Joseph's Review of Captain America: The First Avenger
I was hoping for so much more from this film, and while it had some nice visuals and a few really cool scenes it was pretty unsatisfying overall. There were a lot of badly written scenes and one-liners, and some of the not-so-subtle political statements ("In the future there are no flags" - baddie, "NOT IN MY FUTURE" - goodie). The ending was also very annoying, it felt tacked on and completely devoid of any emotional pay-off. At all.
I did really enjoy Agent Smith's (aka Hugo Weaving) version of The Red Skull, especially the fact that he sounded EXACTLY LIKE WERNER HERZOG! and most of the action sequences were quite satisfying. Though even these were marred somewhat by poor CGI work, that tended to make Captain America's adversaries seem like they were made of papier mache, rather than making him seem incredibly strong. Despite how bad this all sounds, I have to compare it to other superhero movies and, as such, it comes off as one of the better ones, though at the low end of that spectrum.