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Imagine my pleasant surprise to find that Captain America is fun and
frivolous in all the right ways.
In 1942 America's involvement in WW2 was in full swing, with their rude introduction occurring at Pearl Harbour the previous year. Countless brave young Americans line up to defend the honour of their proud nation against the Axis of evil.
Unfortunately thanks to a laundry list of health and wellbeing issues, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is unable to be accepted as one of them, despite his best intentions and continued applications, he finds his weak frame keeps him out of the army. He also finds that his big mouth, noble principles and never say die attitude continually gets him into trouble.
Then Dr Erskine (Stanley Tucci) identifies this scrappy runt with a heartbeat that keeps time with the Star Spangled Banner. Erskine tells Rogers of a new program which he refers to as his last and only shot of being able to serve his Country, of course Rogers agrees immediately and undergoes a painful procedure that Springfielders might say embiggens everything about Steve.
He enters the lab a scrawny 50 kg weakling and emerges more video game hero than man; a handsome, smooth, chiseled buffalupagus with the same super-GO USA-principals and incredible physical abilities. One of the (possibly unintended) side-effects is definitive swooniness.
Without too much messing about Rogers is plonked into an army unit where he is written off as a science project by his superior Colonel Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) and sympathised with by Soldier Peggy Carter (a gravity defying Hayley Atwell).
After a brief delay to promote the cause Rogers is sent to the front line, where his new powers are put to the test against the Nasti Nazis, primarily the fiendish Hydra unit lead by Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving), a man with physical secrets of his own, and a man who has aspirations of no less than world domination. He also has the coolest toys more on that later
The strength of Captain America is how it deliberately toes the superhero movie line, the beauties are beautiful, the men noble and brave and the bad guys appropriately back-lit to appear instantly ominous. There is also the obligatory Stan Lee cameo, and of course the Nazis are always good superhero escapist fodder.
Unfortunately I can't mention the strengths without the minor weaknesses, for while Captain America is indeed worth watching I can't help but feel it has been a victim to The Avengers success thus far, as the sheer number of big names already in The Avengers universe has resulted in Chris Evans being dragged off the bench for duty.
Chris Evans' best role that I know of was his 10 minute character role in Scott Pilgrim Vs the World as a charisma-free beefcake action star moron. Here he plays the supposed antithesis of that guy, but he once again fails to bring the charisma, Evans might be a bona fide buff guy as the first unveiling of his super-modded physique shows, but there must be dozens of guys in Hollywood all better credentialed for the acting part of Steve Rogers the problem is they are all in Iron Man/Thor/Hulk/X-Men/Green Lantern and so on.
Chris Evans is less the leading man for Captain America, he is more the last man standing in this game of superhero pick up.
Hugo Weaving and I on the other hand have a long relationship, he played an over acting robot/computer program (I don't care which nerds) in The Matrix and was once again a scenery chewing over-enunciator spitting Tolkien dialogue in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. As Schmidt/Red Skull he claims to have used the voice and accent of renowned German filmmakers as his template, but bugger me if it doesn't come across as 99% Arnie Schwarzenegger to me the one oft-copied and universally derided by millions. So either Hugo is busting out another crappy accent, or we should lay off the Arnie bashing because apparently that's how all Germans talk !
But that aside, the best part of the film though is the prevailing sense of entertainment over all, the fact that this is not historically accurate or scientifically possible is not mentioned. They don't try to introduce ridiculous justifications radioactive spiders anyone? and more or less say 'don't ask why, we just can'.
Or perhaps more appropriately 'Don't ask, Don't tell".
The Hydra team have some of the awesomest toys in cinema history, with Schmidt/Red Skull boasting a simply insane garage filled with a monstrous car, a slick one man submarine and numerous supercool aircraft. His men also have bad-ass uniforms and helmets and weaponry that other cinema bad guys could only dream of. The Nazis might be the undercard in this film, but they sure look cooler.
