Captain America (2011)
Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones
In World War II-era America, the government is going all out to enlist all able-bodied young men in their fight against Nazi Germany. Men and boys from across the country are enrolling to join the troops and be shipped off across the pond. Steve Rogers (Evans), a scrawny, asthmatic kid from New York with big hopes for the future. However, his diminutive stature is not up to par and, time after time, his application for enlistment is rejected. Rogers finally gets his big break when he is selected by the United States to be the guinea pig in a new campaign to create a brand of super-soldiers. Used initially as a propoganda tool, Rogers assumes the identity of “Captain America,” encouraging citizens to buy war bonds and support the armed forces. Things abroad get out of hand when a cult-like Nazi group called Hydra, led by the evil Johann Schmidt (Weaving), harnesses supernatural powers that could devastate the entire world. Captain America decides to take matters into his own hands and join the fight, himself. With the help of Howard Stark (father of the future Iron Man), Rogers is transformed into a war machine in his own right. Can Captain America aid his country and end the war?
Why you won’t like it:
– Take your time…: In comparison to other recent super hero movies, “Captain America” is relatively slow-moving. It takes a while to set up the story before the action gets going.
– What’s up with that guy’s face?: 2011 may be the year of the creepy CGI bad guys. Movies like “Green Lantern” and “Captain America” certainly don’t boast the prettiest bad guys in town, but, if you keep in mind that this is a movie about comic books characters with super-human powers, a guy with a fake-looking red face isn’t all too strange, after all.
Why you will like it:
– Worth the wait: If you can hang on for the first 40 minutes or so as Rogers continues to falsify his recruitment papers and get beat up by bullies, you’ll be rewarded. “Captain America” has an intriguing story where you genuinely want the little nerdy guy to come out on top. Tommy Lee Jones hasn’t lost a step in his old age and is awesome in his supporting roll as a commander in the U.S. army.
– Sign me up: Marvel does a great job with costume and set design, making the movie a fun take on the war-era 1940s, along with cheesy propoganda like singing girls in star-spangled dresses. “The Star-Spangled Man with a Plan” is a catchy little jingle which was partially composed by Alan Menken, so you know it’s gotta be good. It’ll be stuck in your head for hours.
– The perfect set up: “Captain America”‘s twist ending sets audiences up about as perfectly as possible for the “Avengers” movie, slated for Summer 2012. Needless to say, Samuel L. makes a brief cameo as Marvel’s Nick Fury, who has been spotted in many other Marvel movies as of late, in his plot to round up all the good guys. There is also a brief trailer for “The Avengers” included with the DVD, so don’t touch that dial!
“Captain America: The First Avenger” rivals “Thor” as the super hero movie of the year. It is a nice blend of action and humor with great acting and a compelling storyline that will have viewers of all ages amped up for the next Marvel installment. This is definitely a good buy if you’re looking to add to your collection of comic book adaptaions. If you didn’t get a chance to check out “The First Avenger” in theaters, head out to Redbox or request it through your preferred movie distributor when you get a chance. You may also be interested in: “Iron Man” (2008), “Thor” (2011), “The Incredible Hulk” (2008), “The Rocketeer” (1991).
DVD bonus features:
Directed by: Joe Johnston (“The Rocketeer,” “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” “October Sky”)
Studio: Marvel Enterprises, Paramount Pictures
Running time: 124 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13 for “intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.”
Costars Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper
DVD release date: October 24, 2011
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