Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Directed by:Joe Johnston
Starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Samuel L. Jackson
Plot: Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier, transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a “Super-Soldier serum”. But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.
Movie Trivia: Originally cameo appearances were planned for Wolverine and Magneto, who were present during WWII. These cameos were scrapped due to rights issues.
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
If you plan to watch the Marvel Studios collection by plot instead of by release date, this would be where you would start. It is almost like the pilot episode for a really great television show in that same way. This movie is good, it tells you what you need to know, it gives you the guy you want to root for. But also, it is a major set up period for everything else you are about it watch. When viewed with the rest of the films, it stands as a much stronger film than when you view it by itself
First off, let me explain a little what I liked about this film.The effects to make Chris Evans a pipsqueak both in looks and in performance was very well done. They made me love Steve Rogers before he became “super” and that is one of the most important aspects fot the most successful superheroes. For those that love the underdog, you have found the perfect film. His journey to greatness was so interesting both visually and emotionally. Red Skull was also well done. Hugo Weaving is impeccable as an antagonist, and he does not disappoint in this film. At times a touch other the top and campy, but it works for him well in this role. The character design and set design were also well done. The MGM-style musical number felt original and authentic to the time. It worked very hard to convince you that it is a WWII film, and it does will in that effort.
Sadly, it was rather short lived. Once he is transformed into the red, white and blue patriot with a purpose, the movie takes on a rushed quality that is a major turn off for me. My main issue is the amount on montage they used to further the plot. One would have been enough, two is too much and three is just excessive. Everytime I watch this movie, it is a struggle to get through the montages and I find my mind and eyes wandering during these periods of the film. Because everything was so rushed, I didn’t come away feeling like I knew Captain America as much as I did the other members of The Avengers after seeing their movies. I think they might have realized this though, as they have a reminder scene in the beginning of Winter Soldier to give you a few key reminders of what we were hurriedly shown.
Overall, though, it was not a bad film. It is something I am glad to own and happy to watch even if it might not be my favorite of the collection. As I said before, I feel very much as this is the pilot of a great tv show. You see all the potential, and you give it leeway for the necessity to build up a plot, but it is not usually the best episode. Give it a watch, especially if you like superhero movies., If you are not really a fan, then I would suggest Sergeant York, as it has more take away and it feels like this superhero was based off of this factual story.