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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
Captain America: Good story, good message, almost perfect, 12 August 2011
Author: TheCinemaKing from United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Going into this film, I wasn't too familiar with Captain America's
story; I've always been more of a Batman and Spider-Man kind of guy
when it comes to the comic book heroes. However, I think I am right in
saying that director Joe Johnston and screenwriters Christopher Markus
& Stephen McFeely did a great job at portraying the character's origin.
Steve Rogers is a rather small guy, one who has a strong voice for his beliefs and what is right, but is bullied often because those he speaks up against are usually twice his size. Both of his parents were involved in the military and he longs to go into the army and fight in the war; not to kill but because he hates bullies. His size is also a persistent problem here, as well, never making the cut to enlist in the service no matter how many attempts he makes. America has just entered World War II and seeing the courage and strength within Steve's heart, Dr. Erksine gets him to volunteer for Project Rebirth, a top secret military project that aims to create super soldiers to help them defeat the Nazis. Undergoing the experiment, Rogers' body is transformed into what can only be described as the body of a super hero. When Dr. Erksine is immediately assassinated by a German spy from the Nazi's secret research department, HYDRA, it is up to the newly named Captain America to go after and defeat the head of HYDRA... Johann Schmidt a.k.a. Red Skull before he uses his newly harnessed "powers" to destroy the world.
With a great cast leading the way (the likes of which include: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones and Hayley Atwell) Captain America does a great job at entertaining the audience while also delivering a great story with a message that relates to each and every once of us today, even though the film is set in 1942.
The 3D didn't really add anything special to the film; a little bit of depth to a scene where some of the men zip-line from atop a cliff down onto a speeding train, plus a few smaller gimmicky things, but that's about it. Would have looked the same in 2D... that holds true to most 3D releases these days, though. When it came down to it, I only really had one complaint: I think the ending could have used a bit of a re-write. I understand where they were trying to take it and the meaning they were trying to give it, but I didn't feel like the relationship between Rogers and Peggy Carter was developed enough to give the final scene the emotional pull it needed to accomplish.
I am anxious to see the sequel, of course Captain America will first appear in The Avengers before that, but if they keep the same writers, now that his story has been established I think they will be able to make an even better film!
11 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
A big build up for Avengers, 8 August 2011
Author: foxthehunt from Canada
I love comics, grew up with them and know Marvel and DC characters
better then many family members. So going into this I more or less knew
what I was going to see. It stays true to the origin story of Capt. and
does a good job in adding little extras to fill in the holes that the
comics never explained.
Seeing Capt. in action for the first time was great and watching all the other scenes that bring iconic symbols that we all know come alive was also great. From start to finish this is not a bad comic book come to life. BUT, it lacks a certain something, perhaps it's the actor playing Capt. or the lack of type of action I would have liked to see on screen.
Red Skull looked great and was bang on, very rare to see a marvel villain actually make the transition so smoothly to film. When it is all said and done it is a great flick for action and a few laughs here and there. Over all it left me wanting to see the same story but delivered differently. There was just something about this film that made me feel like it was rushed or simply thrown together.
In the end I would recommend it but I simply feel that this is just a build up for the Avengers movie in the end.
13 out of 22 people found the following review useful:
Fantastic Family Film, 3 August 2011
Author: mypoint99 from United States
Just saw Captain America a second time today. Loved it just as much the second time around. This is not a film I would have chosen to go see - not my favorite genre - but my kids were dying to see it. After having had to deny them the opportunity to see several other superhero films due to the film ratings for language, sex, and violence, I was wary of this film. I knew nothing about Captain America whatsoever. So I did my typical research, determined the film passed my test as far as I could tell (never know with ratings these days), and I went to the theater hoping I would not be disappointed. I wasn't. My kids thought the the movie was fantastic, and I loved it as well, especially since it was free of the cheap raunchiness that afflicts so many movies these days. A great storyline, wonderful recreation of the 1940s, honorable characters, fun humor, nice cast of talented actors. Overall, a truly enjoyable film that was both exciting and uplifting, with - finally! - some great moral lessons and some patriotism (that was refreshing in this day and age.) Thanks to Marvel and the actors for giving my family and I a great family film we could enjoy together. We might even go see it a third time.
