The final member to get a feature film before the upcoming Avengers movie, in 2012, got his film debut this past weekend. Captain America came to theaters with a bang, scoring over $65 million domestically at the box office. In the film we learn the Origin of Steve Rogers, (Chris Evans) a scrawny kid from Brooklyn, who after failing many times to join the Army in the middle of World War II, gets his chance when heâ€™s approached by a scientist by the name of Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci). Dr. Erskine getâ€™s Steve in as a participant for an experimental program that will turn him into a super soldier. Meanwhile, on the German side of the war, a ruthless and power crazed military officer by the name of Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) is having his scientist come up with a formula to help in his quest for world domination. Schmidt too has been experimenting with chemicals and has now named himself the Red Skull, and has an organization named HYDRA, that is determined to rule the planet. After Erskineâ€™s experiment workâ€™s it turns the skinny Steve Rogers into a muscular superhuman, giving him outstanding physical strength and ability, because of his new metabolism. Steve takes on the role of Captain America, and he and his best friend James Buchanan â€œBuckyâ€ Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and some other brave soldiers wage war against Red Skull and his evil HYDRA organization.
As you probably already know from previous reviews, I am an avid comic book fan. Every time I hear about a superhero movie coming out, Iâ€™m there to see it, especially if itâ€™s one of the ones I enjoyed reading about coming up as a kid. There has been a lot of time and money put into this superhero collaboration coming out next summer in the form of the Avengers team. Mostly each one of the groupâ€™s members has had their own origin movie to shine in and this one shined bright. From beginning to end this movie was entertaining. It had action, comedy and great special effects. It even had a small love story mixed in there as well. This was a well rounded movie that could be enjoyed by all. Chris Evans was spectacular in the leading role, and his charm and good acting kept the movie flowing well. Hugo Weaving was also very good as Red Skull, and the make-up for his character made him look just like he should look from the comic books. A pleasant surprise was incorporating Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) into the storyline. In case you donâ€™t know heâ€™s the father of Tony Stark, who is Iron Man, and will later be joining Captain America in the Avengers group.
Now normally Stan Lee the creator of Marvel comics has a cameo in these superhero movies developed from his comic books, but I donâ€™t remember seeing him. I would have to see the movie again to be sure. All in all I felt this movie was a great tease to whatâ€™s to come in the upcoming Avengers movie. All of the movies leading up the groupâ€™s first movie together have been good. The origin storyline have also stayed very close to the comic book versions, and that has been a plus as well. So now all of the pre-movies have been put out and we will finally get to see the group all together in 2012, plus members who didnâ€™t get their own storyline. Plus If you stay till the credits end, your get to see a sneak peek at the upcoming Avengers movie. I gave this movie 3 stars out of 4. It was just as good as its predecessors. The film ran 2 hours and 5mins. It was rated PG-13 for intense sequences of Sci-Fi violence and action. The film was written by Christopher Markus and Steven McFeely, from source material from Joe Simon (II) and Jack Kirby. It was directed by Joe Johnston. The movie was distributed by Paramount Pictures.
Avengers Assemble!!! â€“ Captain America
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