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6.92 h 39 min2011X-RayPG-13
After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America.
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Chris EvansHayley AtwellSebastian Stan
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Tommy Lee JonesHugo WeavingDominic CooperRichard ArmitageStanley TucciSamuel L. JacksonToby JonesNeal McDonoughDerek LukeKenneth ChoiJJ FeildBruno Ricci
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
This scene sparked my interest because I feel like it became a turning point for the audience to ...
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Marvel is a comic publisher that has enthusiastic fans and respect for their creations. The comic book logo beginning that flashes across the screen of every Marvel masterpiece initiates a sensation of excitement and suspense among the audience due to their reputation of stellar superhero films. Captain America: The First Avenger was directed by Joe Johnston. A man known for his interest and expertise in special effects and fantasy department, making him the ideal candidate for this superhero film. Throughout the film, Captain America: The First Avenger, Joe Johnston was the captain of incorporating symbols of color within characters and settings.
Captain America: The First Avenger begins with a very mysterious and cold glacier setting with very dark lighting and unrevealed characters. The music by Alan Silvestri is very intense, suspenseful, and mystifying. The setting is quickly represented in 1942, the time of World War Two, when Captain America is introduced during the enlisting process. An enlistee announces, “Boy a lot of guys getting killed over there. Kinda makes you think twice about enlisting, huh?” Steve Rogers, later identified as Captain America, replies with a firm “Nope.” Steve Rogers is portrayed as a scrawny, driven, and desperate man who wants nothing more than to serve his country. Doctor Abraham Erskine is introduced into the movie by being intrigued by Steve Rogers’ intensified eager to join the army. Also, at this time in the movie, Stark industries is thrown into the mix when Tony Starks father, Howard Stark, speaks about a flying car and his new technology he is inventing. This uniquely foreshadows that Doctor Abraham Erskine, Steve Rogers, and Howard Stark will eventually be together again in another situation of experimentation when Steve Rogers is transformed into Captain America. When Captain America is transformed in the lab, he brings to life the American red, white and blue uniform that becomes his icon. His iconic outfit purposely stands out from the other soldiers because he has become their respected leader, their captain. As the scenes shuffle, we eventually come face-to-face with the lair of Nazi officer Johann Schmidt. His cold, dark, uninviting, yet modern room incorporates mainly dark colors with seamless highlights of fluorescent blue. The hints of fluorescent blue generate the connection to the Tesseract and how it has the power connect to the out of the world forces that exist. This is tied with Schmidt because he desperate searches for greater power and does this through rage. Joe Johnston used this technique to hint to the audience about Schmidt use of the Tesseract as an alternative power source and how the Tesseract drives Schmidt’s evil mentality. Schmidt reveals his true face for the first time when Captain America invades the Hydra site. He throws his fake human skin face into the fire below to show that the war between Captain America and him has begun and he is officially ready to fight. Schmidt’s true boiling red face explains the constant rage that is exemplified through his want for greater power. The music at the end of the film proves to be accurate to the audiences and the character’s emotions during the scene. Alan Silvestri incorporated slow, intense, and heroic music while Captain America drove the plane into the water. This exemplified the intensity of the sacrifice he made. Then, it almost immediately switched to cheers to reassure the audience that the Captain did the heroic job of ending the war and truly saving all Americans.

Joe Johnston uses symbols throughout the film in a simple way. He does this by zooming in and drawing attention for the sole purpose of forcing the audience to notice and remember the symbol for a reason. The first symbol is shown to the audience during Joe Johnston’s technique of a flash-forward scene as the first scene of the movie. The audience is presented with Captain America’s red, white, and blue shield cemented underneath the ice. This initiates the audience’s thoughts that this movie revolves around American values and gives the suspenseful feeling of what could’ve occurred that lead to the hero’s symbol being inaccessible. The following symbol that the camera zooms up on is the octopus as the emblem on the front of the car that shows the obvious enemy side: Hydra. The last main symbol of importance that immediately comes to the audience’s attention is the Tesseract; the fluorescent, blue, and glowing cube that connects to extraterrestrial life. It is clearly depicted as a instance of importance because it was introduced with high interest from the villain character, Johann Schmidt, and was secretly hidden in the dark and dusty tomb.