16 out of 28 people found the following review useful:
Utilitarian use of CGI and thoughtful story make this a don't miss movie, 29 July 2011
Author: Greg Smith from Richmond, VA
ONE LINE REVIEW : Utilitarian use of CGI and thoughtful story make this
a don't miss movie RATING : See it in theaters (Rating scale : "See it
in theaters", "Wait for the instant download", "Don't waste your time")
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is a 98-pound weakling who wants nothing more than to kick some Nazi butt. He goes to every recruiting station in Brooklyn to get accepted and keeps getting turned down. On top of that, he is the neighborhood punching bag, constantly getting into scrapes with bullies bigger than him. And that is what drives Steve - he hates bullies and there are no bullies bigger than the Nazis.
He finally happens upon a special recruiting drive where a scientist (Stanley Tucci) is looking for someone with Steve's kind of guts. But tough-as-nails Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) is more than dubious and runs Steve ragged in basic training. But Steve's kind heart and determination make him the perfect personality for an injection that turns him into a super-strong Captain America.
It turns out that the Nazis aren't the biggest bullies on the block. No, it's Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) who is just using the Nazi platform as a way of taking over the world. All the players are set and we're off as Captain America goes into battle with the forces of evil.
This movie is the beginning of the Avengers series and we're no doubt going to see more of the classic Avengers from Marvel comics in coming years.
It is set in the 1940's during the second world war and the costuming and period sets are excellent. I really felt drawn into this world. However it's a sort of bizarro world where Nazis really don't show up that much and Red Skull's "Hydra" forces are everywhere.
And speaking of Red Skull - Hugo Weaving is amazing. Not just for his delivery and persona. But for being the best actor behind a mask since Michael Keeton's Batman. Weaving was the man behind the mask in "V for Vendetta" where he delivered the entire movie wearing a Guy Faulks mask. Here, he uses his flesh-and-blood face for the first third of the film and then pulls that off to reveal his Red Skull face. And still delivers a flawless intensity that he has brought to every other role he's plays since Agent Smith in "The Matrix". The man can do no wrong.
Chris Evans starts out the movie looking very frail and sickly. But once he undergoes the special treatment, he is one buff dude. I haven't spent any time trying to puzzle out the CGI magic that makes this possible, but it is impressive. I'd swear there were two actors in the role. Otherwise Evans is a pretty bland character. But he has all the golly-gee-whiz Mom-and-apple pie look and delivery that makes Captain America believable.
I said of "Green Lantern" that is was the perfect super-hero movie. I may have to take that back, because Captain America raised the bar higher. The writers took their time building the character of feeble- Steve. Then they took their time building the character of buff- Steve/Captain America. All the while defining the evil villain, creating relationships between Steve and love interest Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), and Colonel Phillips, and buddy 'Bucky' Barnes (Sebastian Stan). Unfortunately, they spent little time defining the relationships between Cap'n America and his team - but hey - it's only a 2-hour movie.
The pacing was quite steady. I never felt bored and I never felt overwhelmed with last-minute plot devices. Except for one - Red Skull has this amazing technology and they really didn't explain where it came from (other than a reference at the beginning of the film where Weaving's character finds a glowing cube in some Egyptian ruins). The movie has a sort of steam-punk feel to it that I enjoyed.
So, for it's big effects - used in just the right amount. And a story well-told, taking the time to tell it well, I gave Captain America a rating of "See it in the theaters".
BTW: I saw it in 3-d which some reviewers have complained results in dark images. I enjoyed it in Real-3D and found the light levels to be just fine.
17 out of 30 people found the following review useful:
Everything The Green Lantern should've been! Its a Surprise HIT!, 5 August 2011
Author: John Maynes from United States
I wasn't expecting this to be good but it actually was pretty good.
OK so this summer has had its up and downs, we all saw some surprises in good and bad, but who knows what Hollywood has more to come?
