Captain America: The First Avenger Review
Thanks to the folks at Dunkin’ Donuts of Northeast Florida, Ian and I had the opportunity to attend an advanced showing of Captain America two days before the premier. I’ve ben anticipating the release of this movie for a while now as Cap is has always been one of my favorite Superheroes.
I won’t spoil the movie for you if you haven’t seen it yet, but truthfully the plot is very straight forward and is reasonably loyal to the comic version of Cap’s origin. Steve Rogers is an undersized and sickly young man who feels a deep sense of responsibility to defend his country. After being rejected for military service multiple times, he’s taken into a Super Soldier program run by a defected German scientist. The program turns him into the ultimate soldier, faster and stronger than any other. Equipped with his indestructible Vibranium shield and accompanied by Dum-Dum Dugan and the Howlin’ Commandoes, he sets out to defeat Hydra which is led by classic Cap villain The Red Skull.
I greatly enjoyed this film. At it’s core it was a great action movie with enough of butt whipping, shooting and explosions to make any fan happy. The action sequences were well thought out and well filmed. And best of all, there was little to no use of the “shaky cam” technique that so many film makers have annoyingly adopted lately.
There were plenty of comic elements to lighten things up between the action and the jokes were delivered well without feeling forced. Tommy Lee Jones did a great job of playing the crusty commanding officer. He took the character right to the edge without taking it to the point of being a caricature.
Classic comics always had an underlying lesson or moral to present and Cap was not exception. Steve Rogers was chosen for the program because of his moral character and dedication to always doing what was right. Even when granted with extraordinary strength and ability, he still wants to stick up for the little guy. The movie did a fantastic job of presenting this moral without feeling like it was shoved down your throat.
Chris Evans did a great job of reinforcing this by maintaining the same attitude and emotion from scrawny Steve to Cap. His performance has thankfully made me forgive or at least forget the fact that he played Johnny Storm in the horrid Fantastic Four movies.
The remaining cast of characters were all well acted and served to push the story along without dragging it down. Marvel movies seem to have finally figured out the formula for introducing plenty of peripheral characters without feeling like they were tacked on even if their parts don’t quite match up with the comics. We got to see Dr. Arnim Zola, Dum-Dum Dugan and the Howlin’ Commandoes, Cap’s sidekick Bucky (who never donned his costume) and Iron Man Tony Stark’s pop Howard.
Unfortunately, the advanced showing that we saw didn’t include Marvel’s now obligatory after the credits scene, so I’ll have to see if I can find it elsewhere.
Captain America is the last Marvel movie before the anticipated release of The Avengers in 2012. The Avengers are Marvel’s premiere super team and had a rotating cast of characters including Cap, Iron Man, Spider Man, The Hulk, Thor and many others. I’ve been please so far with the recent run of movies from Marvel and hope that they continue down the path that they are on.