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Captain America: The First Avenger

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  Captain America: The First Avenger Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
5.82 /10
Chris Evans , Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving
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Directed by: Joe Johnston
Written by: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on the Marvel comics

Released: 2011
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 124

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There is enough energy and imagination packed into Captain America to make you a bit sorry to see it all evaporate at the end. It might have been nice to be able to look forward to a few more sequels in the old, cheap, Saturday matinee style that the movie, at its best, pays tribute to, instead of another slick blockbuster. But progress is relentless, and superheroes can stay current only by changing with the times and synergizing their commercial powers... Captain America is a reminder, at once successful and self-defeating, of the kind of fun that comics used to be.
(A.O.Scott, New York Times)
Captain America: The First Avenger neither commits any terrible storytelling offenses nor takes any significant creative risks. If the director and the script took more chances with the material, Marvel could have had their best movie ever.
(Phil Pirrello, IGN Movies)
The details in Captain America deliver, but the big moments fall flat - you can tell that we're intended to cheer here, to weep there, but the scenes that try hardest to elicit emotions just feel deflated.
(Alonso Duralde, The Wrap)
You are not in for a giddy, winking, high-flying summer fling. And that's OK - there's something appealing about such an old-fashioned approach... Captain America is far more engaging when it's about a scrappy underdog overcoming the odds than it is about generic shoot-outs and exploding tanks. It only scratches the surface in trying to examine the perils of premature fame. And in satirizing our country's tendency to fetishize patriotism, "Captain America" doesn't have much that's new to say: We worship and cling to our heroes, whether or not they want or deserve our adulation? Is that it?
Still, such a reserved take on the subject might just be preferable to heavy-handed preaching.
(Christy Lemire, Associated Press)
The picture is nothing, really, that you haven't seen before, but it's the definition of a square, competent, deliver-the-goods blockbuster.
(Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly)
The perfect casting of Evans as well as the original approach to the action ultimately makes up for some of the annoying changes from the source material.
(Edward Douglas,
A capable, if somewhat unremarkable, affair, beset by the same origin-story shortcomings that plagued another U.S.-virtue-via-army-weaponry fable, Iron Man.
(Nick Schager, Slant Magazine)
If you take a World War II movie, dial up the action with contemporary visual effects and CGI, then give your hero a double dose of steroids and human growth hormones, you wind up in the movie/comic-book world of Captain America: The First Avenger. Captain America delivers comic-book action that should satisfy Captain Americaís fans, old and new, while Chris Evansí no-nonsense yet engaging portrayal of a man who doesnít know how to back away from a fight may cause young women to swoon and young men to join a gym... [But] in terms of even recent films, Captain America lacks the deft touch, appealing character interaction and sophisticated storytelling skills of Marvel Comicsí X-Men: First Class. And letís not even bother to compare this to Christopher Nolanís Batman series."
(Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter)
A throwback to the summer adventure movies of yesteryear, Captain America inhabits a world where the bad guys are bad, the good guys are good, and the day is saved in the nick of time - though with some original twists along the way. The latest superhero flick from Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures, Captain America is a solidly entertaining movie that, while lacking the wow factor of Thor or X-Men: First Class, tells an otherwise interesting summer yarn. It's pleasant and light-hearted tone is great for younger audience members, but it never dips below this surface of mindless entertainment. Overall Captain America is a pleasing popcorn movie: it's a light, easy snack of a film, but don't expect anything to stay with you after the movie is over.
(Josie Campbell, Comic Book Resources)
Not as good as the first Iron Man, not as bad as Green Lantern, it's almost a necessary, even obligatory panel toward next year's Avengers, but as a stand-alone adventure, it leaves much to be desired.
(Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com)
Captain America has a decent amount of heart and retro appeal, although neither can compensate for what is otherwise a rather ordinary comic book film.
(Tim Grierson, Screen International)

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