I say my first review, as we already know this is not the last time we will see Captain America in action. No, not with the confirmation of a sequel, but with the 2012 Avengers film, which brings together Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk and a few other Marvel favourites. I start with this as I was just as excited to see the end credits of Captain America: The First Avenger as I was to actually see the film. The reason? At the end of the credits is a trailer for The Avengers! It is worth sitting through the what feels like 10 minutes of credits just to see this – I promise you.
But, back to the film in question. After Thor, I have been ‘patiently’ awaiting the next instalment in the Marvel collection and it didn’t let me down. The First Avenger covers a lot of ground, something they could have perhaps stretched out and told over two films, but the sfilm makers were, of course tied to the Avengers schedule. Director Joe Johnson who brought us last year’s The Wolfman has produced a brilliant film which uses montages where needed and slows the film down at key points to give us more in-depth detail of the storyline. I did however feel that there could have been a little more of Captain America himself in action.
Chris Evans was certainly a great casting for Caps, it was nice to see him place a non-cocky superhero (unlike Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four and even Lucas Lee in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and he certianly had to bulk up for the film, although I think he would loose out to Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in the bulkiest Avenger competition.
Hugo Weaving, has always impressed in the sci-fi genre; The Matrix, Lord of the Rings and of course the voice of Megatron in the Transformers trilogy, and he was highly entertaining as the Nazi Red Skull/Johann Schmidt.
Now for the 3D – I’ve said before that 3D films often disappoint, adding only minimal depth to the film. The trailer for The Three Musketeers (which was shot in 3D) looked more exciting 3D-wise that Captain America actually was. But the throwing of the shield, on several occasions, did have me jumping in my seat (unlike Thor which I thought had several opportunities to do so with the hammer).
Overall, I look forward to seeing Captain America united with Tony Stark and the gang in May 2012.
Captain America is in cinemas nationwide now (2D & 3D).
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