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Captain America: The First Avenger

by

Jeff Nelson

Captain America: The First Avenger is an alright film that could have been marvelous.

Captain America: The First Avenger
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Over the past few years, characters such as Hulk and Iron Man have received their own motion pictures. Each one of these movies isn't completely separate from the other. Quite a few of these characters consist of a team of superheroes known as The Avengers. Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, and Nick Fury are appearing in this group. Most of these heroes have received their own film, but not all of them have yet. At the end of many of these superhero flicks, there's extra footage to be seen after the credits roll. Captain Ametand amongst the other big blockbuster hits?

rica: The First Avenger is no exception since it shows the trailer to The Avengers being released in 2012. At this point, how does Captain America s Steve Rogers volunteers for a secret experiment during World War II. Transformed into a superhero named Captain America, Steve goes after the Axis. The Steve with a perfect physical and heightened reflexes battles the Red Skull, a super soldier created by Italian fascists. Many fans of these films followed Captain America: The First Avenger since the casting. I was hoping for the screenplay to follow the footsteps of the first Iron Man. All of the attention wasn't put on explosions, but a lot of the focus was placed on the character of Tony Stark. Steve Rogers and his transformation to Captain America does provide character development, but I didn't connect to him as much as I did to Tony Stark. The script incorporates a lot of humor throughout. These jokes are definitely hit and miss. Some of the gags are worthwhile and made me laugh while quite a few of the lines fall flat. The strongest component of the screenplay is the juicy action scenes. However, my attention started to drift away a couple times as the movie returned to repetitive humor and dialogue. Fantastic fighting sequences don't make up for other moments where the film drags.

Even though the script's outcome wasn't the greatest, the biggest disappointment I have with Captain America: The First Avenger is the casting of our hero. When Chris Evans was originally cast, I was quite upset with this casting decision. Not only does he not fit the character, but he already has been a superhero. Evans was Human Torch in the Fantastic Four flicks. He disturbs the atmosphere of the film since he's naturally a silly actor who I can't take seriously during the more earnest moments. I was originally hearing reports that Jensen Ackles was going to be cast as Captain America. He's definitely a perfect match for this character. Not only does he have the look for the character, but he's just as natural being solemn as he is being comical. Putting aside my anger for the casting decision of the leading role, my opinion is positive for the rest of the characters. Hugo Weaving gives an excellent performance as Red Skull and certainly brings the character to life. Hayley Atwell does well in the character of Peggy Carter. With the exception of Chris Evans, this is a good cast.

What's an action flick without big explosions? As mentioned before, this is clearly the major strength of the film. Each time these battle segments take place, expect to be glued to the screen. For those who are diehard Captain America fans, you will be watering at the mouth during these insane clips. With the modernized costume and the gorgeous special FX, this film couldn't have looked better. While the screenplay may not capture the attention of all fans, these explosive action sequences are sure to keep all audiences entertained. The audio department is just as impressive as the visuals. This loud summer blockbuster is an audio assault on the ears. For those who want the full experience should see this on the big screen while they still can in order to viewthe best that this film has to offer.

I was excited among many other superhero fans during the development stages. As the film came further along and more information was released, I noticed my excitement wandering. The release date approached and I got a feeling that this wouldn't be great. While this undoubtedly could have ended up worse, it doesn't stand up to the level of other Avenger heroes such as Iron Man. Of the superheroes making up the Avengers, this is the worst one. The problematic screenplay and the awful casting decision of Chris Evans critically hurt the quality of the movie. Captain America: The First Avenger is an alright film that could have been marvelous.

My Rating = Three Stars

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