In a Hollywood summer featuring box office flops like Green Lantern and Cowboys & Aliens, it’s nice to see a movie that delivers on the promise shown in it trailers. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t Shakespeare, but then again this is a film that is quite happy to stick to its comic book roots and that’s fine by me 🙂
A big deal was made about the look of the pre-super serum Steve Rogers, and apart from the CG wizardry that shrunk down his body, it’s Chris Evans’ acting that really sells the plucky/selfless nature of this scrawny kid from Brooklyn. He invests such likability into the character that it’s almost a shame when he does eventually transform into the Super Soldier that the audience knows he will become.
A bulk of the film is carried on Evans capable shoulders but he does have some help from his supporting cast. Stanley Tucci nails it as the scientist who creates the super serum, while Tommy Lee Jones seems to be channelling Agent K from Men In Black, as the gruff but lovable Colonel. Hugo Weaving is at his screen chewing best as the Red Skull, but at times his accent reminded me quite a bit of the Governator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
My one regret about the supporting cast is that the we weren’t given more of a chance to see Cap’s buddies at arms, the Howling Commandos. Busted out of the Nazi POW camp, in the few moments we have with them, we already believe their group dynamic, and I hope that they get their own movie in the not too far future.
Captain America in the wrong hands could have come off as really cheesy and groan-worthy, but I think Joe Johnston and Co did a really good job, and I’ll give this movie 8 out of 10.
The Avengers Trailer after the credits has got me buzzed, and I can’t wait till 2012 to see all the Avenger finally assembled 🙂