Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America; Chris Evans

Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, adventure, superhero
Running Time: 2 Hours 4 Minutes
Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Chris Evan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Tand Hugo Weaving

“After 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” (United International Pictures).

Verdict: Watchable but forgettable. Besides the great visuals for 2-D viewing, there really isn’t much about the film that stands out from the other recent superhero movies. It seemed to me as though they focused more on the visual effects than on the script. I also thought that Hugo Weaving (Johan Schmidt/Red Skull) underperformed a little here despite showing the masterclass of his accent-acting again.

Favourite scene: It’s actually a scene which can be seen on the trailer embedded above. Personally, I felt that it’s the most brilliant, important and significant scene in the whole film because it clearly justifies why Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is to be the great Captain America. (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) It’s none other than the scene where Steve Rogers covers the fake grenade thrown by Colonel Chester Philips (Tommy Lee Jones). (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

I liked the idea of… showing how ridiculous Captain America would look if the original costume was used all the way. With this, the hardcore fans wouldn’t complain about it. The improvised version is way more appropriate, hands down. However, I didn’t find the make up for Red Skull convincing. His head looks rubber-ish.

Didn’t quite make sense: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) One; why doesn’t any of the Nazis in the movie speak any German? Two; it doesn’t explain why or how Captain America could use the shield as a boomerang. Three; if he manages to survive the crash at the end, why doesn’t he try to get out the aircraft? It doesn’t show that he got knocked out, trapped or anything like that. (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

Post-credit scene: There’s a teaser of The Avengers. The highly anticipated film is scheduled to be released in early May 2012.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Second opinion: “I dunno. Quite boring actually. Probably because I was expecting too much from it” (Iris Loong).

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  1. Belgie

    This is the best movie I've seen this year and, for me, that is big. I've watched The Rise of The Planet of The Apes and the new X-Men movie, but I really liked Captain America. It has a lot of positive messages and different scenes and action parts that keep you interested.

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