One main genre that was incorporated throughout the entire film was romance. The primary aspect of romance was between Steve Rogers and Agent Carter. Agent Carter was introduced as division supervisor and was consistently intrigued and impressed by Steve Rogers heroic qualities. Agent Carter never failed to have a glimpse of red on her at all times portraying her aspects of intimacy and female sexuality. Along with Agent Carter’s constant quality of red, she also has the typical outfit of red, white, and blue which tied her and Captain America together throughout the whole movie. Another genre that was illustrated was science fiction. The clips involving the Tesseract incorporate large amounts of science fiction because of its computer-generated qualities and capabilities. A majority of the weapons and soldiers that were under control of Johann Schmidt portray science fiction because they are futuristic and utilize the Tesseract as a power source. The genre of action is constantly displayed during battles between Captain America and the army against Hydra. This constant fight continues until it is finalized with a fight between Captain America and Johann Schmidt. The action on the American side is less advanced compared to Hydra due to the time period and lack of intelligence with futuristic materials versus Hydra has the brain of Schmidt’s extreme scientist that allowed Hydra to take their weapons quality and quantity to the next level making the fight harder to achieve for the Americans, but not impossible. The last, most important genre that was depicted in the film was the comic genre. The film’s comic qualities constantly make an appearance through the hero, villain, and storyline. The typical comic book plot shows through by having a hero that was introduced from the start and slowly found his duty to the world. Eventually, the hero developed an arch-nemesis to battle against until the end when the hero is forced to make a drastic sacrifice that gives him the ultimate hero reputation.

Captain America: The First Avenger was a film created as an idealistic hero movie. Joe Johnston effectively incorporated different settings, lighting, special effects, and genres in order to give this film the spark it needed to be rated as a successful superhero movie. As a viewer in the audience, I believe Johnston worked hard to integrate scenes that truly depicted Steve Roger’s mental dedication to saving lives. In my opinion, the most crucial scene, was when the commanding officer of Roger’s division threw a grenade at the men to test their response and while every man ran away for their safety, Rogers ran and jumped on top of the grenade to sacrifice himself. This scene sparked my interest because I feel like it became a turning point for the audience to notice that Rogers was the clear candidate to be Captain America: America’s fighting hero. This scene goes to show that there are many undiscovered individuals out there that are willing to put forth the effort that is required in order to contribute to the greater good of society.
Richard De AngelisReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Captain America: The First Avenger could not have possibly been more pro-American--in the best sense of the term. More than just being set during World War II, the film captures the same patriotic spirit of war movies that were actually made then. And it could not possibly show greater respect for the character whose story it tells. In some ways, it seemed less like a superhero movie than a History Channel bio pic or Ken Burns documentary about one of our nation's greatest champions of freedom.

The primary source of the good will this movie generates for the U.S.A. is actor Chris Evans' portrayal of Steve Rogers, the man behind the mask of Captain America. Evans' performance had the exact combination of earnestness, determination, humility, guilelessness and unfaltering commitment to serving the greater good that I consider the defining traits of the character. It's these attributes, and not the superheroic persona and outfit he eventually adopts, that make him a perfect embodiment of how Americans, and the rest of the world, once saw this country. As Evans said in an interview, "The movie is about values, morals, and someone standing up for the right thing. It's about someone fighting for justice who puts himself last and compassion first." Once Steve Rogers is transformed from 98-lb. weakling to super-soldier by Dr. Abraham Erskine (wonderfully played by Stanley Tucci), as Captain America he uses his military might less like the world's policeman than its big brother, coming to the rescue when other nations are getting pushed around by Bully States. And like a good neighbor, he never butts in where he isn't invited or overstays his welcome.

As I see it, Captain America: The First Avenger is nothing short of a nostalgic love letter to our country: not so much the way it is, or even the way it was, as much as the way we've always wanted it to be. It celebrates everything good about America--from its desire to spread democracy to its scientific innovation--but ignores everything bad, like the racial segregation of the military or internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II (even though it includes African-American Gabe Jones (Derek Luke) and Japanese-American Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi) among the Howling Commandos who join Captain America in his wartime escapades). But given the nature of this film, I don't fault it for praising America's achievements so highly, or for ignoring our misdeeds during WWII. Ironically (and unexpectedly), my only major criticism of the movie is that it ignores the misdeeds of our enemy.

