Captain America: The First Avenger

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With plenty of pulpy action, a pleasantly retro vibe, and a handful of fine performances, Captain America is solidly old-fashioned blockbuster entertainment.

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It is 1941 and the world is in the throes of war. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to do his part and join America's armed forces, but the military rejects him because of his small stature. Finally, Steve gets his chance when he is accepted into an experimental program that turns him into a supersoldier called Captain America. Joining forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Captain America leads the fight against the Nazi-backed HYDRA organization.

Cast & Crew

Chris Evans
Steve Rogers, Captain America
Hayley Atwell
Peggy Carter
Sebastian Stan
Bucky Barnes
Tommy Lee Jones
Col. Chester Phillips
Hugo Weaving
Johann Schmidt, Red Skull
Dominic Cooper
Howard Stark
Stanley Tucci
Dr. Abraham Erskine
Toby Jones
Dr. Arnim Zola
Stephen McFeely
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Louis D'Esposito
Executive Producer
Joe Johnston
Executive Producer
Nigel Gostelow
Executive Producer
Alan Fine
Executive Producer
Stan Lee
Executive Producer
David Maisel
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Critic Reviews for Captain America: The First Avenger

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  • The story squanders its own fine setup.

    July 14, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The best bit in this year's umpteenth comic book blockbuster, Captain America: The First Avenger, is when Tommy Lee Jones eats some steak.

    July 14, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • No clever messages here, just bang-on romance and action, with another fresh twist on 20th-century history woven in for the kids to dive into after the credits have rolled.

    August 1, 2011 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't try too hard for irony or style; the comic-book sensibility remains pure, square, and happily stupid.

    August 1, 2011

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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  • Evans is unprecedentedly touching and engaging for a superhero - and the rest of the cast help this adventure seem something close to character-driven instead of just being a bundle of stunts.

    July 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • These characters aren't just stick figures to fill in the time between the next set-piece; they talk, and argue, and appear to inhabit actual personalities.

    July 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Captain America: The First Avenger

  • Jul 21, 2016
    One of marvels worst "Captain America: The First Avenger" falls short on almost all platforms. Its poorly treated story line is executed in a horrible fashion as it butchers a cool idea and some major breakout performances from Chris Evans and Haley Atwell. The action sequences in this movie are plain and unoriginal. The scenes with action provided the minimum in order to get the job done to introduce another character into the MCU. Thank god we got the Winter Soldier or Captain America films could've not been in the cards for marvel is they created another failed attempt at a Cap movie.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2016
    3.5-4. Not bad, not outstanding. Mildly enjoyable but mostly forgettable.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2016
    Much like Iron Man 2, I wasn't a huge fan of The First Avenger the first time I watched this film years ago. But every single time I have watched it since, I have enjoyed it more and more. It has its cartoonish moments and an unmemorable performance from Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, but Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell bring so much charisma to the film that it's enough to outweigh some of the mishaps. Probably because we have been spoiled with how Joe and Anthony Russo have portrayed Captain America, but Joe Johnston doesn't get a ton of credit for his directing job. Granted, the film is uneven in tone at times and it has a certain amount of bombastic elements to its visuals, but The First Avenger is about as good of a job as you could do at introducing the man out of time. With the Avengers coming out merely a half a year after, the film had the task of giving a proper origin story to a man with morals structured around a completely different time period. It's the only true period piece Marvel has done as more than 90 percent of the film takes place in the 1940's as Cap receives super soldier serum in an attempt to counter Red Skull and Hydra's attacks. Red Skull felt much like every other Marvel villain, wasted. Weaving comes off as more cartoonish and James Bond-villain-like than the tone of the rest of the film. Even if that's who the character is in the comics, I think there were some changes that needed to be made. With that said, I really enjoy everything that's going on in the army, led by very solid performances from Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, and Hayley Atwell. Atwell is positioned as the love interest for Cap and it couldn't have been handled any better. Much like the film itself, their relationship in this film has grown on me over time. The First Avenger is an origin story through and through, but that doesn't stop it from having some cool action sequences both before and after Cap gets his suit. And of course, I have to mention the heroic score from Alan Silvestri. It was unfortunate that they didn't carry it over to The Winter Solider, but Henry Jackman ended up doing it justice. Overall, the most unique film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a solid way to introduce us to the undeniably likable Steve Rogers, even if it has plenty of faults both in front and behind the camera. +Cap & Peggy +Supporting performances +Silvestri's score +Evans' is so dang likable -Cartoonish Red Skull -Uneven directing 7.6/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2016
    I had a good time with Captain America: The First Avenger. It was a really good movie that I honestly appreciated more when I watched it again. Let me explain what I liked/disliked. Positives: 1. Characters; Chris Evans knocked it out of the park as Steve Rogers/Captain America. The effects work for Steve Rogers' skinny look was pretty impressive, it is kind of noticeable but for the most part its pretty impressive. I honestly felt for his character, the misery he feels was pretty emotional for me as I went through the same thing as he did. Once he turns into a beef cake he honestly just oozes awesomeness, Chris Evans is the definitive Captain America, I can't imagine another actor playing the character. I also liked Peggy Carter, hell she is so awesome that she has her own show I mean that says something! Tommy Lee Jones was Tommy Lee Jones, not much to say there all I can say is that he's awesome. Sebastian Stan is great as Bucky and the rest of the cast is great. 2. The look and feel; this film has great production design and I love the old school feel/look of this film. You honestly feel like you're in the 40s in this movie and Joe Johnston captures the timeline so well! 3. The villain; Hugo Weaving was really good as Red Skull, he could've been a little more compelling but for what he had to do for this film he did a great job! Negatives: 1. Tone at times and for most of the film; this film does have a dry feel to it and it does cause the film to feel boring at times. It doesn't bug me too much but I wanted some more energy. I'm not saying this film has to blow its load with tons of spectacle but I just wanted it to tone down on its dullness. 2. There is an over reliance on CGI and unfortunately some of it looks painfully noticeable and bad, especially the CGI used for the plane runway scene where Captain America is riding in the car, the CGI looked really bad I'm sorry. There are other scenes that are like that too that do take me out of the film at times. Overall: Captain America: The First Avenger was really good I liked the old school feel of the film as well as the characters and action sequences. The dry feel did kind of effect the film for me a little and it might bug some people, but if you can look past it this film is very solid with fun set pieces and it all lends to a really good movie that stands as a film of its own not necessarily a superhero explosion extravaganza... which come to think of it, the next movie is.... yay!
    Diyar G Super Reviewer

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