Marvel Comics have the strangest and the most surreal characters: the god of thunder arriving on earth, a man with the powers of a spider and a blind ninja who wants to make his city a better place. These stories are very challenging to bring to the big screen. However, one of the lesser crazy stories is the story of Captain America, yet he is one of the hardest to pull off successfully. He is a patriot, but not a full slave to the law. He is a soldier, but not always. He is patriotic, but only conditionally. So, the question of this review is how successful was 'Captain America: The First Avenger'?
The movie opens to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in his pre-heroic times as a skinny but courageous Brooklyn boy. His biggest dream is to serve in the military but he is always rejected because of his physique. However, he does get accepted to a special program, where one soldier out of the program will get chosen for a special experiment. Without surprise, Rogers gets chosen and he is given super-human strength. Steve Rogers becomes Captain America, a national symbol of morale and soon fights against the evil organisation Hydra commanded by Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).
The transformation of Steve Rogers from a weakling to a super-soldier is done seamlessly through CGI. This goes for all of the other visual effect sequences in the movie. Although 'Captain America' is not visual effect reliant as 'Thor' or 'The Incredible Hulk', but there are many bizarre guns and out of the ordinary fighting locations. I think the 2010s are when CGI becomes impressive and acceptable by the people, rather than something people love to hate.
I can say this without any hesitation that the strongest side of 'Captain America: The First Avenger' is the look of it. The costumes and the sets are all brilliant. The different tones, the colors and the overall feel of every scene is overwhelming. And it is shot perfectly. The action sequences are very well choreographed.
The weakest part of this movie is the part that the filmmakers could not fully do anything about and that is the story. You know that Steve Rogers will eventually be in the military, get chosen for the program and fight the Red Skull. Yes, the movie is very fun even with a predictable plot but it takes away from the thrill of the ride.
Overall, 'Captain America: The First Avenger' is a fun but predictable ride. It is well acted with well choreography. This movie sets up for 'The Avengers' perfectly and succeeds at being a good quality action movie.