REVIEW – Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The First Avenger is a quality summer action movie that anyone will most likely enjoy. The movie is very loyal to the comic books, which is always a huge plus for those fans. While Captain America is enjoyable movie, it also makes you leave the theater wanting a little more. The story line and the back story of Captain America make this a quality film, but there are several moments in the movie that could have made Captain America: The First Avenger one of the best comic book movies had they been done a little differently.
The first half of the film follows the story of Steve Rodgers before he becomes Captain America. He is a skinny kid that wants to fight in World War 2 but is too small. He is then chosen by a scientist, played perfectly by Stanley Tucci, to undergo a genetic transformation to allow him to become Captain America. After the procedure is complete and Rodgers adapts to his new skills, he sets off with a crew to defeat Red Skull. This is when the movie begins its downturn.
The action leading up to the meeting between Rodgers and Red Skull is perfectly done, but the final battle leaves a lot to be desired. They spend the entire movie setting up the battle and Captain America does not even get to defeat Red Skull. Red Skull’s demise is poorly done and one of the major faults of the film. After the final battle, the movie seems to care more about setting up the sequel and the upcoming Avengers movies than it does ending the story. The ending will probably make most of the people leave dissatisfied and wondering “what just happened?” These two things ruin the great acting from Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci and turn what could have been a great movie into a mediocre film.