"Facts of The Green Lantern" OK so we all waited to see The Green Lantern and it...didn't do so well...at all, i wasn't really shocked about the movie, why because i saw in the trailer that it was gonna bite but i didn't expect the Green Lantern to be that bad, and it was and is now being the buzz for razzie history in my book. Why, The Story of the Green Lantern was so shallow, and the acting was horrible, the Green Lantern in other words sucked.!don't believe me? look up Mark Miller, don't know him? He's the creator of"Wanted,Civil War and the Kick ASS comics" he called it the"Worst Superhero ever made".
"Review of Captain America:The First Avenger" But Captain America Delivered such a good experience and taking that this film was made by Joe Johnston? really it was made by him, that brought an even bigger surprise to me, why because he's known for not only bringing the Jurassic Park Franchise down with his entry of an original part 3 but turned out to be a flop, and then he tried to remake "The Wolfman" well he had something going, but as it got into story there was so many stops and pauses of what? and OK, then eh but he did a little bit better, now out of all his films he's still very well know for October Sky is his best film out of his Direction career.
So Chis Evens as Captian America, he probably did a breakthrough performance!
Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, as known for doing Megatron he did a mega good job!
The Story is good, it better than The Green Lantern for miles
Everything good in a movie is in here. Good Performances, Good Story, Good Direction, Good Everything.
Its one of the coolest surprises of summer!
17 out of 30 people found the following review useful:
The beloved comic book character gets the rendition it deserves, 3 August 2011
Author: Helgi Jonsson from Iceland
After creating several other Avengers movies, such as The Hulk, Iron Man and Thor, it was finally time for creating a film about the beloved action hero, Captain America. And this one does not disappoint. We see the story of Steve Rogers, who has been constantly rejected by the army, finally getting the chance he deserves. I have to say, Chris Evans's leading performance is rock-solid, and the performances by Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones and Hugo Weaving are no disappointment either. The entire film's production is top-notch, ranging from excellent sound design to eye- popping visuals, to a solid film score by Alan Silvestri. Some of the action sequences feel a bit too comic book-ish in my opinion though, and at some point you feel like you're watching a trailer rather than an actual movie. But, nonetheless, at other times they are brilliantly executed and I have nothing to complain about. The driving force of this movie is not delivered trough action or CGI though, but trough the emotional connection between the characters, especially the one between Steve and Bucky, his friend. Anyway, I won't be spoiling anything, overall it's a very solid, humorous and action-packed superhero movie, and it's one of the best Marvel movies to date. It was a pleasant surprise, and is definitely worth the ticket.
19 out of 34 people found the following review useful:
Perfect Summer movie, 13 August 2011
Author: vsg07 from India
Captain America is directed by Joe Johnston and stars Chris Evans and
Hugo Weaving. On the outside it looks like a fun summer movie with all
the right dialog and action pieces with it. But when you watch it, you
will realize it is about a boy who wont give up. And that's why this
might be one of my favorite movies of this year. Chris Evans is cast
perfectly as a 1940s young man who wants to serve his country. Stanley
Tucci is a German scientist who wants to correct the mistakes of his
past and Tommy Lee Jones is a colonel who along with Tucci is
responsible for selecting one cadet who might become the strongest
soldier of all. Hugo Weaving looks menacing as Johann Schmidt. When he
says he wants it all, you almost believe him.
Most importantly Joe Johnston and the writers know what makes Captain America so endearing and its commendable that they don't over do it.
Before watching this movie, I was a bit worried about how Chris Evans would stand up to Robert Downey Jr and Samuel L Jackson in the Avengers. Now I think he might be able look at them in the eye and get away with it.
19 out of 34 people found the following review useful:
I knew Cap wouldn't let me down., 4 August 2011
Author: ticket_for_one from United Kingdom
I knew Cap wouldn't let me down. Marvel has done it again with their
latest superhero offering. Captain America is one of the best films
I've seen this year. Along with Thor it's one of the best comic book
movies to come out this century. Seriously I really loved this film.
What Marvel have done with whole Avengers story tie in is brilliant!
