Posted on 7/29/11 10:42 AM
I liked Captain America. Yeah it was a bit cheesy, and yeah it felt rushed to the point that it felt like an introduction to the Avengers, but there is still some fun to be had.
I have a feeling that looking at the title you should know if you will enjoy this movie or not. Do you like Superhero movies? Or better yet, Marvel movies? Then you will like this one. I enjoyed this probably just as much as Thor, maybe for a bit different reasons, but both were just good Marvel movies. Nothing spectacular.
Chris Evans plays a great Steve Rogers. I really didn't like him in the Fantastic Four series, but after seeing him in Sunshine, Scott Pilgrim, and now Captain America, my opinion has really changed. I like the guy and think he has some real talent.
Hayley Atwell as Rogers love interest was also great. The two had some nice chemistry on screen, and one scene in particular really showed that the two had something going. She was sweet and innocent, but a hard-ass when she needed to be.
Tommy Lee Jones was definitely the right choice for the Col. He brought a lot of comic relief into the story and was an absolute blast in every scene. Hugo Weaving is also fun to watch as the villain. The dude can play a convincing bad guy, and I would love to see him in more. It's just a shame his character wasn't as fleshed out as I had hoped.
Speaking of fleshed out, that's a big problem I had with this movie. Characters being fleshed out. I have not read any of the Captain America comics, or really any comic books, besides Scott Pilgrim and Watchmen, but I have a feeling that the commandos in Captains squad are giving a little bit more back-story on them.....or even a name. All of them were nameless, which was a bit annoying really, because I would of loved to have gotten to know those characters more, especially with the screen time they got. His close friend Buckey Barnes was the only one that was really given any sort of information about, and like with Chris Evans and Atwell, the two seemed great together. Its unfortunate that...well, things happen.
The story feels a bit rushed and sloppy, it's obvious they just wanted you to get to know the character before the big Avengers movie hits theaters next summer. It was fine though, I had fun with it.
The cheese factor was a little too high for me. If somebody says "You're late" in a witty way and IS NOT followed by: "A wizard is never late nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to" then I don't like it. I understand a movie about Captain America has to have some cheese. I mean, whats America without a little cheese? Or is that France? Hmmm...
The special effects were cool, and the action was fun. The most impressive by far is Evans transformation. I still don't know how they did that, and to be honest I really don't want to. Movie magic people...movie magic.
Overall, this was a cool movie. It was enjoyable, but I couldn't help but feel like it should of been more fleshed out. Heres to hoping The Avengers is worth the wait....