Captain America is defined as much by what he stands against as what he stands for. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created him more than 70 years ago in response to the specific circumstances of their times. There's a reason they chose Adolf Hitler to be on the receiving end of their character's first blow for democracy on the 1941 cover of Captain America #1 (I was thrilled to see this [[ASIN:B00B9JCFKO iconic cover]] cleverly incorporated into the movie). The Third Reich and Nazi Party carried out evils unlike any the world had ever seen. As Jews, Simon and Kirby would have a very personal stake in showing Captain America symbolically destroy Hitler's forces in the pages of a comic book that at its height was selling a million copies a month. It would be inconceivable to make a movie about Captain America's earliest adventures, or any movie about World War II for that matter, without the Nazi's playing a prominent part. And yet, director Joe Johnston pulled it off--for reasons I can't begin to understand.

The evil empire Johnston pits Captain America against is Hydra, a fictional terrorist network in the Marvel Comics universe. This is no doubt to set the organization up as a recurring adversary in future Marvel Studios films. Here it's described as a Nazi research group that combined occult powers and advanced technology to create wonder weapons for Hitler's stormtroopers. What I found disturbing was that the Nazi part of the organization was downplayed to the point of virtual invisibility. Although Hydra's tentacled skull symbol got about as much screen time as the stars and stripes, I don't recall ever seeing a swastika (although I'm sure the few that must have appeared in the movie just went by so fast I missed them*). I might understand, at least theoretically, choosing to minimize references to Germany out of a sensitivity to present-day Germans (although, as Dr. Erskine points out in the film, "the first country the Nazi's invaded was their own"). But whose feelings could the filmmakers have been trying to spare by taking Nazis out of the picture? Even more incredible than the lack of swastikas in the movie, was the total absence of any mention of the Holocaust (as far as I can remember, it wasn't even hinted at). Besides being a seemingly misguided attempt to sanitize history, it also diminishes the importance of Captain America's conflict with the film's main villain.

Hydra's leader is the Red Skull (played menacingly by Hugo Weaving), a character who debuted in the same 1941 comic book as Captain America and has been the arch nemesis of the "Sentinel of Liberty" ever since. The Red Skull is the living embodiment of everything Hitler and Nazi Germany stood for--Aryan superiority, racism, antisemitism, homophobia and blind obedience to the State to name a few. The Third Reich personified, he excels at and revels in the practical application of Nazi theory--unprovoked military aggression, torture, political repression and mass murder. But in the movie, the Red Skull abandons Nazism for a more vague, generic super villain desire to rule the world. The problem I have with this is that he never explains why this is his goal, or how a world under his control would differ from the one he's already living in. To put it in actor terms, I don't understand his motivation. It's clear that he is cruel and arrogant, which makes him Steve Roger's opposite in terms of his basic character. But in comic books, the Red Skull was created to be Captain America's opposite.

Based on their depiction of Steve Rogers' pre-Captain America training, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were obviously influenced by [[ASIN:0871358115 The Adventures of Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty]], a 1991 four-part miniseries by storytellers Fabian Nicieza and Kevin Maguire, retelling Cap's origin in commemoration of the character's 50th anniversary. Unfortunately, I get the impression Markus and McFeely never read the last book in the series, where a captured Captain America is taken to the heart of Nazi Germany and forced into an arena to battle the Red Skull in ritual combat before Adolf Hitler and an audience of Wehrmacht soldiers, Gestapo officers, and concentration camp prisoners (who were so conspicuously absent from the film). Of course, this intended demonstration of Aryan superiority does not turn out as Hitler had hoped. Now that's something I would have loved to have seen on the big screen.

By removing any trace of Nazi philosophy from the Red Skull in this film, his final battle with Captain America becomes nothing more than two comic book characters slugging it out. Instead, it should have been an allegorical clash of ideologies: totalitarianism, intolerance and brutality versus freedom, acceptance and compassion. This is not just a war over territory but an epic war of wills that has been waged since the dawn of civilization--the Will to Power versus the Will of the People. For me, the failure to make clear the moral high ground in this fight kept a merely good movie from being truly great.

