Thursday, July 28, 2011

Movie Review: Captain America Becomes the First Avenger

I like stories where seemingly weak people find ways to overcome their limitations. Captain America is one such tale that oozes inspiration and encouragement. It tells the story of Steve Rogers, a sickly, thin, and short guy with a big heart. Despite being rejected again and again for enlisting in the US Army, Steve wasn’t one to give up easily. He genuinely would love to serve his country.


Thankfully, a scientist who’s working on a military experiment to create super soldiers saw Steve’s potential. After another test of character, the tiny man was chosen to become the first to receive serum injections to make him bigger and stronger.


Unfortunately, the scientist was killed before he could inject a whole army and Steve became his only creation. Watch the movie to know how an ordinary soldier became the first American superhero.

It’s amazing how the visual effects team were able to make Chris Evans look like a weakling. I couldn’t see any flaws in the movements between the head and the body! I remember being amazed at Brad Pitt’s transformation into a teenage version of himself in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button but that was such a short clip compared to the many scenes in Captain America where the skinny Chris appeared.


The illusion was so believable; it made it doubly jaw-dropping when the real Chris Evans appeared as the newly-improved Steve Rogers. I’m satisfied with his performance as Captain America although I heard some discontent from a few Marvel fans that Chris shouldn’t have been cast in the role because he was also Torch in the Fantastic Four and that Torch is also an Avenger. No complaints in that department from my end. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no reason why the producers can’t get a new actor to play Torch if they decide to bring him out again in the big screen.


Anyhow, let me just say how I enjoyed watching Tommy Lee Jones crack satirical jokes with his signature poker face. His delivery of punch lines are really funny! As to Hugo Weaving, I commend him for playing Red Skull really well. The Matrix antagonist shows yet another facet to his versatility as a villain.


It’s moreover cool that Howard Stark appeared in the picture which ties up his and, eventually, his son’s connections with the SHIELD.

I find the ending a bit sad though. Find out why when you watch the movie. Oh, and don’t forget to stick around after the credits! In true Marvel comics-to-screen adaptations, there is a sneak peek that you should definitely see :)

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