Just like the comics, if you haven't watched any of the other Avenger
movies, you won't necessarily be lost, but you'd have a better idea of
what's happening and what's about to happen if you have. Chris Evans
does a great job at playing Cap. In fact it's a very human portrayal of
the superhero. Not only was he physically up for the role, but he also
did a good job of handling the emotional scenes. Evans has always been
a capable actor and he's much more likable than the unfunny Ryan
Reynolds. There were questions about his involvement in this movie
because he recently played Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four movies. But
seeing how Marvel has killed off Johnny Storm it only makes sense to
play this character. He's an actor I'll continue to lookout for.
Supporting cast was perfect. Tommy Lee Jones hardly ever puts a foot
wrong and was great as the grumpy but funny colonel, Toby Stephens does
a great job, Dominic Cooper whose becoming one of favourite British
actors does a fine job as Howard Stark. Shall I go on? Stanley Tucci
just goes from strength to strength with every role. A character actor,
who can do anything and play anyone, he was also great as the doctor
who administers the Super Serum to Steve Rodgers for him to become
Captain America. For Hugo Weaving it was business as usual. The man
knows how to play the villain and does (you guessed it) a great job as
Red Skull. Even Hayley Atwell whose been targeted as the weak performer
in this, does a job here. Neal McDonough, Derek Luke and Sebastian Stan
also offer reliable support. So as you can see I have no problems with
the performances. Great set pieces, which include good old solid
fisticuffs fight between Cap and Red Skull at the end. Explosions, lots
of them. Gun fights and motorcycle chases. All of which are well filmed
and well choreographed. Great story and plot give this film an Indiana
Jones feel. Watch the beginning and you'll think Raiders, for sure! The
special effects used to make Chris Evans smaller were brilliant. At
times I honest thought he'd lost weight and shrunk in size. Joe
Johnston has redeemed himself after the dreaded Wolfman and has given
us the same kind of adventure and cinematography he showed us in movies
like Rocketeer and Hidalgo. Yes, this is a good movie! Is it perfect?
Only problems I had are nitpick things. It would've been nice to see Cap being trained as a soldier after he received his abilities. In saying that we are never fully told what Cap was capable of. In saying that, in some scenes he makes it evident, that his physical attributes are enhanced to peak of human potential. So says Wikipedia. Scenes drag in places but not for long. Visual effects looked choppy but only in some scenes. Other than that, I had no other problems with the film.
Uniform looked great, visually 1940's New York looks brilliant and the story ties in nicely with the Avengers movie.
All in all it?M)s a great film and I'd definitely go and see it again. Worth the release and a DVD/Blu-Ray purchase.
20 out of 36 people found the following review useful:
An excellent throwback to the straightforward heroism of the past, and a mightily entertaining blockbuster with great humour and loads of thrilling action, 27 July 2011
Author: moviexclusive from Singapore
The last of Marvel Comics' superheroes to make its big screen debut
before next year's hotly anticipated 'The Avengers' was also the first
to debut on print some 70 years ago in Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's Super
Soldier series. Captain America was his name, his appearance at the
time when the world was in the throes of World War II- though it would
be months later before America finally decided to join in the fight
following the bombing of Pearl Harbour.
You'd understand why then the character was created as a square-jawed, well-chiselled, honourable man with almost zero flaws- the world needed a hero in the truest sense of the word and Captain America fit that profile to a T. In adapting the comic character, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (of the 'Narnia' franchise) have wisely opted not to distort the wholesome hero Captain America has been known to be, and this is precisely why their film stands out tall and strong against the plethora of superhero flicks in recent years.
Indeed, moral ambiguity has become de rigueur for the modern-day superhero since the likes of 'The Dark Knight', so much so that the simplicity of old-fashioned true-blue heroism is in fact quite refreshing. And other than his physical build, Steve Rogers is no less than the perfect hero- his only wish is to enlist in the war to do his part for his nation, and he's not afraid to fight back even when faced with an opponent bigger and stronger than he is. Rogers is finally granted his wish- after numerous unsuccessful interviews- when he meets German defector Dr. Abraham Erskine (the excellent Stanley Tucci), who recruits him as part of the US Army's plan to create super-soldiers.
