Movie Review – Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First AvengerAfter being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals.

Director: Joe Johnston
Writers: Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay)
Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving

Back in 1941, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created a comic book for Marvel Comics which became one of the first American comic books intended as an explicit work of patriotic and political propaganda. The cover of the first edition was even famously depicted as Cap punching out Adolf Hitler.

Fast forward to present day and we are greeted with Captain America: The First Avenger as one of our summer blockbusters, and if we go by some of our more recent comic book adaptations (Thor and Green Lantern), we all pretty much expected this one to be somewhat lackluster as the other were. I am glad to report that I was expecting more out of Captain America: The First Avenger, and I was pleasantly surprised to have gotten it.

Coming in at nearly two hours, there was a huge story to tell and much of the backstory was handled very effectively. Of course, more detail could have been placed in these earlier sequences, but overall, the story was told quite well and found a nice balance between telling the story and delivering an action-packed film.

As far as acting goes, Chris Evans did a fine job depicting the American hero and his love interest, Peggy, played by the beautiful Hayley Atwell was a solid counterpart to Captain America. Another standout role was Tommy Lee Jones as the colonel.

The action sequences were stellar and the film really did not miss a beat the entire way. If I was to nitpick and complain about something it would be how the opening ruined the ending. I am not really a fan of that type of storytelling, but that is really a small complaint.

My fears of the film only being a starting point for the upcoming The Avengers’ film were misplaced as this film was first and foremost a Captain America film without a doubt. If this one does not get you even more juiced the The Avengers, then I do not know what will.

  • I do think that we still have the best ahead of us. I am super excited for both of them as well.

  • Great review! Totally agree with everything you said. The action was great, and the acting was on point. I really didn’t think about it, but since you mentioned not liking the opening, I have to agree. It does kind of ruin it if you think about it. Oh well, I am now super ready for the Avengers! Can they just play the movie already? And the Dark Knight as well. Like back to back! I don’t know if I could handle that lol!