* A case in point: In a movie poster for the film that recreated the cover of [[ASIN:B00B9JCFKO Captain America #1]], the swastika band that was originally on Hitler's right arm was moved to his left, thereby hiding the Nazi symbol from view.
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JimDandie98Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I have seen all the American iterations of Captain America, 1943, 1979, 1990 and 2011 and this is my favorite. (There was a Turkish movie but it was never released in English.) The reason it is my favorite is not the wonderful cinematography, the great costumes, and the exciting special effects but because it is the full origins story (with a few minutes to bring it up to modern times.) The 90 movie has about a fifth of the movie dedicated to the origin, the 79 movie gives it a mention and it is a more contemporary story, and the 1943 serial has no origin story.
The period costumes are quite accurate and Captain America appears in the comic strip outfit for a little while before he goes full combat mode. The cinematography is quite good and the CGI backgrounds are very realistic. The special effects are exciting and the battle scenes with HYDRA face paced. If you want it for its tie to the Avengers it brings you up to date and sets the stage for more. If you just want a Captain America story this is great.
LionorsReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is to the Fourth of July what It's A Wonderful Life is to Christmas - and it gets watched every year.
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It's a good thing I don't mind eating crow, because I ate a cornfield of them AND had my foot surgically removed from my mouth after I first saw this film. It's hard for me to believe that I first watched this film under duress. I first saw Cap in the comics during the first Civil War. Even though I'd never been an action comic fan before, he won me over completely.

However, when I heard they'd cast Chris Evans, I was outraged. At that time in comics, the push was to turn all the good guys into smart-aleck-y jerks, and while I'd liked Evans in the Fantastic Four (his performance was really the only thing worth watching in either movie, tbh), he wasn't built like Cap and I was convinced Marvel was going to remake Cap into a swaggering Johnny Storm clone. (Mind you, it worked great for Johnny Storm, but Johnny Storm is NOT Cap.)

Now, years later, I can't think of anyone else who could ever fill Evans' shoes as Steve Rogers or as Captain America. He's THAT kind of iconic. Marvel's done incredibly well with its casting overall, particularly with RDJ as Tony Stark, but to me, Evans went one better, simply because Steve is SUCH a difficult character to get just right. Evans captures that blend of earnestness, dedication and heart perfectly and never goes over the edge of being a goody-two-shoes or holier than thou. He's Captain America, but what always shines through is that little guy from Brooklyn who never ran from a fight.

I was further gobsmacked when I got a chance to watch the extended version of the movie and saw some of the behind the scenes. It never occurred to me just HOW much I had bought into the transformation without questioning it until I saw the actual footage of full-size Evans doing all the skinny Steve action -- floundering on push-ups, staggering in the alley, the body language and his so-palpable frustration and guilt at not being able to go. Yes, the CGI is beyond noteworthy, but it was the acting beneath that sold it. All the CGI in the world wouldn't have sold skinny Steve if the acting hadn't matched it.

As if that weren't enough, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter is absolutely luminous. In anyone else's hands, I think Peggy Carter would have been a typical love interest. Not with Atwell. Carter is one of the best depictions of a strong female I can think of in any action movie. She's not strong simply because she can punch people and she's a great shot. She's got courage to match Steve's, belief that won't break, and she never surrenders an inch of her femininity in doing so. I loved the One-Shot they did with her and was so glad they spun it off into her own series (and I'm still sorry they didn't go for season 3!) I was equally glad to see Dominic Cooper return there as Howard Stark - I love me some Howard.

There simply wasn't a character I didn't like in this, from Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes, to Toby Jones' perfect depiction of Doctor Zola, to Tommy Lee Jones' crusty Colonel Phillips, to Stanley Tucci's paternal Dr. Erskine. Even Senator Brandt's glad-handing and unscrupulousness in creating Captain America in the first place worked. If there was any weakness at all, it was *possibly* Hugo Weaving's Red Skull -- but admittedly, even in the comics, the Skull is usually a pretty over-the-top villain. One thing Weaving *did* capture well was the Skull's megalomania and jealousy that he, the genius, had been forced to take the guise of a monster while a nobody American from Brooklyn became the ubermensch ideal of Aryan perfection instead.

