Genetic mutation, massive explosions, a hideous villain, a beautiful love interest, impressive special effects; "Captain America: The First Avenger” has all the ingredients of a modern-day blockbuster action movie. Many films that use this same recipe often flop, but "Captain America” did just the opposite, creating a superhero movie that is both suspenseful and highly patriotic.
The biggest, most obvious, difference between "Captain America” and other current-day action movies is that it does not actually take place in the present day. While the first and last shots of the film take place in 2011, the rest of it takes place during the '40s near the end of WWII. This offers a look back into the early days of superheroes.
Not only does the film have top-notch special effects and cinematography, but it also has the solid acting that other action films so often lack. Rogers' love interest, officer Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), is a strong woman who takes her job seriously. Carter is one of the better action movie women to grace the screen, showing that not all ladies need to be damsels in distress. Rogers' supervisor, Colonel Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones), adds a hint of humor, and demonstrates that jokes can be used even when battling a man with a red face and no nose.
Some sequences of the film can be confusing for those of us who are not familiar with the "Captain America” comic books and a few parts of the film are repetitive. Overall, the film is a classically good superhero movie with nice twists to differ it from the dozens of others.
"Captain America: The First Avenger” (124 minutes) is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action. Now playing in theaters everywhere, with 3D at some theaters.
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