29 July 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger
2011, 124mins, 12
Director: Joe Johnston
Writer (s): Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Cast includes: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci
UK Release Date: 29th July 2011
“Captain America: The First Avenger” is the last piece in “The Avengers” puzzle, meaning Marvel are now sufficiently prepared to unleash their potential magnum opus next summer. Thankfully “Captain America” doesn’t play out as an elongated advertisement, the film finding its own identity and at least making an admirable effort to operate as its own contained story. There are problems, namely that the first half far outclasses the second, but “Captain America” is none the less an enjoyable dollop of sugary summer confection. The movie has fun playing with its 1940s setting, ultimately emerging as a traditional but generally entertaining action romp.
“Captain America” is definitely an above average blockbuster, largely because it at least treats its source with care and the audience with respect. It’s unapologetically old-fashioned and suffers from numerous faults (both in the screenplay and set-piece departments), but on the whole the movie scratches its genre itch efficiently. At this juncture it feels pointless to weigh the various “Avengers” tie-ins against each other, such comparisons being crude at the best of times. Instead I suggest you tackle “Captain America: The First Avenger” as the most gratifying homework assignment you’ve ever had, and hopefully Marvel won’t underwhelm us when it all comes full circle next year.
A Review by Daniel Kelly, 2011