#167 / 365 – ‘Captain America : The First Avenger’ – 124 mins
Cinema Challenge #69 / 115
It’s 1942, and weedy Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is rejected by the US Army as unfit for service. Determined to help fight the Nazis, Steve volunteers for a top secret project under Colonel Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) where a serum developed by Dr Erskine (Stanley Tucci) transforms him into a super-soldier. Reborn as Captain America, Steve’s first test as a shield-slinging superhero is to thwart a Nazi plot involving the sinister HYDRA organisation, led by the evil Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).
So here we are at the last stop of the Marvel individual movies, before all their super heroes come colossally crashing together in The Avengers, next summer. Director Joe Johnston gives off some fantastic visual style by setting Captain America within a WWII ’40s lavish period piece, and he seems to be quite comfortable in this era as Captain America has a striking similarity to that of Johnston 1991 cult classic ‘The Rocketeer’.
Whilst Captain America isn’t the best Marvel film for me, that mantle still lies with ‘Iron Man‘, with ‘Thor’ running in second place, and this Avenger neatly slipping into third complete with several flaws, one being the very rushed ending that gives off to some very choppy action. Nonetheless it’s a solid film with a great origin story during its first-middle acts. On top it teasingly sets up that 2012 film which we can now all start to get insanely excited about, summer 2012 can’t come soon enough.