Director: Joe Johnston
Cast & Crew: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Dominic Cooper , Richard Armitage, Hayley Atwell, Neal McDonough
Plot Summary: It tells the story of how Steve Rogers was turned down for service to his country only to become America`s first and only super-soldier during WWII after volunteering for a secret government experiment.
Review: Captain America: The First Avenger focuses on the beginning of the Marvel Universe where Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wanted to serve his country and is unable to pass the selection test due to his frailty and lack of endurance, Dr. Abraham Erskine ( Stanley Tucci) is the most sought-after of scientists in the world because he has the formula to turn a normal human being into a super being. Steve volunteers to participate in his experimental program by the U.S. Army in an attempt to fight alien forces that turns him into the Super Soldier known as ‘Captain America’. As ‘Captain America’, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the selfish and villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).
Director Joe Johnston’s ‘Captain America’ (known for effect driven movies such as Jurassic Park III, Jumanji, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids) is a mixed affair, but if Marvel has proven anything over the last few years, it is their ability to produce quality entertainment even when they cannot conceal all the flaws. On the plus side, like the most successful recent Marvel films (X-Men First Class, Thor), Captain America benefits from the good cast and solid performances, keeping even the weaker moments from dragging the whole down.
The protagonist, Chris Evans, moves over from the "smart alec" roles he has previously played to this power-packed performance while keeping his charismatic appearance alive. He is portrayed as the idealistic hero sans any cynicism or irony perceived to be more palatable to modern day audiences. However, due to the strong cast of the movie, Evans isn’t the driving force of his film. The result is something closer to an ensemble in execution, though it wasn’t setup to look like that. Evans is clearly supposed to be the lead, but he’s surrounded by scene-stealers still, that is not really a negative thing.
The significant "other " in the movie is Hugo Weaving playing the antagonist and a complete opposite of the person that Captain America/Steve Rogers is. Hayley Atwell is great in the skin of her character and the red lipcolour definitely suits her. Sebastian Stan plays a loyal friend who protects Steve from bullies wherever they go.
And this one is not the usual action-packed sci-fi flicks, it has comedy, compassion and an underlying romance all packed into the 124 minutes of the movie, running along with a deep sense of patriotism that will provide you some food for thought. It felt like watching a classic amalgamated with newer technology.
The sad part is the prolonged superhero fights villain flavour to the movies and Hollywood and Bollywood both seem to have been struck by the bug. Till a few years back, a book taking the shape of a movie was awaited with baited breath, now, it will only take a die-hard fan to flock to the theatre to watch his favorite superhero on screen. It would only be fair to state that the superhero saturation has set in. Despite the action and the scenes and the technology, we all know what to expect. Besides the 124 minutes running time makes it a little difficult to sit through.
Verdict: All in all a good entertainer to start off the long weekend, watch it for the male and female protagonists and the loving friendship feeling with the age-old hit formula of how good wins over evil.