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Captain America: The First Avenger - movie review

Updated on August 17, 2011
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PosterPuny Steve RogersSteve Rogers, Post-Serum.  Seriousely, put a shirt on.Schmidt, with face-maskHey, Red Skull, you got something on your fa-....oops
Puny Steve Rogers
Puny Steve Rogers
Steve Rogers, Post-Serum.  Seriousely, put a shirt on.
Steve Rogers, Post-Serum. Seriousely, put a shirt on.
Schmidt, with face-mask
Schmidt, with face-mask
Hey, Red Skull, you got something on your fa-....oops
Hey, Red Skull, you got something on your fa-....oops

Captain America: The First Avenger is the last of the four characters in The Avengers movie that will have a stand alone movie (at least before The Avengers comes out). It follows the fantastic Iron Man, a surprisingly decent Incredible Hulk, a decidedly meh Iron Man 2, and an amazing Thor. So, how did it live up to those? Pretty frakkin well.

It starts out with Puny Steve Rogers trying to enlist in the US Army. I have to say, the CGI they do to put Chris Evans head on this 90 pound body is actually pretty believable. Come to find out, this is the fourth time he has tried to enlist, and he has been 4F’ed each time. His best friend, Bucky Barnes, was enlisted, and is being deployed the next day. Rogers tries one more time, and is approached by Dr. Abraham Erskine, and is offered a chance to serve his country. He goes through boot camp (and shows he’s not just another big dumb meathead, like the others seem to be), and is selected to be the test subject for the Super Soldiers Serum. He is given the serum, and becomes the Steve Rogers we all know (i.e., gigantic).

He is then immediately drafted to serve….as a spokesperson for the US, for people to buy War Bonds. He is in this costume, that looks pretty accurate, actually, that looks like it is made if felt. He looks like an idiot, but it works. He is loved here, amongst the kids in the crowd, but when he goes over, to entertain the troops, he gets booed off the stage, in favor of the dancing girls. While feeling miserable, he finds out the 107th, Bucky’s division, has been attacked, and some are believed to be kidnapped. So, with the help of Agent Carter, and Howard Stark, he is parachuted behind enemy lines, and single-handedly infiltrates the Hydra base, and releases the prisoners.

After that, he is the hero he always wanted to be. He assembles his own team (The Howling Commandoes, complete with Dum-Dum Dugan, and that stupid hat), and is sent on missions. On one of these missions, however, Hydra sees them coming, and Bucky gets thrown from the train, and down the mountain. Cap is very upset, and he wants to take Red Skull down. He devises a plan, to basically go through the front door, and fight his way through. He chases Red Skull through his fortress, to his plane, where Red Skull is “destroyed” (spoiler alert: he probably isn’t) by the Cosmic Cube. Cap then takes things into his own hands, and puts the plane down in the Antarctic, to save New York from the bombs onboard.

I will admit, I was nervous when Chris Evans was cast as Cap. Johnny Storm and Steve Rogers are not the same character at all. But, I have to say, he did a fantastic job in both roles, the 90 pound weakling at the beginning, and the completely jacked hero at the end. I like him and Agent Carter together, he’s still as awkward before and after the serum, and the jokes between him and Bucky were hilarious. I hope we get more of Cap and Bucky later on (oh, spoiler alert: Bucky’s probably not dead either).

Possibly the best part of this movie is Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. Just the little detail of him touching the side of his face, to keep his mask on, was so awesome. The accent slipped, and was weird at times (“…on our way to Wictory”? Really?), but it wasn’t too noticeable. What really hit me, though, was how he still showed emotion, and inflection, after he throws the face-mask away (heh…face-mask…cuz it’s a face, that is a mask? and has a faceless skull to work with. I would be interested to know how much of that was practical make-up, and acting, and how much was post-production effects. I guess the fact that I couldn’t tell, says something.

All in all, I ended up liking Thor better than Iron Man (Thor review here, Top 5 list {now outdated} here), and I think Captain America topped it. Maybe it was because of low expectations of Chris Evans, or the phenomenal Hugo Weaving. Maybe it was Tommy Lee Jones joking around the whole movie. Maybe it was The Avengers teaser after the credits (spoiler alert: duuuuuuuuuuuuude…..). Everything put together, it was awesome.

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    • Ironman1992 profile image

      Ironman1992 6 years ago

      I thought Captain America was ok, but it kind of felt like just another Marvel movie. my favorite marvel movie was iron man 1.

    • Stevennix2001 profile image

      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Pretty interesting review, as I definitely liked your enthusiasm. Although, you might need to work on not giving away too much, and refrain from using too much slang terminology. Other than that, I thought you did a good job writing this, as I can definitely feel how much you liked this film from reading this. :)