Title: Captain America – The First Avenger (Official site)
Tag Line: When patriots become heroes
Release Date: 22 July 2011
Runtime: 102 min
Genres: Action | Adventure | History | Sci-Fi | War
Series or Standalone: Series
Where Seen: My couch (Rental)
Production Company: Paramount Pictures, Marvel Entertainment
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Joe Johnston
Writer(s): Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay), Joe Simon (comic books), Jack Kirby (comic books)
Stars: Chris Evans (Captain America/Steve Rogers), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Sebastian Stan (James Buchanan “Bucky” Phillips), Tommy Lee Jones (C0lonel Chester Phillips), Hugo Weaving (Johann Schmidt/Red Skull), Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark), Richard Armitage (Heinz Kruger), Stanley Tucci (Dr. Abraham Erskine), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Toby Jones (Dr. Arnim Zola), Bruno Ricci (Jacques Dernier), Neal McDonough (Timothy “Dum Dum” Dugan), Derek Luke (Gabe Jones), Kenneth Choi (Jim Morita), JJ Feild (James Montgomery Falsworth, Lex Shrapnel (Gilmore Hodge), Michael Brandon (Senator Brandt)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Growing up I was never a huge comic book fan, I read some and watched some of the cartoons but they weren’t anything that I actively sought out. When Marvel started to release their live action super hero movies I never made a huge effort to go to the theatres to watch them. With the exception being The Avengers because that just looked (and was) awesome. Since watching The Avengers I’ve been meaning to go back and watch the intro films of all the characters and have been slowly doing so. Most recently I watched Captain America: The First Avenger and I went into it with pretty low expectations because of all the Avengers he was one of my least favorite.
Captain America is predominately set in the 1940s during the second world war and the main villain is a guy called Red Skull. As I was never big into the comics I didn’t know the backstory or where things were going so I was often pleasantly surprised by the events as they unfolded. I enjoyed seeing characters used that would influence the modern day avengers and how the past and present would eventually intersect. There was lots of action and comedic moments and while my attention did drift from time to time I was mostly engaged in this film.
There were some moments that shocked a bit and the special effects were all very well done. I loved the cast that was used and was a bit sad at the end knowing that we wouldn’t be seeing most (if not all of them) in future Captain America films. Captain America could stand all on its own and the bulk of its plot points are all wrapped up. Yes, there are open threads but that is to be expected, especially since Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due out in theatres tomorrow. While I may not rush out to rewatch Captain America I did enjoy it and don’t feel like I wasted my time trying to watch it prior to seeing Winter Soldier.
My one main complaint with this movie was its lack of women on set. This is always an issue of mine with these sorts of movies and while I did think that Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter did a fabulous job I just wish there were more characters like her and that she was used as more than just a romantic possibility for Steve Rogers. Yes, she had her role to play in the SRG (or was it SSG? SSR?) it just seemed like she was mainly there to look pretty and give the Captain someone to come home to. Overall, though if you like comic book/action-adventure films then you might want to check this one out.
My Recommendation: Worth the rental.