Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – 6/10 World War II superhero fantasy action movie review

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Cast / crew
Director: Joe Johnston
Screenplay Writer: Christopher Markus
Screenplay Writer: Stephen McFeely
Chris Evans: Captain Steve “America” Rogers
Hayley Atwell: Peggy Carter
Tommy Lee Jones: Colonel Phillips
Hugo Weaving: Johann Schmidt / Red Skull
Producer: Kevin Feige

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Steve Rogers has the heart of a hero but not the physique. After failing numerous applications to join the US Army and fight against Hitler during World War II, a doctor in charge of a remarkable super-soldier project sees his potential but once the process completes, Rogers’ is only used in a valuable but demeaning propaganda role as Captain America. When his morale-boosting tour finally gets to the front lines, his disappointment at not being of more practical use brings out the inner hero once more.


Joe Johnston certainly gives the impression that he understood that characters are important, even (especially?) in an action movie, but off-the-shelf dialogue and plotting undermines the otherwise solid production. Most crucially, Captain America is introduced as an interesting character but then devolves into using his overwhelming strength to punch the evil out of endless henchmen. The shapeless presentation of most of the action doesn’t help but there is good work from Chris Evans and Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones gets all the best lines ("I ain’t kissing ya") providing a much-needed jolt of fun and the effects guys who made Chris Evans look small and skinny and Hugo Weaving’s head look red have done their jobs perfectly.

This movie contains mild bad language, Extreme fantasy violence, graphic gun violence

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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