems. Dr. Erksine (Stanley Tucci) sees more in Mr. Rogers and believes he is the one true person to be a part of his project. Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) think otherwise about Mr. Rogers. It's a good thing that they were wrong, because once the project was complete, Steve isn't your ordinary guy anymore. His features have been substantially increased, and that comes with a neat outfit and a matching shield thanks to Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). Captain America, now a symbol of hope, must stop The Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) before he conquers the world with the power of the Gods.

The story isn't anything complicated at all. America is at war with the allies against the Nazis, and if you paid attention in school at all, I shouldn't really have to explain why we were. The only difference in this is the fact we have a superhuman solider on each side of the playing field. I enjoyed the overall look of the film, because it had a clean and classic feel to it.

As for the acting, I was extremely impressed with Chris Evans. When I first heard he was Captain America, I thought it was going to fall flat on its face, but I'm glad to see he pulled off the role very well. Weaving as the Red Skull was nothing short of perfect, but I expected more screen time out of him. He is supposed to be Captain America's nemesis, but we hardly see him. The rest of the crew also played their parts well, leaving me with no negative feedback.

There were a couple of things that irked me in the wrong direction while watching this though. When our patriotic superhero was running inside the Skull's base, it made me laugh at the fact that he has the worst guards in history. They have lights everywhere and hundreds of guards patrolling back and forth, but for some reason, they can't spot the red, white and blue guy running around with the big "A" on his head and a shield that looks similar to the American flag.

It also took a while for the action to really get started. They had a scene where it shows Captain America used more as an act than anything else, but this scene dragged on far longer than it needed to. The love interest here felt almost rushed - I didn't really feel anything for the two characters or feel very sorry for the loss. I'm not going to explain too much about it, but I thought it was done poorly. Last, I know I mentioned it before, but the lack of Red Skull in the movie was a huge let down.

Overall: Despite the few qualms that I had about this film, I still enjoyed it. There is a little work that needed to be done with this, but I have read some reviews talking about this movie being too over the top. They do know that the source material was created back in 1941, right? Of course it's going to be a little over the top - hell, everything back then was - but that doesn't mean that the film was bad. I enjoyed it for what it was and I'm sure most of you out there will as well, maybe. 7/10.
Ginose #1: Ginose - added 03/26/2012, 01:34 PM
This is, easily, in my top five comic-adaptations of all time. They could not have possibly done a better "Captain America" movie.
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