Film Of The Week: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011)
Meek U.S. Army soldier Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) takes part in an experimental military program that infuses him with super-human powers, and uses his newfound strength to battle the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) in this comic-book adventure from director Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, The Rocketeer). Tommy Lee Jones, Neal McDonough, and Stanley Tucci co-star in a film written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley (who previously collaborated on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe).REVIEW:
My review here for Captain America: The First Avenger may be a re-visit for most of you FCSyndicate readers out there who have already seen the movie. For me, as it stands, I'm still one more film short before finally catching up to Marvel's second phase in its second cinematic universe leading Thor: The Dark World and the April 4, 2014 release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So this was as pretty good an opportunity as any before than to see director Joe Johnston's theatrical contribution to the current film franchise.
After having the good fortune of being selected for the U.S. military's supersoldier program, his newfound physical attributes and gifts are still not enough in the eyes of his superiors in helping America defeat the Third Reich. In the end, Rogers is left with no choice to put his best muscle forward as the hero he was destined to become, and the ultimate threat to an unknown evil far worse than Hitler, with technology more advanced than anyone could expect.
As far as the action goes, I got my fill from it. Captain America doesn't fly, so that leaves him a lot of hurdles to overcome on the battlefield, which is exciting when watching our hero dodging everything from bullets to flamethrowers and evaporating rifle blasts, and putting baddies away with hard-hitting hand to hand exchanges, in addition to using his trusty jingoistic one-of-a-kind shield as both a weapon and a means of self-defense.