Needless to say, Rogers is eventually chosen among the candidates- the choice, as Dr Erskine explains to him, is because 'a strong man who has known power all his life may lose respect for that power; but a weak man knows the value of strength and knows compassion'. An agonising serum injection later, Rogers is transformed into the buff and muscular Captain America- his newfound powers quickly put to the test when he sets off down the streets of Manhattan barefoot in hot pursuit of a German spy who assassinates Dr Erskine just minutes after the experiment.
That spy is in fact under the service of renegade officer Johann Schmidt (The Matrix's Hugo Weaving in another expert villain role), the leader of the Nazis' occult research arm HYDRA building his own personal army for world domination. Schmidt is a fine nemesis to Captain America, the very antithesis of the latter's red-white-and-blue goodness and very definition of the word 'evil'. If the film draws Captain America as the equivalent of pure heroism, then so must it also paint Schmidt as the equivalent of complete evil.
But before the two go up against each other, Captain America must first overcome the politics of war, as he is quickly placed in a blue costume and made to perform on stage as an All-American hero to urge the public to buy war bonds and hence raise money for the war effort. Director Joe Johnston has plenty of satirical fun playing up the overt patriotism of these acts, presenting them in a montage that sees Captain America perform across different states but with the same act which includes a fake German Nazi. This detour into media celebrity also sees the film at its most grounded, as Captain America becomes a larger-than-life symbol used as a morale booster for the public.
He finally springs into action when he learns that his buddy Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) has been taken prisoner by HYDRA, and despite warnings from his former commanding officer, Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones), decides to go deep into enemy territory to rescue him and other prisoners-of-war. It is there he realises the extent of Schmidt's nefarious plans, the rest of the movie a non-stop thrill-ride as Captain America assembles his army to clean out Schmidt's bases one by one leading up to that final confrontation between the two.
Yes, it takes an hour before the action kicks in proper, but Johnston makes the wait absolutely worth it. Johnston has demonstrated his penchant for visual effects, and his abilities are plainly evident in the film's action set-pieces- beginning with a daring raid to rescue the POWs, followed by a sneak attack on Schmidt on board a moving train, and culminating in a climactic showdown set inside Schmidt's underground lair as well as around and in his fighter jet. There is unadulterated exhilaration to be had here, and the film's infectiously jaunty spirit adds immensely to the sheer enjoyment.
Of course given the period setting, there is a need to bring our hero to the present to join with the other members of S.H.I.E.L.D. including their team leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson in yet another cameo)- but kudos to both the screen writing team of Markus and McFeely as well as director Johnston for keeping this adaptation true to the old pop culture motif that Captain America was. Whereas modern-day superheroes tend to be less clearly defined in terms of black and white or should we say good and evil, this old-school hero is a perfect nostalgic emblem of heroism. That and the fact that this movie is also mighty entertaining is just the perfect finish to this summer's superhero bombast, and a run-up par excellence to next summer's 'The Avengers'.
22 out of 40 people found the following review useful:
A fun and truly stupendous movie regardless of genre!, 31 July 2011
Author: Elle from United States
The depth of this movie really did surprise me. Even though the high
quality of the actors involved seemed to indicate otherwise, I was
expecting a lower level movie. I was wrong and I couldn't be more
pleased. It's truly a stupendous movie regardless of genre.
Most Superhero comic book movies seem to share a problem in tone. Most films try to cope with wild concepts by emphasizing darkness, even over-emphasizing it. Troubled, brooding characters, black leather and anger rule the day. Here, Cap's creators mix everything so well. It leans away from dark but touches on it just enough. Maybe it's the character or maybe it's because they wanted genuinely real dialogue but the movie feels real and believable. It's truly better than most comic-book movies have ever delivered. So much of the humor works because of this and all the dramatic beats really click. Steve Rogers is so well written and displays true character establishment and development over the course of the film. Even the longing and then flirtation between Steve and Peggy has the undertow of lonely romantic longing and implications. What's also rare for any popcorn movie is that just about every scene packs real emotional weight. This is what you get when you mix fine acting talent with outstanding material. They make it shine and give you a remarkable summer movie. Oh yeah, did I mention that Cap kicks butt and is loads of fun too? That you could tell from the flood of action clips seen leading up to the movie. What was a pleasant surprise was that Captain America is a complete and very well done movie.
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