Captain America: The First Avenger
When patriots become heroes
Predominantly set during World War II, Steve Rogers is a sickly man from Brooklyn who's transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull – Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry, and the leader of an organization that intends to use a mysterious device of untold powers for world domination.
I can't fully explain what I am about to say.
But I fucking love this film.
It's better than The Avengers.
It's better than The Dark Knight Rises.
It's better than Thor.
It's Marvels best film so far. Based on its best character.
Chris Evans' brilliant performance and its 40s flourishes make it 2nd to none in the comic book blockbuster genre. It's touches of humour and a villain packing serious threat just compound that.
This is a film made with love for the character, and it shows. It's proper inspiring stuff in that first hour, and I for one LOVE IT.
Captain AVERAGE: Someone please Avenge me for the 2 hours I lost out of my life.
Steve Rogers: [after being injected in the arm] That wasn't so bad.
Abraham Erskine: That was penicillin.
I judged the Marvel Cinematic Universe way too early. I'm glad they've come back to bite me in the arse for the better. With Captain America I expected it to be a cheese filled disappointing action film with a limp love story. In reality I was treated to 2 hours of fun.
First off I'd just like to commend Chris Evans in the lead. He finds the line between not under-playing the role and not over-playing it and he shines alongside a great cast. For this film, they've assembled - pun intended - a cast they can be proud of. They squeezed the…
Ehh. . . Sluggish and predictable.
Part 5 of the Avengers all nighter.
Skinny CGI Chris Evans is creepy. Hugo Weaving now sounds like Agent Smith no matter what character he's playing. Even a red skulled Nazi. I'm sort of intrigued by the Avengers universe after Ironman, but was so bored by this film that I fast forwarded the last half hour. And I was on a plane. I'll watch anything on a plane.
I still stand by my original assessment of the film, which you can read here. Solid performance from Chris Evans, and a fun, lively first hour. Hugo Weaving makes for a dull Red Skull and it's too action-heavy in its second half. Also spends too much time Avengers-building. Somewhere in here is a better film.
Despite a promising start and a good performance by Chris Evans in the role of our genuinely admirable title character, the movie stalls badly in the second half. Weighed down by incoherent action, a paper-thin yet also incomprehensible plot, and uncomfortable dollops of focus-group political correctness ("we can't have actual Nazis in a movie that we're going to be turning into merchandise for kids, can we?"), the movie is dull and exhausting in equal measure by it's conclusion.
You couldn't help but feel that many involved in the production just wanted to get this movie over with so they could move on to 'The Avengers'. If you feel you should be caught up with all the Avengers prequels before seeing the movie itself, include the first 45 minutes or so of this one. You'll be entertained and most likely learn everything it was important for you to know anyway.
A very good Marvel movie.
A good movie but – as always – I struggled with the image of patriotism that the story shares.
I guess the movie does come quite close to what the comic books represented so I don’t blame them. But I haven’t read them and that is actually the reason why I don’t plan to ever read them.
I had honestly forgotten how much I enjoyed this movie -- thus it was a surprise to watch it again and really get a kick out of it.
Not much to add to the below, though I'm not quite as effusive on rewatch as I was a couple of years ago. There's a lot to like here, though the plot feels strangely convoluted, and the climactic "Here's how Cap ends up in the state we find him in at the beginning of the film" still makes no sense to me.
But for a character that is sometimes seen as stodgy and two-dimensional, Cap here is portrayed exceedingly well, and the cinematic universe around him works excellently.
ORIGINAL REVIEW (hill-kleerup.org/blog/2011/11/07/movie-review-captain-america-2011.html)…
Rewatched this one. Not a bad movie overall, even though it has some weaknesses (mostly the third act is squeezed into a surprising and sudden tempo). Funny, with heart and action, it's still one of the least decent of the Marvel films. But not as bad as Iron Man 2.
A decent film that loses a bit of 'oomph' in the middle. Very appealing. I just wish the villain was a bit more prominent.
Much better than the 6.8 IMDB is giving it.
There's one word for this movie, cliche, at some point it became hard to watch. The movie was to "computer-ish" (if this word even exists).
I just didn't like it and it was just boring, I guessed right at the beginning of the movie, the most cliche scene of all,
The hero's girl kisses the hero passionately and says "Go get him" and the hero goes to his heroic mission where he will be put to his limit.
(I was reconsidering whether to put or not to put "Contains spoilers" but the scene is so cliche that this isn't even close to being a spoiler).
My personal favorite of the pre-Avengers movies. A man with a big heart, always wanting to do the right thing, goes from a scrawny little pip-squeak, to America's favorite super soldier. Chris Evans plays both pre-Supersoldier Serum Steve Rogers, and the aftermath of the serum, Captain America, tremendously.
It was the right move switching from The Human Torch to Captain America for him.