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

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Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones
Director: 
Joe Johnston

Synopsis: Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a small skinny and prone to sickness young man, desperately wants to join to army like his parents before him and his best friend James aka ‘Bucky (Sebastian Stan). After countless rejections, he finally can join by allowing himself to be subject to a trial for a ‘Super-Soldier Serum’. With his new-found strength and stamina, as well as the alias of Captain America, he must join the war and help bring down the head of Hydra, an ex-Nazi group turned total terrorist organisation.

Opinion: This is my second time seeing this movie and somehow, I still struggle watching Chris Evan’s face on that much smaller body in the beginning. Am I just so used to him in his Captain America buff body that my brain can’t fathom he might ever have been that size? Or is it just genuinely weird. Anyway, that aside, I honestly enjoyed this movie much more on a second viewing than I remember doing so on my first. This isn’t to say I didn’t like it before, Cap has always been one of my favourite Avengers, I just don’t recall being like Wow that was great. Now though, I think I’m aided by having watched all of the other Avengers films and seeing the little asides and references to the world within this movie that I obviously previously missed. Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) was one of those who I had completely forgotten was even in this movie…yes, yes, he’s like a critical character and it’s often mentioned that Steve and he used to be friends but I guess it just wasn’t something I was aware of way back when but now I’m like ohhhh it’s their back story! The movie is filled with punchy dialogue and random bouts of humour, drama and action which is of course the Avengers feel we have come to know and love. While the technology shown in this movie is a little laughable at times (it’s only 1942!) it is also an Avengers film and contains a Stark so since when has that ever let technology constraints restrict them from putting on a show.  Overall, while it’s not my favourite Captain America film, it’s a fun watch and a great way to start off a chronological re-watching of the Avengers series. Next up will be Iron Man so keep a look out if you want to follow my re-watch reviews…you know you want to.

Fun Fact: As with any Marvel/Avengers movie there is an end credit scene and a Stan Lee cameo so keep a look out.

Rating:

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