Film #209: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Captain America: The First Avenger
4 out of 5 stars
Needed to revisit this one again for a project I’m working on. A thoroughly enjoyable super hero film which, unlike a lot of the other recent films of its ilk, has a lot more on its mind than “Biff Bam Boom!” The story is told in an engaging manner that instantly involves the viewer and lures him in. Set in the 1940s and World War II, the story revolves around skinny soldier wannabe, Steve Rogers, who volunteers for a super secret soldier program being developed by the military. There’s a lot of mumbo-jumbo about Adolph Hitler and the Nazis, but the real villain here is Red Skull (played with suitable menace and terrific Special FX by Hugo Weaving). Once Rogers becomes Cap, he quickly embraces his role as media hero (at first) and badass (later). While there is an undercurrent in the film that it is, on some level, all setup for the eventual Avengers film, there is still a very solid and quite enjoyable film here. One part super hero jaunt. One part Saturday matinee serial. CAPTAIN AMERICA is in many ways superior to, say… THE HULK, THOR and IRON MAN films. It moves better, has less down-time, and delivers a much more satisfying resolution. Highly recommended for all ages.