Captain America: The First Avenger - Movie Review

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger - Movie Review

Captain America: The First Avenger might be one of the most important installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it comes to origin stories. However, in comparison with the Marvel movies made within the same universe, it isn’t the best.

It’s unapologetically corny, and the action sequences aren’t the best for a superhero movie. This movie is considered to be a combination of Raiders of the Lost Ark’s action vibe, Pearl Harbor’s extensive platitude, and star-filled cast. Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, and Sebastian Stan really do go above and beyond to make this an enjoyable watch.

The story opens with a 90-pound weakling, being stomped over by anyone who outweighs him. However, he’s got more altruistic tendencies in his little finger than anyone else, which has made him the obvious candidate for an experimental drug meant to give soldiers super strength.

He undergoes the trial and comes out as a mouth-watering ball of muscles; Captain America is finally born. The following sequences depict Captain America becoming a national phenomenon, traveling all over military bases to motivate the troops.

While that is going on, Nazis are also working on their own superhuman drug. So far, there isn’t much CGI. That is until Steve's best friend (Bucky) is kidnapped by the other side. Captain America then goes on a suicide mission to save him.

Joe Johnston, the director utilizes a style close to that which he developed for the movie adaptation of comics of The Rocketeer. Despite different identities and storylines, the films are peas in a pod.

Avid fans of the comic book would definitely enjoy Captain America the movie. It depicts the spiraling origin elements of the origin story in a readily digestible manner. Fans that don't read comics might lose interest.

In Captain America, there's not much significance worthy of affection or mockery. That being said, it is a skillful, easy yarn that is meant to jumpstart Marvel's 20+ superhero movies.

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