This summer has seen the release of many Marvel superhero flicks and director Joe Johnston's movie Captain America: The First Avenger is the latest addition to this list. This superhero movie manages to satisfy both as origin story and standalone adventure. This one feels a little bit special.
Captain America: The First Avenger is a sci-fi action movie, which is a mixture of World War II nostalgia, Bam-Pow comic book sensibilities, underdog determination and red-white-and-blue battle scenes. A cohesive story and a believable superhero manage to inspire all and it is the best Marvel superhero flick since the first Iron Man.
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in the midst of failing multiple physicals to join the US Army. He is chosen by Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci) to participate in the Super Soldier program. He is injected with the super soldier serum and is transformed from a 5" 3" bony kid into a hulking Captain America. The Nazi"s have a science division called HYDRA that is being lead by the evil Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). Captain America and his team head out to defeat them before Red Skull can use his secret weapon to take over the world.
What makes Captain America: The First Avenger interesting is that it is simultaneously a war movie and a superhero movie, which executes all the trappings of both very well. As superhero, Chris Evans has proved that he is the right choice to play the Star Spangled hero. His chemistry with the supporting cast is superb. With his brilliant performance, he makes Captain America feel like a real person and not just a guy in a costume.
In technical front, Alan Silvestri's music, Shelly Johnson's cinematography and Robert Dalva and Jeffrey Ford's editing works are simply superb. The action-packed sequences and its superb special effects feature an old-fashioned feel that grants the story a strange sense of historical importance.
Overall, Captain America: The First Avenger is the best superhero movie of this summer. Don't miss it to watch it.
Producer: Kevin Feige
Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Richard Armitage, Stanley Tucci, Samuel L Jackson,
Music: Alan Silvestri
Cinematography: Shelly Johnson
Runtime: 125 minutes