Watching this film made me realise that the much maligned 'look how fast we've developed and what we can do now' montage is under-appreciated and underused. This leads to a film with one foot in the Avengers camp and the other in Indiana Jones territory, pretty good company I would argue.
Final Rating 7 / 10. If you like your superhero films to be escapist entertainment look no further, I just can't help but feel that this might be an 8 if there were better leads involved, (and it might tip into a 9 with some Hayley Atwell nudity)!
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There are too many comic book action films that have been coming out
but Captain America is not only the best one, but is also the only one
that I actually liked. Now, some might argue that X-Men: First Class
was fantastic (I am NOT a fan of Thor), but, while not bad, I felt it
didn't reach its potential. As for Captain America, its main
distinction to other summer films is that it doesn't dive right into
the action. I appreciated the time it took to develop its characters,
and, gee, there actually seemed to be a story going on here. I also
have to warn those of you who might expect a straight up action flick
to not get your hopes high. Although it didn't bother me, it does take
a while before an action scene actually appears.
Another distinction that separates itself from other superhero films is the look of the film, coinciding its setting in 1942. Captain America looks and feels like an old-fashion film, and I really embraced it. This is also due to Alan Silvestri's score, which feels more classic than modern film scores. Our protagonist, Steve Rogers, feels like a real person which adds an emotional weight to the film. We feel for him and want him to succeed in his goal. And once the story is set up and the action finally comes to play, the action doesn't seem to appear for action's sake. It actually propels the story. It also doesn't hurt having a romance brewing between him and Peggy Carter. It was sweet and didn't feel forced to me.
Chris Evans plays the title character and he's great playing both the skinny, average Joe and the buff, all-American hero. He certainly steps up his performance here compared to his other superhero character, Johnny Storm. He brings a sort of charisma and puppy dog charm to his role, and it seems like an automatic response to be on his side when we first meet his character. Hayley Atwell is totally believable as his love interest as well. I would love to see what other things she has to offer in future roles. With all good superhero films, there must be a villain to match it. In that case, it's not surprising that Hugo Weaving doesn't disappoint. Just as the person he is, he can withhold an audience's attention without even trying.
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If I had rated and reviewed this picture when it first came out it
would have scored a notch higher. Watching today though it lost some of
it's original magic, and begged the question - do I have to watch every
movie more than once to give it an objective score? I just don't have
the time or inclination to do that.
On balance, the first half of the story, well maybe the first third of the story is what bears kudos. I like to see how movies handle the origin stories of comic book characters that originated way back in the Thirties and Forties. "Batman Begins" was a good one for example in the DC Universe, along with the modernized version of the origin of Spider-Man that kick started the Marvel movie franchise. The super serum project that amplified Steve Rogers' ninety pound weakling physique into that of a steroid freak was particularly effective here.
What I didn't care for this second time around was the latter part of the story with it's over extended battle scene between Cap (Chris Evans) and Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). The Nazi villain's demise was way too anti-climactic, and given the decades long relationship between Captain America and his friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in the comics world, his death here seemed contrived and almost certain to disappoint Cap fans.
One of the pluses for me, and I always mention this, is the appearance of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee in a cameo role. This time around he shows up as Army brass at a Captain America war bond drive. Another would have been at the very end when Cap wakes up from his frozen slumber and enters a new age, to be greeted by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and commissioned into a modern day assignment. Here's hoping The Avengers raises the bar at least back up to the level of the original "Iron Man".
