Review: Captain America: The First Avenger
Stay after the credits for an Avengers sneak.
The way the film makers went about Captain America feels different than the other super hero movies we've seen lately. Instead of bad CGI and over doing fight scenes they shifted their focus to Captain America's character. Who he was beforehand, his morals, his good heart.
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans, apparently not getting his comic book fix since The Fantastic Four) is a scrawny, sickly, young man who just wants to fight for his country. He's tried to enlist several times during WWII and keeps getting denied. By chance he meets Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci) who recruits him anyways. He's helping build a new breed of soldiers, and he needs someone with a good heart to fill the spot. You see, they've failed on this once before. Johan Schmidt (Hugo Weaving, apparently not getting his comic book fix since V for Vendetta) was part of this project, but he's now using his power for greed and evil. Rogers must stop him. After his transformation into Captain America, with the help of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Col. Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones, apparently not getting his comic book fix since Batman Forever) he's off to fight in the war and save the world.
The movie really captures the feel of the 40's. The cinematography is excellent. (though the editing at times is a bit jerky) They didn't overdue the special effects like Green Lantern did. Even though this movie was made to set up The Avengers, it didn't feel like a stepping stone like Thor. Thor didn't have it's own legs to stand on, Captain America does. It could survive on it's own. If you've seen The Hulk, then the ending shouldn't come as a surprise. The acting is decent, though I'm still a bit annoyed that Chris Evans is playing two different Marval characters. It's definitely the best super hero movie to be released this summer. As expected, 3D is completely pointless. I actually left the movie with a horrible headache. That was the only downfall.
Memorable Quote: "I do not have procedure tomorrow. Drink it tomorrow, I'll drink it now." - Dr. Erskine (Staney Tucci)