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I have to admit, I didn't have high expectations for the Captain America movie. They're tried to adapt it twice before and... well, it was ridiculous. And I'm not just talking about the costume.

So it came as a pleasant surprise that this latest comic book movie is not only better than the previous adaptations of Captain America's story, but is a robust, action-packed thriller in its own right. "Captain America: The First Avenger" has an earnest, idealistic tone mingled sometimes poignant realism -- exactly what it needs to have.

The time: World War II. Scrawny asthmatic Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) desperately wants to defend his country, but he's too puny to enter the army. Dr. Abraham Erskine sees the goodness and courage in Steve's heart, and enlists him in a top-secret experiment to create a super-soldier. Within minutes, Steve has superhuman strength, speed and big shiny muscles. HOORAY!

Unfortunately, the army seems more interested in using the superpowered Captain America as a mascot than a fighter. Are you really surprised? This is the GOVERNMENT we're talking about.

When Steve learns that his best buddy has been captured by the Nazis, he singlehandedly invades an enemy base and rescues dozens of soldiers. But this brings him to the attention of the Nazi super-science division Hydra, and its malevolent leader Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) -- who is the only other man as strong as Captain America.

This summer has had a lot of comic book movies -- some were horribly disappointing ("Green Lantern," "Priest") and some were wonderful ("Thor"). I wasn't entirely sure which kind of movie "Captain America: The First Avenger" would be, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well-written and solidly-plotted it was.

There's also a lot of gritty, smoky action with flying bullets (and shields), fiery explosions, and speeding trains carrying machine-gun robots. But the writers don't neglect the human side of Captain America's story, whether it's his friendship with a fellow soldier or his budding romance with an icy sharpshooter.

My biggest criticism is the MacGuffinness of the subplot MacGuffin, which really doesn't do anything except also be an unnecessary deus ex machina. Really, was there ANY reason for the Odin cube to be in this?

As for the cast, they're uniformly solid. Chris Evans plays Steve as earnest, sweet and loyal, but with iron-clad determination and plenty of courage, and he's backed by excellent performances by Tucci, Tommy Lee Jones and a steely-nerved sharpshooting Hayley Atwell. And Hugo Weaving is AWESOME -- this guy can play a Nazi in a red latex mask, and still come across as insanely scary.

"Captain America: The First Avenger" is a lot like Captain America himself -- robust, action-packed, with a good earnest heart at its core. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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on September 23, 2014
I've resisted jumping into the whole Marvel world but friends and family encouraged me so ... now I'm a huge Captain America fan (I mean, who wouldn't be after this movie) so then IMMEDIATELY watched Winter Soldier and can't wait for the next movie. There will be one, right? We're not going to leave poor Bucky in their dastardly clutches forcing him to forget who he is and to do terrible things that he'll never be able to forgive himself but we know Cap will redeem him and help him through it all...lol, love these characters so much I'm now imagining their future.

If you like nice guys and sincere super heroes with great special effects and an engaging story, you'll like these movies.
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on April 4, 2016
While this film represents a fairly accurate adaptation of the Jack Kirby character and origin, it does take a few liberties (pun intended), which I'll critique below ...

1) THE COSTUME: While it's not much of a detriment to the movie, I don't see why making changes to iconic costumes are done at all. What’s worse is that they insulted the original design by turning into a cheap USO costume with puffy plush wings on the temples. Clearly the filmmakers were going out of their way to make the original costume look silly when they could have easily made it "real" without changing it. Mute the colors if you must, but Cap's shirt is supposed to be chainmail, not spandex. I suspect the real reason for all these changes is to avoid any legal entanglements with Jack Kirby's heirs. That’s why it was done with all the Marvel heroes in the mid-80s Secret Wars.

2) THE ORIGIN: It's pretty faithful, except that instead of Rogers just being skinny, he's now also diminutive in stature. But it’s a small point to make (again, pun intended) and the special effects done to Chris Evans were definitely effective. Tony Stark's father being involved in the experiment was another unnecessary addition, but again it doesn’t detract from the scene too much.

3) THE VILLAIN: Like Dr. Doom in Fox’s Fantastic Four film attempts, the Red Skull also suffers from being tied into the Cap's origin via being a super-soldier as well. This was never the case in the original comics. And in a strange holdover from the terrible 1990 Captain America straight-to-video film, Red Skull also has a head that is actually scarred into a red skull, when in the comics it was just a mask he wore to instill fear in his enemies.

4) THE ACTION: Why is it so hard to depict action in a Captain America film? He's only one of the most exciting, action-packed characters in the Marvel lineup. This film has very little by way of action and showing us what Cap is really capable of, and the ending is so anti-climactic as to be paint-by-numbers boring.

5) HEROES KILLING: Okay this is the worst offender of modern super-hero films and they are all guilty of it. As long as it continues they’ll never earn a five-star rating in my book. In the MCU, Iron Man supposedly gained a conscience when he vowed to stop making weapons of mass destruction … only to put on a wearable weapon and do the killing personally. The Incredible Hulk was said to have murdered a dozen people. Compare that to Bill Bixby's Hulk, who was said not to kill because Banner couldn't kill. You would think that Captain America would be the one to draw the line on this kind of behavior. Just because the government says it’s not illegal to kill during wartime doesn’t invalidate the fact that it is immoral, and you'd think Steve is not the kind of person who would be okay with it. But Evans' Captain America does indeed kill, unnecessarily firing guns, and even sadistically throwing his enemies out of planes without parachutes.

