Yikes, another comic book movie? Why yes, of course, we have to fill in all the backstories before we release The Avengers. Ok, I guess that makes sense, but I’m feeling a bit burned out on all of these. That’s too bad, you’re going to get more. Don’t we get to vote or something? No, you lost all your voting privileges because you didn’t like the remake of Clash of the Titans. Now wait a minute, that movie stinks… See, you don’t deserve to vote with that attitude.
Wait a sec, who the hell am I talking to?
World War II rages on and all Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to do is join the military and serve his country. Alas, he is weak, scrawny, and sickly. Luckily that is just what Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci) is looking for. He wishes to create a super soldier that can serve as a prototype for future army of heroes. The experiment works and Steve becomes Captain America! Dr. Erskine is killed by an enemy agent sent by the diabolical Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving). After some convincing Colonel Phillips puts Captain America to work, hunting down Schmidt and his army of super-soldiers. But Steve has to juggle his new found powers, his feelings for the lovely Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and his devotion to his country to become The First Avenger.
- The 40s look to the bulk of the film is impressive
- Throws in some light hearted fun into the super hero mix
- Tommy Lee Jones steals nearly every scene he’s in
- The story is not very engaging
- The visual effects to make Evans look feeble look bizarre
- Really feels like a long set up for little pay off
This should almost work, and if they weren’t so concerned about making a movie that leads into The Avengers it could have been a real blast of fun. Instead the movie feels muddled in some places and redundant in others. It ends up being an uneven viewing experience. It’s not bad, but of all the Avenger superhero prologues this is the weakest.
Scores (out of 5)