Captain America: The First Avenger

22 Jul

As a comic book geek who never really read any of the Captain America series, I have none the less always liked the guy just for his sense of honor and American Pride.  That “do what is best for the down-trodden, regardless of personal cost” attitude.  Chris Evans does a fantastic job of epitomizing this persona as Steve Rogers (AKA Captain America).

Steve Rogers is your typical ’90 pound weakling’ with a heart of gold.  All he wants to do is join the Army and do his duty to his country.  Steve tries joining several times with several different sets of information and is repeatedly rejected.  At least one rejection is the dreaded 4F (unfit for military service). To add insult to injury, his best friend ‘Bucky’ (Sebatian Stan) is accepted and shipping out to his dream assignment, the 107th.

Steve is not so good with women and in fact has no clue how to even interact with them.  This is a recurring theme that is constantly pointed out by the love interest of the movie, Agent Peggy Carter (played marvelously by Hayley Atwell), but I digress.  During a botched double date with Bucky he tries yet again to enlist.  Bucky catches him before he goes in and they discuss why he keeps trying.  Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci), a German scientist who has escaped to america to join the war effort, overhears Steve’s explanation.  With his ‘help’ Steve is finally accepted into the Army with the coveted 1A (available for unrestricted military service).

From here the transformation to Captain America, via the usual secret government operation, unfolds.  Along the way there are some rather unexpected side trips and pitfalls that you wouldn’t normally expect in a ‘comic book’ film.  It’s not all action and fighting and blowing things up.  Don’t get me wrong there is plenty of fighting and war and blowing things up. The movie just doesn’t rely on these to make the movie.  There is a real story and a real plot.  I know,  crazy talk for a comic book based endeavor.  There is even the usual wise cracking comedy you would expect from Tommy Lee Jones who plays Colonel Chester Phillips, the man in charge of the special operation that spawns Cap.

The movie has a very good story and moves along quite well.  I especially enjoyed the way they made the film look and feel like the old colorized war movies I watched with Dad or Grandpa on lazy Sunday afternoons as a child.  The film had an actual musical score rather than the usual hit songs playing in the background (regardless of the era).

Overall, this is just a fantastic film with some great acting by all those involved.  If you are a comic book fan, go see this movie.  If you are just a fan of a well told story, go see this movie.  If you are a Captain America Fan, why haven’t you already seen this movie?

I give it 9 out of 10 Cheeseburgers

 

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One Response to “Captain America: The First Avenger”

  1. TMcBolz August 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    I completely agree! Ann and I saw it in 3D (our first ever 3D experience) and I thought it was very entertaining!

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