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like all marvel movies i made the case of seeing this film in the
cinema and not waiting for it to be released on DVD/blu-ray, and like
all other marvel movies i went to see it with my close group of friends
and among ourselves the movie has been decused many times. captain
America is the retelling of the "comic classic" origins story of the
loved hero captain America and in a somewhat common marvel movie style
with a few twists and changes that alter the story but with the up-most
loyalty to the original work. the movies style is not that of
Christopher Nolan's dark knight trilogy and although the three movies
are enjoyable this doesn't make captain America bad. captain America
excels as what it is an action movie with essence and story (i am
willing to admit the development of characters in the story is not as
strong as in other movies, this is disappointing as much of "caps"
development was cut from avengers). Nolan's movies or story driven to
the core but doing movies like this is not alway good movies would not
be as big if they were all citizen Kane a "three hour" duration that
completely engulfs you and your concentration making it a bad film to
go see with your friends when your looking to see some explosions and
action. i also disagree with the other site of the coin with movies
like Micheal bay travesty transformers which was explosions, some
teasing of flesh and the selling out of a loved children's cartoon for
nothing but finical gain. the movie picks up rather slow but convincing
we meet Steve rogers/captain America in a movie theatre watching a war
propaganda film of the day were a local jock type man taunts and laughs
at the film the small rogers then engages the boy in a fight out side
the movie theatre refusing to give up the losing fight until he is
saved by his best friend Bucky who has just signed up to join the war
effort. the sign is probably the most important of rogers early
development showing his over commitment to defending what he believes
in most (there is also a little cheesy foreshadowing of the use of a
shield. as the movie progresses it is revealed that rogers has
attempted unsuccessfully many times to enlist. following the story
Steve eventually meets a scientist who gives him power etc. read the
synopsis if you want to now. the movie introduces the villains hydra
and red skull. and a montage of the war years follows.then following
the death of a good friend "cap" jumps on a bike provokes a high paced
action sequence, gets the girl and saves the day not before making his
own sacrifice, re-awaking in the modern day a few weeks/month before
avengers. the movies villain red skull was wonderfully portrayed and i
would once again love to see him in the role if he didn't express his
complete dislike of the idea. thourgh-out the movie he always wells
menacing comparable to a dilled-back Hannibal lector completely in
control, overly intelligent and with some super powers and Nazi stuff
threw in just for fun his plan holds solid as he wants to take over the
world but believes everyone even Hitler is unfit to lead. the
characters back story is never explored in-depth only hinted at making
it promising for a return of the villain.
RATING: 8/10 the lose of marks is as followed 1 point was lost by the movies commitment to the avengers project the usage of the cosmic cube allow justified and necessary for the film to fit into the franchise, cap is also the most under developed character in avengers even more than hawk-eye and black widow, these two character don't reserve a lot of explanation put are very shallow and not as complicated as cap and thourgh- out avengers he feels like " that guy you met twice at a get together and you know where hes from and a bit about his interests" and were meant to follow the character with up-most confidence.
Another mark because of the movies genre allow i respect the genre and its working i cant a movie full marks on the grounds that it looks pretty.
I recently watched Captain America on Netflix. Chris Evans was very convincing in his role as Steve Rogers aka Captain America. All of the actors and actresses were very convincing in their portrayal of their characters. The director Joe Johnson was very effective in telling the story of Captain America. His choice of lighting, camera angles, and soundtrack really set the tone of the movie. The plot of the movie was very well thought out. From beginning to end the movie was very enjoyable.If i had one complaint it would be the movie did not have enough action and drama than from what i had hoped.That's just my opinion though.. Overall this movie was enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this movie to my friends, family, and to anyone who enjoys action,romantic, and some what comedic movies.
Have you ever dreamt of being an American hero? Steve Rodgers certainly has but he hasn't yet found much success in making his fantasy become a reality. Steve is small, weak, and awkward. He has tried to enlist in Army but has been refused. After meeting a friendly doctor who decides to give him a try, he joins the Army and soon after becomes part of an experiment to test drugs that will strengthen him and give him a better chance to be successful. While all this is going on, a madman named Schmidt is attempting to take over the world. This film, set in the 1940s, feels more like a war movie than a superhero movie. Either way however, director Joe Johnston pulls it off and does it very well. It is highly entertaining, with perfect acting, grand sets, and a first-class story. I especially liked Tommy Lee Jones' performance as the rough colonel. As it began, I was comparing the characters of Steve Rodgers and Peter Parker, from Spider-Man, who both are week and not at all hero-like but become powerful as the stories go on. However, there couldn't be a bigger difference between the two because Steve Rodgers is so much more of a stronger and likable character altogether. Although it starts out slow and some of it is a bit silly, the entire movie is a joy to watch and everything comes together in an unforgettable picture.
