Today we’re talking about the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger.
The story is extremely simple and a perfect transition from the simpler superhero movies of the 2000’s to the more complex ones after.
It’s amazing that they managed to have a movie set in WWII that had only 3 Nazis.
The villain is scary smart if over-the-top and the story is wonderfully soothing.
As much as I love the romance between Cap and Carter, the convoluted obstacles are tiresome and unnecessary.
I would also would have liked more nuances on the concept of patriotism, but that would come with the future movies.
This movie was extremely well cast and all the actors play their roles wonderfully. Again I think Red Skull was a little much, but all the others are fantastic.
This movie, more than Iron-Man or Avengers, sets the bar for Marvel dialogue. It’s clever, quotable, and has fantastic depth.
Visuals and Music
The movie’s special effects still look amazing a decade later and visually this movie is a treat.
The music is fantastic and works perfectly for the movie.
Our Blu-ray has a bug where the dynamic range (loudest vs softest sounds) is huge, making me spend most of the movie changing the volume or not being able to understand the words. This is actually pretty common for Marvel movies and really pisses me off.
That being said, the movie kept the attention of the entire family and made me want to re-watch all the Marvel movies.
The unambiguity of the movie is its strength, bolstered by its fantastic dialogue and acting. It was the last before Avengers changed the landscape and set the bar for storytelling. It is by far the best Marvel Phase 1 film (Arguably Phase 2 also).
Final Score: 4.5