I know some people have complained because parts of it toward the end seem cheesy, but to me, it's a beautiful homage by Johnston to the war films of the 40s. I love the faint sepia tone, too, especially in contrast with the sharply colored and focused end.

And, I'll admit it: I cried twice during this movie, and I never, ever cry. Even as many times as I've now seen it, I still sniffle.

If I have any criticisms, it's that I wish they'd kept the deleted ending instead of the one they chose (Steve has some more to say and it's a masterwork of Nick Fury manipulating Steve in just a sentence or two) and I wish they'd made it clear that Steve had no option other than to do what he did. I've seen the novelization of this, and without giving away spoilers, the novelization both makes it clear that Schmidt jimmies the autopilot so the plane can *only* be diverted off course by someone of Steve's strength, and it has Steve explain this to Peggy as well. If you watch closely, you can see Schmidt breaking off a certain switch, but it's easy to miss. It's a bit annoying because I've seen countless people complain that Steve didn't look for options -- but in fact, there were no options other than the one he had, and people are too quick to forget that sacrifice is not only a part of war...it's pretty much what you'd expect out of a super soldier.

I would recommend getting the Blu-Ray or at least the extended version so you can see just how utterly amazing the transformation really is. I'm still sick this didn't get nominated for something. After all, when it's *so* good we don't question it -- that's when it's truly noteworthy.

Buy it, watch it, love it. You won't regret it.
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Reconnecting To My ChildhoodReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Two Words: Hayley Atwell
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This is the best comic book movie to be released this summer. That is what it is, a comic book movie. It does not surpass that level but nobody ever said it had to. While not a Spider-man 2 or Dark Knight it fits in well as a first entry in an inevitable series. Perhaps not the fun, turn the formula on its head, film that Iron Man was, it is still an excellent comic book film that manages to have developed characters and a story actually propelled by plot rather than CG sequences (I'm looking at you Transformers 2 and 3). Still, even with all its positive attributes the film might've been largely a one time viewing for me, that is, if it hadn't been for Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter.

My personal, and largest, issue with comic book movies has been their seeming inability to cast memorable and talented women in the leading lady spot. While the leading lady role has frequently been nothing more than a damsel in distress (other than perhaps in team up movies such as X-men), something unfortunately true even of Nolan's gritty Dark Knight films, here we find that is not the case. Peggy Carter is a female character who stands out amongst the many comic book movie female characters. She is strong willed, independent, can handle herself, never asks for help, doesn't take any crap and does it all in a period where women were undeniably treated as less than men. She does all these things yet she can still walk into a bar in the middle of the film wearing a red dress that leaves everyone at a loss for words.

Even better than Peggy Carter's character, and the reason I named the actress rather than the character in my review title, was the casting of Hayley Atwell in the role. The character could have become something much different without a capable actress to play the balance of tough yet feminine. Worse it could have been filled by some less capable big name actress for box office draw. For years in comic book movies I have either dreaded or at best barely stomached the casting of female leading roles.

Kirsten Dunst had her moments in the Spidey films but then would come the time when she had to be kidnapped and scream and holler for help, she also always needed a man in her life, if not Peter then another stand in to take his place. Batman Begins casting of Katie Holmes always seemed strange to me, why in a film full of lower status but credible actors would Nolan cast a more household name with much less credibility? Whatever the reason, she played the part but it is not the role anyone remembers from that film. The same goes for the sequel, in which I had high hopes Maggie Gyllenhaal would make welcome changes to the previously pitchy character, unfortunately I dare say that Rachel Dawes only became more helpless and became the one negative to be found in The Dark Knight.

More recently I was disappointed to find Gwenyth and Natalie both playing supposed strong women but one (Pepper Potts) who is subordinate to a man who treats her badly and still needs to be saved in the end and the other (Jane Foster) fairly shallow and school girlish overall.

