Captain America’s debut potentially left movie-goers with a lot of question on the film’s behalf and its part in the larger Avenger’s project.
How would it act as the final bridge of the five-movie stretch before The Avengers? Could Chris Evans fill the red boots of Captain America? And, is the movie worth watching on its own?
The answer to all the doom-and-gloom questions is this: Fear not, it’s a fantastic movie and might be the best one of The Avengers franchise.
Chris Evans is fantastic as both the meek Steve Rogers and his super-powered alter ego, Captain America with no trace of the cocky and slightly annoying Johnny Storm that first brought him into Marvel’s limelight with the Fantastic Four.
The movie is fun, chalk full of action and doesn’t really have a down moment unlike Thor, which seemed like it had to spend more time explaining the way things worked than having him beat the crap out of shit and calling down some thunder and lightning.
Granted, Thor was touching on stuff that was a tad more complicated of a subject matter.
But, there area a few nitpicks that keep it from being perfect.
The special effects tend to lose a bit of their wow if they’re seen in 2D instead of 3D. The movie tended to fall into the pitfall of having things pop out at you when, such as Cap’s shield when he hurls it at a Hydra goon, and the depth of focus is so extreme that Cap himself will be out of focus even when he’s the subject of the shot.
And the Red Skull wasn’t evil enough. In the comics, the Red Skull is thought of as Hitler’s mad dog. A tyrant who plots at every waking moment at how to break Captain America’s will to survive.
Here he just wasn’t evil enough for me in this, and this is not to Hugo Weaving’s fault because he was a perfect fit.
I want the Joker mixed with Emperor Palpatine wearing a swastika.
Throw a inept guard out a window of your fortress, torture someone, kick a puppy for God sake. Just make the audience hate you more.
Again, minor nitpicks for a very well done movie and a perfect keystone and lead up to The Avengers.
Speaking of Avengers, as always with these movies, stick around for till the house lights come up in the theater. You won’t regret it.