Thursday, July 21, 2011

Full Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Grade: A+

In 1942, Steve Rogers is a strong willed young man who wants nothing more than to join the armed services and fight Nazis. Unfortunately, he is consistently deemed unfit for military service. One day, he is spotted by Dr. Abraham Erskine and is recruited for a top secret research program. In this program, he is chosen to be injected with a Super Soldier serum, which transforms him into an ultimate soldier. Given the nickname Captain America, he joins the USO tour to help inspire the soldiers on the battlefield but when his best friend’s infantry unit gets captured by the evil and mysterious Dr. Johann Schmidt aka Red Skull, Rogers takes matters into his own hands and goes behind enemy lines to save them. After this, the military decides to work with Rogers and use his skill in order to stop Red Skull from destroying the world.

Captain America: The First Avenger is the latest movies in a series of movies put out by Marvel Comics based on their biggest superheroes. This movie is absolutely incredible and a lot of fun to watch. I am glad that they decided to make this a period movie that takes place during World War II rather than bringing the story into modern times. It is directed by Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, The Wolfman) who did a spectacular job with this movie and gave it a very authentic and original feel. While I was excited about this movie and I enjoy the character, I was still a little nervous about how it’d play out on the big screen. I’m glad to say that I wasn’t let down at all. This is the best superhero movie since the first Iron Man. It is extremely fun and enjoyable. Also, even though this movie is that last movie leading into the Avengers movie next summer and there are some tie-ins to said movie, this movie doesn’t feel like one big advertisement for the Avengers, unlike Iron Man 2.

Chris Evans (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Sunshine) plays the lead role of Steve Rogers, who becomes Captain America. I have always liked Chris Evans and was pretty excited when he got cast in this role and he did an amazing job with this role. He really brought this character to life in a big bad way, can’t wait to see him in more stuff like this. Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, V for Vendetta) plays the role of Dr. Johann Schmidt, who is the man known as Red Skull… for obvious reasons. Weaving is great and I’m glad to see him in a movie again where he’s not just a voice. Weaving plays evil really well and was fantastic in this movie. Tommy Lee Jones (The Company Men, No Country for Old Men) plays the role of Colonel Chester Phillips. He was great in this role, couldn’t have asked for any better. The movie also features Hayley Atwell, Stanley Tucci, Sebastian Shaw, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Neal McDonough and more.

If you like superhero movies and are looking for something a little different, go see Captain America. It is one of the better movies to come out this year and it is one of the better superhero movies on a while. It is playing in 3D but I have to say, skip it. The 3D is completely unnecessary and isn’t all that great to begin with. Also, be sure to stick around after the credits for an awesome look at the upcoming Avengers movie.

Great quote: "I don't want to kill anybody, I just don't like bullies."

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