Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Action-adventure adaptation of the Marvel comic series, set in 1942, directed by Joe Johnson (The Rocketeer, The Wolfman).

After being deemed unfit for military service in WWII, a scrawny Steve Rogers (Chris Evans from Fantastic Four) volunteers for a top secret science project that turns him into Captain America, a super-soldier dedicated to defending justice and democracy against the Nazis.

The Captain's strength, endurance, agility, speed, reflexes, durability and healing are at the highest limits of natural human potential. The WWII confrontations lead to the ultimate foe in Red Skull (Hugo Weaving, The Matrix), Hitler's treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a magical object known as The Tesseract.

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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

As Marvel heroes go, Captain America must be the most vanilla of the lot.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The final piece of the Avengers jigsaw falls efficiently into place: decent acting, decent action, a few too many “we’re all heroes inside” platitudes. But it’s no star-spangled sick-maker, either.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Has a winningly pulpy, jaunty, earnest spirit.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

It goes without saying it's preposterous. But it has the texture and takes the care to be a full-blown film.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Mission accomplished, fairly enjoyably yes, but that's about it.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Sticking to its simplistic, patriotic origins, where a muscular red, white and blue GI slugging Adolf Hitler in the jaw is all that's required, Captain America trafficks in red-blooded heroes, dastardly villains, classy dames and war-weary military officers.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Charming, handsome and full of pep – all 70 year-old Cap lacks is a knockout blow. Still, Johnston should be saluted for old-fashioned heart in a cynical age, while Marvel should be confined to barracks for cynical marketing.

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

If you like your comicbook action pulpy and sweetly old-fashioned (our hero has never been kissed so don't expect much raunch) this may keep you entertained until the next superhero flick rolls along. Which should be any second now.

2.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

For the most part, it manages to balance laughs, genuinely rousing moments, and a fully packed agenda into something fleet enough to keep running under the weight of its rich ambitions.

0

One of the best of the Marvel bunch. Reminiscent a bit of Indiana Jones; a period set film of a normal man with 'superman' abilities. Fantastic

5.0
0

It's too short, rushed, squeezed in to too tight a run time to please middle American audiences - but, it's undeniably fun. Pitched right in the family film market - Joe Johnston (director of the awful 'The Wolfman' and less awful 'Jurassic Park 3') delivers a film owing lots to his mate Spielberg's "Indiana Jones" - and aside from a dumb-ass...

3.0
0

I had high hopes for this superhero flick. However the plot was dull. The character Captain America had about as much depth as Superman. If I had 5 hands, it would only get 2 thumbs up.

2.0
0

WWII one of the Darkest Chapters in Human History, We needed Heroes then like we need Heroes now. APPLY within.

4.0
0

This movie was a great adaptation of the Captain America comic series!! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Very true to the comic and would probably be quite a good movie for people who are not Marvel fans especially with the big budget effects and great acting! Excellent movie, I can't wait for The Avengers to come out now after seeing this!!

0

Full of action and romance. Love it.

4.0
0

I thoroughly enjoyed this. It was a refreshingly different from other Marvel big screen flicks & rather than saying it was better than Thor I reckon it was equally as good. I mean, both flicks delivered on action & hero hotness & afew good laughs. Bring on The Avengers!

4.0
0

One of the best super hero movies ever.

0

Maybe it's because I have such high expectations for all Marvel adapted films, but Cap wasn't as good as I had hoped for. The one thing I anticipated the most in this was seeing Cap kick ass, and a lot of it; I wish there had been a lot more of this. However it was a decent movie, definitely worth a watch. Oh and as for the now customary teaser, if you're a...

3.0
0

I love it, storyline closly adds up to the comic only with a couple of changes for the avenger sake. Not quiet as good as iron-man but pretty damn close.

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

As Marvel heroes go, Captain America must be the most vanilla of the lot.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The final piece of the Avengers jigsaw falls efficiently into place: decent acting, decent action, a few too many “we’re all heroes inside” platitudes. But it’s no star-spangled sick-maker, either.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Has a winningly pulpy, jaunty, earnest spirit.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

It goes without saying it's preposterous. But it has the texture and takes the care to be a full-blown film.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Mission accomplished, fairly enjoyably yes, but that's about it.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Sticking to its simplistic, patriotic origins, where a muscular red, white and blue GI slugging Adolf Hitler in the jaw is all that's required, Captain America trafficks in red-blooded heroes, dastardly villains, classy dames and war-weary military officers.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Charming, handsome and full of pep – all 70 year-old Cap lacks is a knockout blow. Still, Johnston should be saluted for old-fashioned heart in a cynical age, while Marvel should be confined to barracks for cynical marketing.

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

If you like your comicbook action pulpy and sweetly old-fashioned (our hero has never been kissed so don't expect much raunch) this may keep you entertained until the next superhero flick rolls along. Which should be any second now.

2.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

For the most part, it manages to balance laughs, genuinely rousing moments, and a fully packed agenda into something fleet enough to keep running under the weight of its rich ambitions.

0

One of the best of the Marvel bunch. Reminiscent a bit of Indiana Jones; a period set film of a normal man with 'superman' abilities. Fantastic

5.0
0

It's too short, rushed, squeezed in to too tight a run time to please middle American audiences - but, it's undeniably fun. Pitched right in the family film market - Joe Johnston (director of the awful 'The Wolfman' and less awful 'Jurassic Park 3') delivers a film owing lots to his mate Spielberg's "Indiana Jones" - and aside from a dumb-ass...

3.0
0

I had high hopes for this superhero flick. However the plot was dull. The character Captain America had about as much depth as Superman. If I had 5 hands, it would only get 2 thumbs up.

2.0
0

WWII one of the Darkest Chapters in Human History, We needed Heroes then like we need Heroes now. APPLY within.

4.0
0

This movie was a great adaptation of the Captain America comic series!! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Very true to the comic and would probably be quite a good movie for people who are not Marvel fans especially with the big budget effects and great acting! Excellent movie, I can't wait for The Avengers to come out now after seeing this!!

0

Full of action and romance. Love it.

4.0
0

I thoroughly enjoyed this. It was a refreshingly different from other Marvel big screen flicks & rather than saying it was better than Thor I reckon it was equally as good. I mean, both flicks delivered on action & hero hotness & afew good laughs. Bring on The Avengers!

4.0
0

One of the best super hero movies ever.

0

Maybe it's because I have such high expectations for all Marvel adapted films, but Cap wasn't as good as I had hoped for. The one thing I anticipated the most in this was seeing Cap kick ass, and a lot of it; I wish there had been a lot more of this. However it was a decent movie, definitely worth a watch. Oh and as for the now customary teaser, if you're...

3.0
0

I love it, storyline closly adds up to the comic only with a couple of changes for the avenger sake. Not quiet as good as iron-man but pretty damn close.

5.0
0