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Captain America: The First Avenger

A 2011 film Based on the Marvel Comics Character

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Much Better Than Thor

  • Aug 23, 2011

So I'm just going to say right off that I enjoyed this movie, although the bar was set pretty low what with Thor, which - lets face it - was not a very good movie.  I had also, just before seeing Captain America, happened to catch an early 90's/late 80's looking version (I later determined it was released in 1990) starring Matt Salinger.  So after all that, Captain America blew me away.

The story begins with the discovery of a gigantic, metal object frozen up north.  But then we flash back to Agent Smith (aka Johann Schmidt, played by Hugo Weaving) attacking a church in Norway to obtain the Tesseract.  I believe that this moment is ONLY justification for Thor because otherwise I would have had a tough time buying it.  In New York a scrawny Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is trying to join the military and failing miserably, all the while getting repeatedly beaten up.  His best friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) continually urges him to stop.  He even tries bribing him with pussy, but Rogers will not be deterred.  You see he's been lying on his papers so he can keep applying which is, of course, illegal and at the Worlds Fair he get caught.

Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) is a German-born scientist with a drinking problem who has been developing a method for creating super-soldiers to fight the Nazis.  Having decided that courage and heart are more important than hulking muscles.  So he chooses Rogers who is so brave that, he not only wants to fight, but is willing to risk repeated fraud to do.  At basic training Colonel Philips (Tommy Lee Jones) does not want Rogers there and makes no attempt at hiding it.  He wants hulking muscles.  To prove a point he even tosses a deactivated grenade to show that even Rogers will run and cower.  He is, of course, wrong.  While all Philips' good-ol-boys run and hide, Rogers throws himself on the grenade.

Meanwhile somewhere in Europe, Schmidt's scientist Dr. Zola (Toby Jones) have harnessed the Tesseract to power all of these weapons that were apparently designed never to work with existing power sources.  He does, of course, blow a lot of shit up in the process.  Schmidt had already gone through a similar process to what Rogers was about to do, so being consumed with daddy issues, Schmidt sends an assassin.

Rogers goes through the transformation and no sooner is Erskine killed.  Enraged Rogers captured the assassin who croaks after downing a cyanide bon-bon.  With Erskine dead, Rogers is all that's left of his work so Philips refuses to sent him off to fight.  Instead Rogers dons a much cheaper version of his iconic costume and goes off to sell war bonds and beat up a Hitler impersonator.  At a USO show Rogers learns that Barnes' unit has disappeared attacking Schmidt's organization HYDRA so with the help of Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Howard Stark (Dominic Cooker) Rogers goes behind enemy lines to mount a rescue.

So dressed in his cheaply made costume, with a cheap shield and a helmet stolen from one of the USO dancing girls he infiltrates HYDRA's forest base and frees the prisoners.  There he comes face to face with Schmidt who shows us for the first time his red skull.  The base explodes but not before Rogers sees a map with the other HYDRA bases.  Back at camp, Rogers is classified lost behind enemy lines and likely dead.  However no sooner does Philips say that than Rogers and the prisoners roll up with weapons captured from HYDRA.  It is decided that Rogers will head up a new squad to attack HYDRA and he recruits the prisoners he's just rescued, including Barnes.  So with the help of Stark's fancy equipment including a vibranium shield, the crew wipes out HYDRA.  Unfortunately, not only is Barnes killed falling off a train carrying Zola, we learn that Rogers can no longer get drunk... very sad.

With information bought from Zola, the team learns of the last HYDRA stronghold and the WMD's bound for America.  Rogers tracks Schmidt to his gigantic black jet thing, kills a bunch of Nazis and drops the Tesseract into the ocean after dissolving Schmidt.  It would seem that ever since the Ark of the Covenant, all Nazis are allergic to all ancient artifacts.  With the jet on course, Rogers' only course of action is to crash it into the sea.  While doing this he makes a date with agent Carter he will never keep..

Rogers wakes up in a room 70 years later with a baseball game playing on the radio.  He was at the game so he knows it isn't live and escapes.  We now see that he is running from SHIELD out into Times Square where he meets Nick Fury.  By the way I love Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.  I wish he had a movie that was just Nick Fury being bad-ass.

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August 26, 2011
Nice write up. I actually managed to rewatch Thor in my flight for my vacation. I thought this was alright but I did like Thor just a tad better. "First Class" was the better Marvel movie this year IMHO. Thanks for the review in Movie Hype!
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Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American 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, and stars Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, and Stanley Tucci. The film tells the story of Steve Rogers, a sickly man from Brooklyn who is transformed into super soldier Captain America to help the war effort. However, Captain America must stop Red Skull, Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry and leader of a terrorist organization, who intends to use a mysterious tesseract energy-source for world domination.
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Director: Joe Johnston
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Drama, Thriller, War
Release Date: July 22, 2011
Runtime: 124 minutes
Studio: Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures
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