Pretty solid characters, great pulp-esque story, solid period work... Really its one of those movies that would probably benefited from being a bit longer in spite of already being two-hours long. Some of the effects also don't quite work but there are pretty minor flaws for what's a very memorable movie. Big props to Hayley Atwell and her character of Peggy Carter for being a strong female whilst set in the 40s and not really bringing gender into it. Chris Evans was also pretty amazing as the Captain, but then comic book characters seem to be his forte.
This movie depresses the hell out of me. In the age of CGI we can make some real epics, and this is not one of them. The biggest, flat-out flaw, besides being an unecessary prequel that stars a cast made of particle board, is that within the first quarter of the movie, if not fifth, we see the monster, in all its bad CGI glory. It's like the lesson accidentally learned from Jaws is now utterly ignored.