Predominantly set during World War II, Steve Rogers is a sickly man from Brooklyn who's transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull – Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry, and the leader of an organization that intends to use a mysterious device of untold powers for world domination.
|Release Date||:||July 22, 2011|
|Genres||:||Action, Adventure, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Marvel Studios|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus, Jane Wu|
|Casts||:||Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Natalie Dormer, Amanda Righetti, Richard Armitage, Bruno Ricci, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, Kenneth Choi, J. J. Feild, Stan Lee, Michael Brandon, Martin Sherman, William Hope, Lex Shrapnel, Oscar Pearce, Nicholas Pinnock, Marek Oravec, David Bradley, Leander Deeny, Sam Hoare, Jenna Coleman, Sophie Colquhoun, Simon Kunz, Kieran O'Connor, Doug Cockle, Ben Batt, Mollie Fitzgerald, Damon Driver, David McKail, Amanda Walker, Richard Freeman, Katherine Press, Sergio Covino, Marcello Walton, Anatole Taubman, Jan Pohl, Erich Redman, Rosanna Hoult, Naomi Slights, Kirsty Mather, Laura Haddock, James Payton, Ronan Raftery, Nick Hendrix, Luke Allen-Gale, Jack Gordon, Ben Uttley, Patrick Monckeberg|
|Plot Keywords||:||new york, usa, world war ii, nazis, marvel comic, comic, superhero, period piece, nazi germany, brooklyn new york city, captain america, aftercreditsstinger, marvel cinematic universe|
I had the pleasure of watching a sneak preview for this and thought it was a great superhero movie. It follows the "superhero formula" but that's to be expected. There are plenty of references to the comics as well as the other Marvel movies. There are numerous comic book references and foreshadowing that I probably can't even write here but will excite most of the comic book fans. In fact, Howard Stark plays a prominent role in this film and you see where Tony Stark gets his charm.
The movie really captures that patriotic spirit that permeated the US during WW2. The movie itself almost becomes like one of those military recruitment ads it showcases. It is chock full of flag-waving patriotism. But you probably should expect that going to a movie called "Captain America."
Chris Evans is a good Captain America and downplays any flashiness associated with him as the Human Torch. The CGI effects that show him as a scrawny twig were seamless. He carries that vulnerability with him throughout the film whether he is getting beaten up physically or emotionally.
The rest of the cast fills their roles well- especially Tommy Lee Jones as the gruff, but lovable, colonel and Hugo Weaving as the evil baddie bent on wold domination. Those two play their characters the way you would expect them to. Although I was waiting the whole time for Hugo Weaving to say "Mr. Anderson." The only odd twist is that Captain America's sidekick from the comics, Bucky Barnes, is much tougher and older than you'd expect.
There are numerous one-liners throughout the movie that drew chuckles from the audience. You also get plenty of action and explosions which are always a crowd favorite. Stylistically, it's very similar to Iron Man. Overall, it's a fun comic book adaptation that really adds into steam Marvel is building up to with The Avengers. Nice work.