Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

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Captain America: The First Avenger

During World War II, Steve Rogers is eager to enlist to serve his country and defend it against invaders. But Steve is a scrawny 95 pound young man with asthma and a weak heart. But a doctor sees Steve’s eagerness and determination and decides to give him a chance in a special experimental division of the army. There, Steve proves himself worthy and brave enough to be the first test subject for a super-soldier serum. Meanwhile, a Nazi scientific faction called Hydra has found a remarkable substance that just may change the course of the war.

With extraordinary special effects and CGI, Chris Evans begins the film as a small, weak man. His transformation to Captain America is worth the price of admission alone. Evans completely embodies both Steve Rogers – the brave but bullied weakling to the strong super-soldier. Tommy Lee Jones plays Captain America’s commanding officer to scene-stealing perfection. And supporting roles by Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Sebastian Stan (‘Bucky’ Barnes), Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark), and Stanley Tucci (Dr. Erskine) added humor and heart to the film. Hugo Weaving was chilling and brilliance as Johann Schmidt, the evil mastermind behind Hydra.

The story takes place almost completely in 1942, with beautiful settings and Stark-infused technology and fun gadgets. With plenty of action, adventure, suspense, and laughs – fans of all ages will enjoy this fantastic re-imaging of an iconic super hero. It would have been easy to make this a simple action/adventure film, but the writers did an amazing job of infusing drama, patriotism, and light-hearted humor to balance the story. This comic book fan had high hopes and was not disappointed. Intrigue, excitement, and romance – the film is riveting from beginning to end.

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5 thoughts on “Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger”

  1. I’m not in tune with the comic world or movie news…but why does Samual L Jackson keeps poping up?

  2. Hi Jennifer – He plays comic book character Nick Fury. He’s rounding up the super heros for the upcoming Avengers movie. Yeah, only comic book readers would get that!

  3. I kept reading that the Invaders, The Human Torch and Namor were going to appear in this film. The rumor stated that they’d be in the last quarter of the film. I saw what looked like the Human Torch at the Worlds Fair, but I never saw the Sub Mariner. Are there cut scenes, or were the rumors bunk?

  4. Gregor – I think that was just a rumor. I didn’t see Sub Mariner at all. And it wouldn’t have made sense to see Human Torch in the 1940’s, since he wasn’t around until many decades later.

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