Friday, July 22, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger - Review

A Wonderful Action and Adventure Film

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) just can't seem to get the military to take him in as a recruit. He's small, frail, sickly, but refuses to give up. He doesn't think that it's fair that someone should be told they can't help their country, or others, in their time of need. All seems lost. That is until Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) sees him and picks him as his number one cannidate for the super soldier program. With Rogers' transformation underway, a new threat reveals itself to the world -- HYDRA. A super science section of the Nazi movement that has its own plans for world domination, with or without Hitler. But HYDRA didn't count on the star-spangled man stepping into WWII.

Directed by Joe Johnston and released by Marvel Studios, Captain America: The First Avenger might be one of the greatest comic book movies I've ever seen. If not, it's at least one of the best movies I've seen this year. The entire film has a classic Indiana Jones feel, and it's well paced, beautifully shot, and has some great tender and hilarious moments. As an adaptation it's pretty close to the source material, but it wasn't afraid to do its own thing. One of the real shining gems in the movie is Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones), who got arguably some of the best lines in the film.

One of the very classic Jones style traits that it implements is the cliche-turn. It takes a cliche situation and turns it on its head to both celebrate and poke fun at it, much like Raiders of the Lost Ark did when Dr. Jones shot the guy with the sword after the long fight sequence.

Another wonderful aspect of this movie is that it's taken the idea of the serialized comic book and added the element of "continued in this story!" Marvel Studios has done the right thing by connecting all of their characters and building a larger universe. While you haven't had to have seen any of the Iron Man movies or Thor, it certainly does add another level of depth to it.

And I was proud to say that everyone cheered after the credits when they played the trailer for The Avengers.

If you're looking for a really fun summer movie in the vein of the classic action and adventure films, then Captain America: The First Avenger is right up your alley.

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