Captain America: The First Avenger

"Excellent"

Captain America: The First Avenger Review


Director Johnston once again channels Steven Spielberg, this time for a raucously entertaining Indiana Jones-style adventure. With the energetic punch of a vintage serial, it actually leaves us wanting more.In 1942 New York, Steve Rogers (Evans) is desperate to join the war in Europe with his buddy James (Stan), but is too weedy to fight. Then a scientist (Tucci) spots him, and soon he's partnered with gorgeous Agent Carter (Atwell) and put in a top-secret programme that amplifies his muscles and will-power.

But as "Captain America" he's just a propaganda tool until he gets a chance to prove himself on the front line as a key weapon against the deeply evil Nazi Schmidt (Weaving).Shot more like a rollicking adventure than a typical superhero movie, the script spends just about enough time on the origin story to grab our attention, including nifty effects that render Evans as a 90-pound weakling. Then the action kicks off, powering through one set piece after another. Refreshingly, it never bothers to deepen the story with random sideplots, superfluous characters or knowing winks. So it's a lot of fun to watch.

The action sequences are thrilling without being too suspenseful and, for the most part, the filmmakers keep the stunts and explosions within believable proportions. In fact, the film has a wonderfully dishevelled look, combining more rough-and-ready filmmaking touches with the slick 1940s clothes and architecture. Which almost makes it feel like one of the propaganda films it so cleverly recreates.

The actors are clearly enjoying it too, throwing away witty lines while glaring at each other manfully. Tommy Lee Jones is terrific as the sardonic Col Phillips, while Weaving amusingly goes for broke as this summer's second nose-free villain (after Voldemort). The feisty-sexy Atwell provides just the right amount of romantic tension. And Evans seems utterly effortless as the hero, conveying just the right balance of courage and anxiety.

Frankly, this is one of the most enjoyable Marvel Comics movies in recent years. Without the snarky asides (Iron Man), god-like posturing (Thor) and dark-soul torment (Hulk), this is the Avenger we can both identify with and root for. Let's hope he takes centre stage when they all team up on-screen next year.



Captain America: The First Avenger

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 124 mins

In Theaters: Friday 22nd July 2011

Box Office USA: $176.6M

Box Office Worldwide: $365.8M

Budget: $140M

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Production compaines: Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Fresh: 175 Rotten: 47

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Kevin Feige, Amir Madani

Starring: as Steve Rogers / Captain America, as Johann Schmidt / The Red Skull, as Col. Chester Phillips, as Peggy Carter, as James 'Bucky' Barnes, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, as Howard Stark, as Abraham Erskine, as Private Lorraine, as SHIELD Agent, as Heinz Kruger, as Dr. Arnim Zola, Bruno Ricci as Jacques Dernier, as Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan, as Gabe Jones, as Jim Morita, J. J. Feild as James Montgomery Falsworth, as General


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