Sunday, July 31, 2011

American Made


Captain America: The Fist Avenger

Growing up the only time I ever came across Captain America was when he guest stared in an issue of Spiderman or X-Men, that was until the Marvel civil war cross over and Ed Brubaker (one of my favourite comic authors) started writing Captain America stories. So once I actually started to get to know the character I really became a huge fan. So when the film came out I went in with high expectations and I wasn't disappointed.

Set during World War 2 Captain America: The First Avenger tells the story of Steve Rogers, a sickly kid from Brooklyn who can't enlist in the army due to his small size and strength. Rogers gets his chance when he is recruited into Project Rebirth, an experiment that transforms him into a super soldier who is at the the peak of human potential. Initially used as a poster boy for the army Rogers, now going by Captain America, soon gets into combat, battling the force's of Hydra (a Nazi research department) and its evil leader, the Red Skull.

Reminiscent of the original Indiana Jones movies Captain America blends good story telling, plenty of action, colorful characters and a little bit of humour. It is well performed all round, aside from a couple of bad accents, the flawless special effects add to the action with out overshadowing it. The movie doesn't take its self too seriously and parts of it are cliched but it works. Some of the film seems a bit rushed towards the end and some of the action sequences while good could have been a bit better or even just a little longer.

Not without its flaws Captain America is still a fun and highly enjoyable movie. I give it a 8 out of 10