Release Date: 22/07/11
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.
Having been disappointed at the Thor film (as there wasn’t a journey for the romance or the hero to learn his lesson) I was a little apprehensive at watching Captain America: The First Avenger. Why? Well when a film is stuffed to the gills with just over two hours to reach the end of the journey there was a hell of a lot to pack in.
What director Joe Johnson did was look at the origin stories of Cap and did his best to amalgamate them for the modern audience. The result was something that was not only fairly faithful but also a tale that worked well for those not in the know about our heroes origins, it had some great casting and whilst a lot of it was fairly serious the comic one liners delivered by Tommy Lee Jones worked for the viewer so many times.
The only real downside about the film for me was sadly Howard Stark who felt more like a joke than a serious scientist who would go on to give the world his son, Iron Man Tony Stark. Other than this, the other casting worked well, Hugo Weaving delivered a great performance as the Red Skull and I think that we’ve yet to see the last of Johann Schmidt as I feel that the device was a transportation bridge to another area of Midguard.
All in well constructed and a faithful leap to bring old Cap to our own time. A film that was fun, a film that worked well and all in a film that satisfied the comic geek inside me. Great stuff.