Im just watching this movie and Im so bored I chose to write this review to help raise awareness about how bad this movie is and boring and boring and BORING!!...........pf.........Its impossible to understand for me how they can spend 140.000.000.dollars and eventually waste it all and then give hope for us and cause disappointment not that I was expecting much after all that bad reviews and watching it on sky (its on every day now)little bits and pieces so I had glimpses before and had the feeling its gonna be boring and no surprises on that one ....IT IS SO BBBBBBBBBooOOOOOOORRrrrrRRinggggggggggg..............that I cant finish this movie..this review is boring???????watch the movie then you'll understand.........
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Yes this film is very propagandistic and flies the stars and stripes a little bit too much, but this is a relatively moral film, laced with cheese and an entertaining if not simple story line and a montage of violence which could have been flushed out a bit more and made more coherent into a sub-story of it's own, the emotional attachment between some of the characters, especially the Captain and his team of misfit renegades is a little shallow and I don't really care when "Bucky" is killed. That being said, it is a very entertaining film and still well worth a watch. It covers moral values and teaches about the benefits of perseverance and standing up for oneself, which is something sadly lacking in society today and for a movie night in why not?
I'd admit it, I had watched it a bit late, but this is by the far, next to Tower Heist in recent movies, as the better ones of cinema now. This is a pinnacle of the right medium thrown across the face of the expected general bland that is Hollywood entertainment at this point; where the biggest movie stars perform in mediocre films, and everything seems to be contemporary, stupid or depressing. But once in a while, someone a director or and actor or a writer comes a long, to reinstate at least some hope back in all that bland unoriginal theme, and in the right way. Captain America was a homage to the comic series, it was great, it had plenty of actions and even though it kept that relevantly typical marvel comic build like that of Spiderman where something extraordinary happens, it was made in the most rationalized means, and fitted into a nice framework of creativity and originality. That's the word - originality and ingenuity, - you don't get that often in Hollywood now- a-days, and this really slapped it on like well ridden material. A true homage, and even though my "fellow" viewers found it a bit "unrealistic" and the humor "obvious/offbeat comic-relief" they don't know what the movie competitors are, to truly know how much other movies now a days are off beat in humor and "weird", my fellow viewers are insane, and don't know what they're talking about. There were no boring bits, and it was funny and quirky all the way. And most of all it was GENUINE, - weirdness and offbeat humor are made splendid when like in the movie where the main character learns from the scientist that value of strength is what's important, - this movie shows how the value of the genuine is important, and that can triumph over occasional unrealistic marvel aspects and offbeat humour (if any) any time of any day in this current movie industry.
Captain America The First Avenger is an Marvel Superhero film, which
makes yet, another punch to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film stars Chris Evans as the famous Captain America/Steven Rogers. The story is about Steve, who wishes to join the U.S Army. Somewhere in Europe, Johann Schmidt steals the Tesseract, a mysterious object, which contains untold power. Rogers on the other hand is befriended by Dr. Abraham Erskine and raises him in the army. In a serum test, in which Rogers is enhanced, Erskine is shot by a officer of Schmidt. Rogers captures the assassin, but he commits suicide before he could be interrogated. Rogers then continues to be a soldier and dons the name "Captain America", and must stop Schmidt, later to be known as the Red Skull from using the Tesseract from world domination.
Overall, the film is quite fine, an improvement to Joe Johnston, the guy who Directed Jurassic Park III. The action was fast-paced and stylish, the characters were good-looking and the story is detailed. A great film for Marvel Fans.
Overall, my rating: An 8.4 out of 10.
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