Captain America: The First Avenger
Directed By: Joe Johnston
Karen and I rented “Captain America: The First Avenger” this weekend and I’ll have to say that I regret not seeing this in the theater. Director Joe Johnston did a wonderful job of creating an audience connection with Chris Evan’s character before and after his transformation of Captain America.
I’ll admit that I’m and action and adventure kind-of-guy. I just can’t get enough of it, especially when it’s one like Captain America. The acting I thought was very solid, nothing seemed over done or cheesy. Chris Evans did a fantastic job as Steve Rogers/Capt. America. His performance as a humble, yet determined young man was exceptional. I can see why he received a “People’s Choice Award” nomination.
I thought that Haley Atwell did a great job with the character of Peggy Carter. The scene that stuck with me is her smacking a mouthy soldier around, lady-like but tough as nails.
Other good performances were by Dominic Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones. I thought Cooper’s role as Howard Stark was really good and of course Tommy Lee nailed his roll as Colonel Phillips. But that’s not a big surprise, that’s the type of role that Mr. Jones is really strong/comfortable in.
I thought the special fx shots were done really well, I especially enjoyed the disintegration effects.
I think it’s fantastic that Marvel is interlacing the various character stories with the golden thread of the Marvel Universe. Small things that give fans that unique sense of excitement seeing a character connected with another. Some obvious ones in this movie were of course Howard Stark, Tony Stark’s (aka Iron Man) father working to develop advanced technologies in the 40’s, and who plays no small part in creating Captain America. Another is Samuel L Jackson’s role as Nick Fury of S.H.E.I.L.D. Watch the movie if you want to see more connections 😉