Saturday, 20 August 2011

Film Review: "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011).

"Whatever happens… you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are. Not a perfect soldier, but a good man." This is at the center of Captain America: The First Avenger. This superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America. It is the fifth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was directed by Joe Johnston, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Set predominantly during World War II, the film tells the story of Steve Rogers, a sickly man from Brooklyn who is transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull, Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry and the leader of an organization that intends to use an artifact called the "Tesseract" as an energy-source for world domination.

Captain America: The First Avenger began as a concept in 1997 and was scheduled for distribution by Artisan Entertainment. However, a lawsuit, not settled until September 2003, disrupted the project. In 2005, Marvel Studios received a loan from Merrill Lynch, and planned to finance and release it through Paramount Pictures. Directors Jon Favreau (Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010)) and Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk (2008)) were interested in directing the project before Johnston (The Rocketeer (1991)) was approached in 2008. The principal characters were cast between March and June 2010. Production began in June 2010, taking place in London, Manchester, Caerwent, and Liverpool in the United Kingdom, and Los Angeles.

The film stars Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper and Stanley Tucci. The cast gave spectacular performances. Evans was magnificent as the iconic American hero and epitomized Justice and heroism in the most American sense. Jones, in his second superhero outing, first being Batman Forever (1995), gave an superb performance as Captain America’s general and ally. Weaving, like his other villain portrayals, gave a brilliant performance as Captain America’s most famous adversary, The Red Skull. He is just so good at playing villains, it is though it is what he is best at. Atwell gave an incredible performance as Agent Carter, Captain America’s partner and love interest. She brought confidence and sexiness to the role. Which made her as every bit appealing on screen. Stan gave a terrific performance as Steve Rodger’s best friend. Though his role was rather cut short. Cooper gave a brilliant performance as genius inventor Howard Stark, father of Tony Stark. He was able to meet the level of Downey. Laslty, Tucci gave a fine performance as Dr. Abraham Erskine, the scientist who created the Super Soldier Serum. He gave Captain America emotional depth as his voice of reason. And he pulled off a great German accent. However, I felt his role was cut too short.

Captain America: The First Avenger is one of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American superhero movies ever made. It is the ultimate Marvel action adventure–a film so funny and exciting it can be enjoyed any day of the week.

Simon says Captain America: The First Avenger receives:

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