Starring: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper
The Captain America comics, the foundation on which the movie is based on, was created at a time when World War II was about to break out and American propaganda was at it’s height. The preceding Cold War and other historical events made Captain America a symbol of American power and might that children read and enjoyed. Johann Schmidt (Weaving) is a Nazi officer who steals a rare element called the Tesseract and wishes to harness its power for his own greed. Back in New York City, Steve Rogers (Evans) wishes to join the US Army but is rejected since he is short and not well-built. Not willing to back down, Rogers constantly applies at various centres and eventually gets spotted by Dr. Abraham Erskine who is looking for a volunteer for a special project. The project involves in the creation of a super-soldier by being injected by a serum and if successful, to be replicated across the army. Schmidt underwent a similar procedure but the serum tends to magnify an individuals personality. A good person becomes better and an bad person, more evil. The movie holds true to the comics and is filled with American propaganda and it’s achievements. It tries to replicate World War II at a time when life was simple but military grade weapons were far more advanced than ours. The movie is a build up towards future marvel movies including the avengers and hence it makes sense to see them all in a chronological order. Chris Evans character is a little too patronising and it gets to you after a while. A good movie to watch with old-school action sans the fancy gadgets and bombs without paying too much attention to the story.
Thumbs up: Some decent old-school action
Thumbs down: Captain America is a little too nice and kind-hearted