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Captain America: The First Avenger Film Review

Updated on July 12, 2016
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

Captain America began as Steve Rogers, a sickly kid from Brooklyn who just wanted to join the war to fight for his country in the midst of WWII. Steve, unfortunately, just had far too much wrong with him health-wise to be accepted. He tried five times to enlist and was rejected each time. Finally, someone took notice. A German scientist working on a Super Soldier serum would change Steve's life forever.

The acting is perfect. The words and phrases used in the '40s seemed spot-on and and was never over-the-top. Chris Evans took me by surprise, since he's usually a comedic actor. I was at first nervous about him taking on a serious role, let alone one as iconic as Captain America. I have to say, he impressed me.

The storyline worked well and didn't seem overstuffed or underwhelming in any way. it was well-written and well-directed. The only problem was that the ending was too sudden. I feel like 5 more minutes wouldn't have hurt and might have been beneficial. Other than that, good work all around from everyone.

The visual effects were nicely done. When I saw that this film was going to be in 2D and 3D, I instantly became worried that the filmmakers would focus on making things pop for the 3D moviegoers but I was pleasantly surprised to see only one obvious moment. The rest of the film focused on what was necessary for each moment of the story. Red Skull's visage looked very real and convincing, which is always difficult when dealing with this type of prosthesis and makeup work.

In conclusion, I highly recommend Captain America: The First Avenger for comic fans and newcomers alike. The film gives us hope, someone to look up to. Everything that's going on in the world now, we need someone to look up to.

© 2016 Alec Zander


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