"Captain America: The
and Adaptation. Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 5 minutes.
by Jay Maidment/Marvel Studios
Evans as Steve Rogers and Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
in Marvel Studios' Captain America: The First Avenger
Chris Evans takes the
Super Soldier serum and becomes Captain America, the first Avenger.
Marvel seems to have the formula down for a successful fun summer
movie. The first Marvel Studios production, “Iron Man,”
took some chances, but was likely the best movie to come out of
the comic giant’s new film production studio. The last few
films, “Thor,” “Iron Man 2,” and now “Captain
America” seem to take less chances cinematically and story-wise.
But that is okay because the end result is still a fun action
film with good character development that does not take itself
too seriously (see the “Transformers” franchise for
movies that at times take themselves WAY too seriously).
Chris Evans is rarely the main man. He always pops up as a fun-loving
supporting character in pretty much every movie he’s ever
been in, like the “Fantastic Four” movies, where he
played the Human Torch. He really shows his range as Steve Rogers
here, both before and after his transformation. He is a very easy
character to root for throughout the film.
The rest of the cast is solid as well. Nice supporting efforts
from Tommy Lee Jones and Hayley Atwell. My favorite supporting
performances have to be Hugo Weaving and Dominic Cooper though.
Weaving plays the Red Skull, Cap’s arch nemesis in the comics.
Weaving has shown over the years that he is great at playing the
over-the-top villain, and this is no exception. I also loved Cooper’s
version of a young Howard Stark, who is of course, the father
of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Everything that audiences love about
the Tony Stark character portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. is present
My one and only complaint about the film, and this happens in
a lot of films, is that the German characters don’t speak
German. Thanks to “Inglourious Basterds” we know that
it is better to just use subtitles, and it makes a lot more sense.
If someone from Germany is talking to another German, then they
are most likely speaking German, not English with a bad accent.
But this is nitpicking, because again, a lot of movies do this.
If you have enjoyed the recent Marvel efforts like the “Iron
Man” franchise and “Thor,” then you will love
“Captain America.” And make sure to stay through the
end of the credits!
credit: Paramount Pictures
America: The First Avenger movie poster