Captain America: The First Avenger ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Cameron Williams

STEVE Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to join the army during World War 11, but is deemed unfit for service.

His chance comes after volunteering for a government project to test a super-soldier serum. Soon after, Captain America is born and Rogers must take down the scientific wing of the German army, HYDRA, led by the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

Grounding the character outside of the comics is hard because Captain America is a walking piece of propaganda.

Director Joe Johnston balances the emotions and explosions and delivers action in big, thrilling doses.

Every role is perfectly cast; Evans brings heart and courage to Rogers.  Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Sebastian Stan and Dominic Cooper shine in smaller roles, and Hayley Atwell brings strength and beauty to the romantic-interest role.

Weaving is a menacing villain, but that’s easy to do when playing a Nazi.  His character is heavily underdeveloped and it’s disappointing for a great actor.

“Captain America: The First Avenger” will put a big, dumb grin on your face, it’s so much fun. Make sure you sit through the credits for a first look at “The Avengers”.

Reviewer Cameron Williams has a movie website at popcornjunkie.wordpress.com
Regular film reviewer Dougal Macdonald is on leave

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