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Captain America: The First Avenger

July 22, 2011

Peggy: How do you feel?
Steve: Taller. 

It seems that 2011 is the year of heroes, Marvel based heroes, that is. We have been given wonderful films such as Thor and X-Men. Minus X-Men, Thor and Captain America are THE lead ins to the highly anticipated Avengers film, that is slated for a 2012 release. Okay, enough with that. Captain America: The First Avenger is a very solid film, with brilliant direction from Joe Johnston (Hidalgo, Rocketeer), and a very fitting performance from Captain America himself, Chris Evans. There are some minor flaws that have a strong effect on the films tone, but the impressive action sequences and CGI knocks those flaws out of the park, making this film great fun.


When brave, yet un-muscular, unexperienced, and incredibly small and young Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) agrees voluntarily to participate in a series of classified experiments for the military’s Army Super Soldier program. Steve is successfully turned into a human weapon, and a celebrity (in Europe, at least, to gain recognition), but may not be ready for what the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) has in store. So now Steve is a hotshot Army-man, defending and defeating numerous foes while having a romantic relationship with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), and again, dealing with the all-mighty villain, Red Skull.

I think fun plays a huge factor when making a summer superhero flick. Giving viewers a fun movie is something that has been there for almost (not you, Elektra) every Marvel film succeeds in. In Captain America, the fun stems from Evans character. His portrayal of Steve Rogers carries the film, with his silly yet serious attitude, and is just plain brilliant in his performance. There were a few scenes where his presence was both annoying, and unnecessary, primarily the scene where he (spoiler) returns after rescuing the 180 something soldiers, and hooks up with that random girl. I’m just saying, it was way too long.

Here is the biggest problem I have with this movie, and that is the laziness of the supporting cast. I’m not saying that they were awful, but they were seriously miscast (except Hugo Weaving, I love him in anything). The most annoying supporting actor was definitely Hayley Atwell. Atwell’s portrayal of Peggy Carter was so unbelievable I thought it was a joke. Her and Evans’ character have absolutely no chemistry whatsoever and watching them together is a complete joke. For some odd reason, Johnston decided to cast Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillips, and while I didn’t hate the character, it did bother me that he had the same emotion the whole film, and the tone of his character was simply unbearable. Alright, I enjoyed this movie, so now I will get to the positives.

When making a setting pertaining to WWII, it’s important to have a great cinematographer, and Shelly Johnson does great job because the cinematography is absolutely a visual masterpiece and is plain brilliant. The film was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote all of the past Narnia films. While I didn’t care for the writing in the Narnia films, I quite liked what they did with a major superhero. I found the script to be extremely well written and quite humorous at times, with a strong ending that is a very solid lead-in to The Avengers.

When I first heard that there was going to be a Captain America film directed by Joe Johnston, I could not have been more pleased. I have been a fan of Johnston’s work my whole life, except for Hidalgo. I enjoy his work and his film The Rocketeer, remains a timeless classic to me. Now, for this film, I quite liked his directing style. Johnston doesn’t create a totally serious tone, and bases the entire film on the tone of the comic books, and does exactly what anyone could want from a Captain America film: a good time, and I know you will have a good time because when the film ended, the 500+ people in my theater applauded for ten minutes straight, seriously.

People are complaining about the use of too much CGI. I have a question for you guys now, what did you expect in a summer blockbuster? Did you expect a love story between Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks? No, I think that CGI plays a hugely positive role in Captain America. It is very impressive from a visual standpoint. Here comes my favorite part in movie reviewing, the 3D conversions! Again, I was extremely disappointed with the horrible 3D conversion in this film, and it was so awful that the movie can be viewed in 3D format without the glasses on! In this film, the 3D makes the screen darker and strains your eyes. I’d recommend seeing this film in retro 2D if you get the chance.

While Captain America has several flaws, primarily the acting, it is nonetheless a very solid film with great CGI and a superior performance from Chris Evans. Very impressive cinematography and a brilliant script but most importantly, another brilliant film from legendary director Joe Johnston. Now that all of the pre-Avenger films have been released, we can now get insanely excited for the 2012 film.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2011 4:10 pm

    Awesome! I can’t wait to see it.

  2. July 28, 2011 1:36 pm

    You won’t regret it!

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