7/26/2011

Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)


Chris Evans trades in his Fantastic Four suit for the star-spangled suit and shield in Captain America: The First Avenger. Talk about a great move.

Cut from the traditional action movie pattern, the film gives us the valiant hero in a time of massive war and it doesn't disappoint. The retro-style is made authentic by the great production design and costumes, as well as the war-time propaganda and music. (One of the theme songs is composed by the legendary Alan Menken, of Beauty and The Beast fame).

But unlike the Avengers set-up films (Iron Man 2, Thor), Captain America is a little too serious and heavy. Yes, the action scenes fly off (especially in 3D), but there's a certain fun factor that's missing. Tommy Lee Jones provides some choice lines, but that's it-- Cap will shine in his heroic glory, but won't come off as cool.

Comic book fans will most likely forgive the departures from the original material to make the film's story more realistic, but the film is solid all the way. Captain America: The First Avenger stays true to form.


Rating: 3.5/5


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