While Jane only likes Thor at first because of his muscles, Peggy meets Steve Rogers/The Cap when he is a ninety pound weakling. We see her first tinge of interest in him when he is still this small, all based on his philosophies on fighting and dating. It is this established connection before he becomes a perfect male specimen that cements the story and keeps us truly engaged. Peggy and Steve truly bring out the best in eachother and actually share a common bond of struggling to break free from their respective stereotypes that allows the audience to believe in their relationship, one that is actually formed out of friendship first. The film is great and a wonderful starting point for a series, the ending is unique if only a plot device required for the Avengers tie in and I truly can't wait to see where they take Captain America in his sequel. He has by the end of the film, especially thanks to Peggy Carter, become quite a different hero with quite a different chip on his shoulders than any we have yet to see.

So I have wondered why comic book movies don't cast relatively unknown actresses to play these parts and allow them to really create a character. Finally Captain America has done just that with the lovely Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter and I hope we see much more of it in future comic book films. The saddest part of Captain America and perhaps the thing that compells me to want to see it again Repeated times is that based on the ending it is very unlikely we will see the fantastic Peggy Carter/Hayley Atwell in all her glory in any of the sequels. They have some big shoes to fill when they inevitably try to create a Sharon Carter character, let's hope they take cues from however it was that they came to choose Hayley.

**By the way, I would like it if Hayley or someone like her played Wonder Woman for DC, brits are already playing supes and batman might as well fill in the big three with a third, and let's not only have a more obscure actress with talent but one who can fill out the costume properly, no stick thing actresses such as when people were rallying for Megan Fox to play WW.
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Cynthia McBroomReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2022
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This was a gift and one of his favorites.
joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A great war movie that sets the stage for most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
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If you ever wanted to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies in any kind of order you would start with Captain America The First Avenger. Not only is it chronologically the first as it takes place in the 1940s during World War II, but it sets up much of the background to the current series of films. That includes Hydra, Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, Nick Fury, SHIELD, Doctor Zola, and the Tesseract that contains an Infinity Stone although that’s not revealed until several movies later.

Things start in the present day when SHIELD find a World War II plane frozen in the ice that includes the body of Captain America. Things then flick back to 1942 where the Red Skull, who heads the Nazi organization Hydra, invades a small town in Norway looking for the Tesseract that holds unknown power. Things then shift to America where a very scrawny Steve Rogers wants to enlist in the Army but is constantly rejected because of his small stature and poor health. His best friend Bucky Barnes on the other hand is about to ship out to fight in Europe. While the two are together they watch a presentation by Howard Stark who is showing off some of his new inventions.

Each of the Captain America movies has a general theme. The Winter Soldier for example was a spy thriller. The First Avengers is a war movie that dabbles in the philosophical as well about what constitutes a just war. That’s been a debate that many societies have struggled with over the centuries. According to Rogers he’s willing to fight not because he condones killing, but because he doesn’t like bullies. Standing up for the oppressed against their oppressors, in this case Nazi Germany, underpins the film.

As stated before The First Avenger is crucial for the MCU. Not only did it introduce Captain America who would be a leader in the following movies like the Avengers, but many other characters and events would play out as well. You have Peggy Carter who becomes not only Rogers’ love interest and is seen in later films, but was one of the founders of SHIELD as well. She had her own short lived TV series that was a spinoff of the film. Carter’s niece Sharon is in later Marvel films and has a relationship with Rogers as well. The Red Skull was Cap’s ultimate adversary in the comics, but also appeared in Avengers Infinity War and Endgame as a ghost protecting one of the Infinity Stones. He created Hydra which eventually took over SHIELD as shown in The Winter Soldier and in the TV show Agents of SHIELD. Dr. Zola would be in Winter Soldier as well revealing Hydra’s plot. Bucky Barnes became the Winter Soldier and was in the following movies. Howard Stark started Stark Industries, helped found SHIELD, was the father of Tony Stark/Iron Man, and was featured in the Peggy Carter TV show and appeared in some of the later films like Ant Man. The Tesseract included an Infinity Stone that would be important in the first Avengers’ film and the subsequent ones as well. Captain America’s shield is made out of vibranium, which comes from Wakanda the home of the Black Panther. Finally, Nick Fury and SHIELD continues to be the character and organization that ties together all of the heroes in the MCU.

