Captain America: The First Avenger

So here’s the last film before the big one (The Avengers in case you didn’t already know). Problem is, that’s sometimes all that Captain America: The First Avenger feels like – just something to bridge the gap before we get the real show…

Maybe it’s coz the story to this isn’t much – small man gets big, beats up people and has to defeat his nemesis. The period setting in this is a nice touch though, introducing a sort of alt reality of WW2 – it makes a good change from the usual superhero film set-up.

Now, a confession: I don’t know why but I used to have an irrational hatred of Chris Evans…I think coz in some of his earlier stuff he comes across as quite smug. But since his turn as Evil Ex No.2 in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, that lessened. And since seeing him in Captain America that hatred has disappeared. He’s perfect for the role and reins in the cockiness to play a hero who is more than a little unsure of himself and his new strength. Also the idea of ‘Skinny Steve’ that I was worried about from the parts I saw in the trailer is actually very convincing and it works really well.

Hayley Atwell is also excellent as Peggy Carter the feisty Brit army woman – she’s believable as a strong and independent lady and quite a good heroine, unlike a few other female characters in other superhero films (I’m looking at you Pepper Potts).

Other standouts are definitely Stanley Tucci as the doctor who has invented the Super Soldier experiment and Tommy Lee Jones as a gruff army Colonel, and they both provide a bit of much-needed comic relief. And Hugo Weaving is great as Johann Schmidt/Red Skull – he’s a pretty scary villain and he doesn’t go OTT with the accent and turn him into a caricature like most other actors would have.

The one thing this film has going for it though is the action:  brilliantly choreographed and very exciting. Also the last fight is completely different from any other big boss fight in previous comic book films and all the more gripping for it.  And the 3D? For once I didn’t think it looked too bad – even when people are just talking sometimes they pop out in the foreground. But does it need it? As usual: no. But let’s not rant on again about that issue…

So:  good action film, but a bit of filler really until next year. And when I think about it, there aren’t that many scenes in this that stick out as truly memorable (apart from the clever idea of Captain America becoming a propaganda figure) – sure, certain scenes are exciting at the time, but you won’t be dying to see them a second time. In fact one of the most exciting parts for me was the cleverly done epilogue and sneak peek after the credits at The Avengers. Sorry Captain.

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~ by square-eyed-geek on August 9, 2011.

One Response to “Captain America: The First Avenger”

  1. In the era of the tortured superhero in movies, it’s refreshing to come across one with enthusiasm and a pure spirit. Good Review!

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