In previous Marvel films, Raimi's Peter Parker deliberately let the burglar who killed Uncle Ben fall to his death out of revenge when his instincts as a good and decent person should have reacted to prevent it. In Fox’s first Fantastic Four film, the team actively seeks to kill Dr. Doom and act all happy when they think they have. And in all the DC films, the heroes are blatant murderers and mass murderers and think nothing of it. So how are any of these heroes fundamentally different from the villains they fight when they employ the same tactics?

I don’t buy the excuse that times are different now, that the world is darker. Not only were most of these classic super-heroes invented during times of war (WWII, Korea, and Vietnam) but they were invented BECAUSE of it--to combat the horrors of war with optimism. Many soldiers have accredited reading comics on the front lines as giving them the strength and hope to come back alive … even to win battles. What do people, any people, have today to inspire them? Everything is emo bleak and depressing, even our entertainment, although thankfully people are starting to tell the agenda-makers that they are sick of it. Look at the negative backlash to Batman v. Superman. This is a good thing; people are demanding hope again.

But of all these new films, Captain America remains the closest to what the classic super-hero is all about. At first, everyone loved Robert Downey Jr.’s smarmy jerk version of Tony Stark … until they saw him alongside Evans’ Steve Rogers. Now Cap is the favored hero in these films and Stark is considered by many to be the villain of Civil War. For this accomplishment alone all Captain America movies deserves a four-star rating. Chris Evans himself has said in interviews that playing Steve has made him a better person. That just goes to show you how easily optimism can spread if we let it. It also proves we all need good role models to look up to.
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By now, everything that anyone can say about this movie has been said. At the time it was released I was going into a "not another Marvel hero" mood. So I passed it up. Then I saw it on television and decided that it would indeed be a movie I would like to watch and enjoy. At present, I am having fun looking for the errors in it and have reached 17. But that only adds to the fun. Watch my favourite musical "The Bandwagon", and while Nanette Fabray is singing 'Louisiana Hayride', watch for the stage hand who wanders on camera. And no one at MGM caught it. But "Captain America", jingoism aside, is essentially a well made film, and has many special effects that are not of simply destroying the set when it tries for an action sequence; that particular device should now be banned from films. And that magic here is one of its best features. So is the cast, the direction, and the superb camera work.
So even those of us who think we are 'too old' for this fun, need to rethink that, and this is about as good a starting point that I can imagine.
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on December 20, 2013
There is an element of irony in the way Captain America feels today. Strong, patriotic, never questioning his beliefs, etc. He is a living caricature of the American Dream, and director Joe Johnston plays it like such for the majority of the movie, but never at the expense of the character or the actor. And this is what makes the movie so good (for me, it is): many characters meet irony in the face when Rogers becomes Captain America. The symbol may lack perspectives, but Rogers is all heart when it comes to battling the Red Skull's army. The time reconstitution is quite astounding, and so are the special effects, all blended for the purpose of bringing the comic book character to cinematic life for the first time (let's not talk about that 1990 Captain America movie, please).

For a fan who expects many special features, Marvel and Paramount have grown quite cheap indeed, for they include just under 60 or 70 minutes of special features, never really going deep into the process of production, following the EPK formula of interviews and what a great time it was, etc. They feel rushed and not even scratching the surface.

Nevertheless, that shouldn't hold you from watching Captain America The First Avenger, for it contains its fair share of fun, action, special effects and all the goodies one may have come to love and enjoy from a Marvel movie.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon December 4, 2013
A young man, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to join the military. Unfortunately this is during World War II and he is deemed to be 4F. He doesn't really want to kill Nazis just thwart bullies. He gets his chance through the efforts of Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci,) who fattens him up a bit through injections and extreme infusions of blue light energy. Now comes the question of how will he use his newfound abilities, for good, for evil, or for frivolity?

Most of us already know the story of Capt. America many of watched programs or read the comics. So we already have a preconception of how this should come about and what he should be doing as the superhero. However I suggest you set those preconceptions aside and watch the movie for what it is. You will find that it is entertaining, fast-paced yet slows down every once in a while so that Steve Rogers can look into Peggy Carter's (Hayley Atwell) eyes and wonder what it would be like if the world was different.

Being a little bit on the cynical side you would almost think that this movie is really an outlet for out of work actors. We see many of our favorites and a few that may become favorites. Tommy Lee Jones looks a little bit like he might've melted in his old age but we still remember him from that fantastic movie "Volcano." Every time I see the bad guy okay the Crimson Skull (Hugo Weaving) I think of "Lord of the Rings." But it's too bad that Stanley Tucci did not get a longer part as he is a very flexible actor. You should really see Stanley in the movie "Undercover Blues."

I only saw the Blu-ray version so I cannot comment on any peculiarities of the other versions. And watching the credits they explained that this is really just the first movie of the series of movies.
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on November 21, 2013
While it is serviceable enough for a single viewing I don't expect to be re-watching this anytime soon. As a stand alone film it manages to do what it set out to do and that is give Captain America an origin from which to launch the Avengers films. Beyond that....not much else.
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on May 17, 2014
My husband and I both really enjoyed this movie, watching the back story on how Steve Rogers became Captain America is an interesting tale. We have also watched a number of other movies starring Chris Evans and this one did not disappoint, he is good in action movies and we liked watching this action movie. Good cliffhanger at the end too.
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on December 11, 2011
I found this movie very entertaining. The special effects were fantastic. And when Chris Evans comes out of the machine bulked up and oiled down I knew I had to own this movie.(Sorry but what a hottie!) I never followed this in the comic books, but I did enjoy it. Check it out.
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on January 16, 2016
This is a great origin story film. It never plods along or is too dull and does a great job developing the character so that we canunderstand why he makes the choices he does. Great start to what is turning out to be some excellent films. Highly recommended.
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