CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
A Hero for Everyone
Release Date: July 22, 2011
Genre: Action Adventure
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 124 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Joe Johnston
Producer: Kevin Feige
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The movie opens in present day with a group of men uncovering a strange aircraft in the snow with Captain America’s shield inside. Cut to Norway in 1942, where Johann Schmidt, the ruthless leader of Hydra, Hitler’s advanced science program, finds a power cube that supposedly belonged to Odin, the legendary Norse god.
Cut to New York City. Scrawny Steve Rogers is turned down once again for the Army. He even gets beaten up in the alley, until his friend, Private Bucky Barnes, comes to his rescue. Bucky asks Steve to help him escort two ladies to the exposition and a dance afterwards. Steve reluctantly goes, but then he runs out to the nearby recruiter’s station to try getting into the Army again.
Steve tries to change his name, but they figure out who he is and lock him into a room. There’s he’s visited by Dr. Abraham Erskine. Dr. Erskine recruits Steve to take part in a super soldier program. Steve’s tenacity and guts not only impress Erskine. They also impress Lt. Peggy Carter, a beautiful British female agent, and the reluctant general in charge of the program.
They pick Steve to be the first soldier to get a serum that will turn him into a muscular soldier with extraordinary abilities. The serum works perfectly on Steve, but a double agent kills Dr. Erskine, takes one serum bottle while destroying the rest and runs out. In a terrific chase scene, Steve goes after the spy. He eventually captures him, but serum bottle is destroyed and the German spy crunches a cyanide pill while muttering, “Hail Hydra!”
Since the Army can’t really use only one super soldier, they put Steve into the propaganda machine selling war bonds as “Captain America.” The government thinks Steve will do more for the war effort there than anywhere else.
Steve grows to like his job, but, when he goers to Italy with the USO, he finds that all the soldiers want to see is the dancing girls in the show. Then, Steve learns that Hydra has virtually wiped out his friend Bucky’s unit and Bucky is missing. With Peggy’s help, and the help of Tony “Iron Man” Stark’s father, Howard, Steve secretly goes behind enemy lines to rescue Bucky and any other soldier held prisoner at the nearest Hydra facility.
There, Steve finds Bucky and a lot of other POWs. While releasing them, Steve encounters Johann Schmidt. Schmidt reveals that he had received a prototype of Erskine’s super solider serum, which has disfigured his real face and earned Schmidt the nickname “Red Skull.”
Steve successfully rescues Bucky and the other POWs. Steve, Bucky and some of the other POWs form a special commando team to destroy Hydra and defeat Red Skull’s plans to rule the world himself, without his fuehrer, Hitler.
CAPTAIN AMERICA is super exciting. The filmmakers focus on story and character. They take the time to develop their characters. This tactic pays off big time later when the action goes into hyper drive. It also gives their ending a lot of heart. Chris Evans does a fine job as Captain America, and the rest of the cast is also practically perfect. There is some foul language, however. Also, when Red Skull reveals his deformed face, younger children may find that scary.
That said, CAPTAIN AMERICA delivers an inspiring patriotic punch. Steve Rogers is a hero for everyone, a hero to cheer. It will be fun to see Captain America in action again.
CAPTAIN AMERICA is super exciting. It also takes time to develop its characters. This tactic pays off big time later when the action goes into hyper drive. It also gives the ending a lot of heart. There are some scary moments and foul language, however. That said, CAPTAIN AMERICA delivers an inspiring patriotic punch. Steve Rogers is a hero for everyone, a hero to cheer for. It will be fun to see Captain America in action again.