August 6, 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger
Studio: Paramount Pictures Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
Following in the footsteps of his fellow Avengers, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk, Captain America makes his way onto the silver screen.
During the early months of World War II, 90-pound weakling Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to serve his country and enlist.
But his size and various medical problems label him 4-F.
However, during a random meeting...a scientist in charge of a top-secret super soldier program gives Rogers the chance to serve his country.
But during basic training, his commanding officer (Tommy Lee Jones) isn't very impressed by the new recruit.
However, Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) knows the true strength of a man is found within, so Rogers is chosen to be the first in a new breed of ultimate weapons.
Using an experimental process, he's transformed him into the perfect physical specimen. But tragedy ensures he will be the only one of his kind.
Labeled Captain America, he finds his way to Europe to battle the Nazi research and development arm, Hydra.
"Captain America" is a wonderful movie.
Evans doesn't play Rogers as a wisecracking jokester. He's sincere and earnest, ready to lay down his life for his country. Even before he becomes a hero, he's good man. And that's the core of the character.
He's backed up by an able cast including Jones, who gets the film's best lines, Tucci as the the humble but brillian Erskine, Hayley Atwell as the brave and resourceful British secret agent Peggy Carter...and Hugo Weaving as the villainous Red Skull...the first recipient of the super-soldier formula.
The battle scenes are well-staged, with Cap showing just what he can do. He is the ultimate warrior, and it's exciting to see him use his red, white and blue shield to take out the bad guys.
The music fits the story and the pictures are perfect for a film set during the 1940s. It's shot with a sepia tone that gives it a warm, nostalgic feel.
This isn't just a good comic book movie...it's a good film, period.
And it serves to set up next summer's big event, as Marvel Studios puts together its heroes to star in "The Avengers."
Make sure you stay through the end of the credits for a quick preview of that film.
On my rating scale, "Captain America: The First Avenger" hits a HOME RUN.
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