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Summary: Marvel launches another super franchise with this action-packed origin story, which follows Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as he volunteers for a secret experiment during World War II. Transformed into a superhero named Captain America, Steve goes after the Axis. With his perfect physique and heightened reflexes -- and his sidekick, Bucky (Sebastian Stan) -- Steve battles the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), a super soldier created by Italian fascists.
I found The First Avenger boring and too long. Too straight forwards American character. Only good thing was the end, the promise for the future. I was following back in 70's Captain America, but in the comic book Avengers he was not the one I liked the most. And then again Roy Thomas did not write anything about WWII stuff. Hugo Weaving was nice, though I did not fancy he looked like Jim Carry in Mask. Hayley Atwell brought enough steaming sexiness for the story.
For any red-blooded American man between the age of 25 and 60, or those who loved the comic in their youth. The sum of its parts is greater than the whole - Evans, Weaving and TLJ all do very well with little script. Propaganda scenes were fun, but plot is predictable superhero fodder after half-way point. Every war scene is filled with conveniently placed explosions or cliche nick-of-time "good guy arrivals." Effects and visuals are slick, but boring. Feels like a long lead-in to The Avengers.
The concept is excellent. Unfortunately the lead is totally miscast and we are forced to watch some guy with no screen presence deliver poorly written lines. Hugo Weaving is so good you end up cheering for the villain. Could have been a very good film with a more surrealist approach to the battle scenes (a hint of this was shown in the battle scene with the giant tank) as well cutting out the love plot and replacing it with a more nuanced portrayal of US propaganda efforts.
In good movies the script's structure should bring a thrill separate from the narrative. Inception, to take one popular example, does a great job of this. Build a team, explain the world, tiered action payoff. Yes, portions are cliche'd, but the pieces fit together nicely and build upon each other. Even the slow parts have their own momentum. Captain America was this: character development, music montage, action sequence, repeat, repeat. Do you see the difference? Absolutely no tension.
A decent film by its own right. With some good action and acting, Captain America is a good addition to the quality Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. However, Captain America's story isn't all that interesting, though it is vital to The Avengers.
Honestly I thought the best parts of the film were prior to Steve Rogers getting enhanced to a super human. After that it becomes a pretty generic superhero movie and ludicrous looking technology for World War II. I can't deny that Chris Evans makes a great character though, he's humourous, charming and tough all at once.
Main character is unimpressive and not half as interesting as any other character from the avengers. Production, though was very good, very impressive technical effects, accurate portrait of the respective time and amazing costumes.
"Captain America: The First Avenger" is another origin story, but has the advantage of the time period to make it feel different. The patriotism of WWII makes Captain America seem much more heroic than sarcastic. The action is handled, much like it was in 'Ghostbusters', with montages to get you through most of the war with Nazi off-shoot Hydra. Still entertaining, but much too quick. The movie is good, but the bookends make it feel more like a prequel to 'The Avengers' than a movie of its own.
Captain America: The First Avenger is a really solid action film that has big set-pieces, good acting, a solid plot and top-notch special effects. It thankfully doesn't feel like its sole purpose is in setting up The Avengers, which allows it to function as a standalone film. If its lead just felt slightly more vulnerable, it would be incredible, but as it is, it's a great film that can be added to all the other great Marvel films as of late.
The movie was pretty good until the end. Capn's big plan didn't make a lick of sense. "Hey guys, I'll ride my motorcycle into the middle of their camp and then get captured, but they won't kill me. Instead they'll take me to a room with a window that you'll rappel down into and save me in the nick of time before I'm shot, and then we'll assault the base from the inside!" Yeah, Cap, that's not gonna work. Not in the real world. Thanks for comic booking up your shit film.
Bland, as with most of the other pre-Avengers origins stories that have been churned out recently. It's entertaining enough, but doesn't stick with you at all. Direction is competent aside from a few pacing flaws, it's just that the film doesn't really have much substance.
Has a decent WW2 storyline here that surprisingly has Captain America in the marvel "golden age" origin instead of an ultra serious angsty modern era origin. The origins story plays with the inherent camp of the character but sticks close to the comic. On the downside they seemed to let the set designers go crazy with retro-futuristic styling instead of reining them in. The hydra villains and their disco nerf guns look downright goofy instead of menacing. The musical owned and elevates this.