Captain America

29 Dec

Director: Joe Johnston

Writers: Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay), and 2 more credits

Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Samuel L. Jackson

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 124 minutes

 

 

This is another big Marvel comic book adaptation that was released over the summer. It is set during WWII and has Chris Evans playing the eponymous superhero who emerges from the shell of a put upon weakling. It’s simple stuff and it’s all about little guys fighting back against bullies (that in this instance is a Nazi deep science division).

Generally, it’s all a bit ridiculous. Captain America is a very politically correct superhero of the 1930’s and ‘40’s and as such he struggles for impact as the focus of a post millennial action movie. That’s harsh, and sometimes ‘old versus new’ can work (as with some of the Hellboy films), but I struggled to be engaged with this.

There are some good explosions, the film is easy to follow and there is nothing very offensive about it at all. As such it should carry some family appeal. The supporting cast (including Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci and Dominic Cooper) are also decent. It’s that type of film – decent and solid, but by no means great. And for my money I preferred Thor who was another summer superhero of 2011.

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