Captain America The First Avenger (2011)

Director: Joe Johnston

Writer: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Starring: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugh Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Richard Armitage, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones


Story Steve Rogers (Evans) a small man who is trying his hardest to join the army so he can help in the war efforts. Steve is constantly getting reject because of his size, while his best friend James Barnes (Stan) joins the efforts. Going for another attempt Steve meets Dr. Abraham Erskins (Tucci) who gives him a chance. Colonel Chester Phillips (Lee Jones) is unsure of Rogers and wants a more built solider for the experiment. The doctor gets his way and showing how much he wants to be the best.


Howard Stark (Cooper) has created a way to make a man stronger and a better solider Steve is the choice for this. After the experiment a German spy kills Erskins, Steve captures the spy but the spy takes his own life before questions can be asked. The spy is from the German group HYDRA led by Johann Schmidt (Weaving) and he is out to destroy the world with the power of the Gods.


Steve has now become a sideshow hero performing in shows to collect money for the war. On a trip to the front line he learns of Barnes unit getting capture and with Stark and Peggy Carter (Atwell) he goes on a solo mission to save the soldiers. This mission will turn Steve Rogers into Captain America but can he save the day?


Verdict Superhero movies were a plenty this year with X-Men First Class, Thor and Green Lantern. X-men and Thor were two of the best superhero movies around so this one had a lot to live up too, and honestly this is a good overall movie but not to the same level as the other two. The thing that makes this movie not meet that level is the fact there isn’t an original villain and not happens that makes you really go wow, like the boat and anchor scene in X-Men does. The level of action is good for the casual viewer looking for a movie you don’t have to think about. Another year this could have been the best superhero film and it would have been if it were up against The Green Lantern. Superhero fans should enjoy this origin story of Captain America.


Story Mark 8/10 Routine superhero story


Action Mark 8/10 some good action scenes but nothing really special


Character Development Mark 9/10 Learn a lot about Steve Rogers becoming Captain America


Romantic Chemistry Mark 4/10 Steve and Peggy’s chemistry is just poor


Special Effects Mark 8/10 A look at future weapons with big effects, nice effects to make Chris Evans looks smaller and hiding his muscles before transformation and good realism on Red Skull


Star Performances Chris Evans shines in a role made for him.


Dominic Cooper plays the Stark role perfectly can see how Tony turned out how he did.


Favourite Character Howard Stark hard role to play after what Robert Downey created in Ironman as his son Ton Stark but this guy is just as mad and full of wise cracking one liners.


Poor Performance Hugo Weaving this guy was Agent Smith in the Matrix and it looked like he never got out of that emotionless persona in a role that need some.


Hayley Atwell she was unconvincing in this role, which seemed key to the story.


Least Favourite Character Peggy dull boring needless


Best Part Red Skull being revealed.


Worst Part There could have been a lot more fight scenes instead of montages.


Best Quote Johann Schmidt ‘ Captain America! How exciting! I’m a great fan of you films!’


Fun Trivia This is Chris Evans sixth comic book adaptation Fantastic Four 1,2, Push, The Loser and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World.


Similar Too – Ironman, X-Men


My Rating 81%

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