Overall, the First Avenger is a great film. You get the origins of Captain America, you get all kinds of history for what happens in later MCU films, you get the action from the war scenes. and Chris Evans was a great choice for Steve Rogers. He plays the character perfectly without being self-righteous or cheesy.
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Tony S.Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Captain America: The First Avenger review; it's a great superhero film
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Captain America is one of the most beloved Marvel Superheros ever. It's kind of sad that it took this long to get his own movie considering what he represents. The character of Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, is an interesting one. He is small, puny and wants nothing more than to be a soldier in the U.S. Military. When a doctor creates a serum to help him become physically superior soldier, that's when all the fun happens. Let's go!

What I liked about the movie:
The Cast

The cast, both starring and supporting, were very impressive in this movie. I didn't know how to feel about Chris Evans as Captain America. I always thought he was a good actor for genre films, but didn't know if he could command attention as a superhero. Rest assured, he's great! In the first act, pre-serum injections, his acting ability really comes through. The audience will feel sympathy for the kid from Brooklyn who wants nothing more than to serve his country. Evans shows us that Steve Rogers was a good MAN, way before he was a good superhero. Nicely Done!

The supporting cast was very awesome! Hugo Weaving as the main villain, Red Skull, was great. Even the cheesy accent was ok with me. Weaving has the voice, arrogance and presence needed to play the villain. I enjoyed his work very much. Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter was a delight on screen, not the usual damsel in distress. Tommy Lee Jones plays a perfect Colonel in the Military, he is compassionate enough for us to care about him, but stern enough to lead in a war. Stanley Tucci... is there anything Tucci can't do?! He's awesome as the Doctor who invents the serum for Steve Rogers. Sebastian Stan plays Bucky, Steve Rogers best friend, nicely done by the young actor.

The Setting

The movie mostly takes place during World War II. The production design team does such an amazing job with the set pieces, the costumes, etc. What's also impressive is the lighting, and camera work. Shelly Johnson used just the right lighting that gave the movie an older feel without overdoing it. It was nice to see a superhero film that wasn't in modern day times.

The Story / Writing

Simple, easy to follow and exciting. Hugo Weaving's character believes in "magic" which was stolen from Odin's vault. It is the Cosmic Cube which has been referenced in the Marvel Universe of films. It has a great deal of power and, if harnessed correctly, could destroy every major city in the world. Captain America and company must stop Red Skull from doing so. The writing is clever and I never rolled my eyes at any horrible dialogue. The writers were clever and even made fun of the Captain America suit before we could as an audience. I love when writers acknowledge things like that without making it obvious!

What I liked and didn't like about the film:
The Director

Joe Johnston has done a lot of work in Hollywood. He made a great name for himself with popular films like Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, October Sky and Jurassic Park III. I think he's a good storyteller, but there are aspects of his films that just don't click. His movies always look great, he can always get a terrific cast to work with him, and the stories are usually pretty enticing. I will tell you this, this movie is MUCH better than the atrocious The Wolfman from a few years ago. Most of the things I enjoyed in the film are because of him. As are the things I didn't enjoy.

What I didn't like about the film:
The Action

It's too bad, this is an action film and the action is silly. There are multiple action scenes with hundreds of henchmen at war with our Military. Henchmen and soldiers alike are being killed so often, we don't feel any real loss. I've said it before and I'll say it again, action should only compliment the story, not take it over. The final action sequence was impressive though with many intricate camera shots. Didn't totally leave a sour taste in my mouth.

The Score

I feel I pay very close attention to film scores. I can tell you which ones work and which ones don't in my opinion. The average movie going public probably doesn't even care, but I do! It didn't evoke emotion, it didn't make me care and I never felt like I was pulled into 100%. The score should have been big, uplifting even. This is Captain America damn it! He's viewed as the leader of The Avengers and the score should have matched.

The Verdict:
Liked it very much

I enjoyed the movie very much. I know I listed a few things I didn't like, but they weren't deal breakers. It was great to see a modern day superhero in the past. We grow with the character, figuratively and literally. Steve Rogers is a good man who just lacked the physical stature to do great things. He stood up for those who are bullied and did what was right. I can't wait for The Avengers next year, it will be another chance to see Captain America in action!
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