In one sentence, everything that's great about Paramount and Marvel Studios' adaptation of the classic Star-Spangled Avenger is laid out on the table.
The comic book superhero adventure has become a genre of film unto itself, and it's produced some truly great movies, such as The Dark Knight and Iron Man. But in spite of how wonderful those films mentioned may be, Captain America: The First Avenger might be the first comic book adaptation yet to hit every mark for which it aims.
Where so many superhero flicks strive to spin dozens of plates at once and invariably drop more than half of them, Captain America keeps the plates spinning for its entire 124 minute runtime.
It strives to be a period movie while still maintaining the adrenaline of a modern actioner. It succeeds.
It wants to highlight a love story while never