As I walked into the theatre my thought was of fear!!! For me to be happy about this film, it had to only be the greatest film of all time! No pressure, eh?
We always say that to make a good comic book movie you need to stay close to the source material, and make the character interesting and likable. It needs to have spirit and most importantly, it needs to be accessible to kids of all ages.
Check, check, check, check and check!
‘Captain America – The First Avenger’ is an incredible look at the making of a hero! From his humble and meek beginnings we see a man who believes in something so hard, he’ll do anything to get it. This, during a world conflict that clearly defines good and evil! On the other side we meet the Red Skull who is the absolute opposite of Steve Rogers; so power hungry he’ll kill anyone and anything who gets in his way!
The pacing of this film is as perfect as you can get. The story has time to breath and isn’t weighed down by anything unnecessary. The action scenes are like watching comic book panels come to life; heroic and full of action. For longtime Cap fans, the appearances of Dum Dum Dugan, Arnim Zola and Peggy Carter was a treat and a brief glimpse into the ‘Winter Soldier’ was just icing on the cake!
As Cap, Chris Evans was perfect and will make you forget he was the Human Torch! And Hugo Weaving was just as impressive. Even behind the ultra cool looking mask, he was full of hate. Haylee Atwell (Peggy Carter), Tommy Lee Jones (Colonel Philips) and Sebastian Stan (Bucky) were all excellent additions and played their parts perfectly.
So as you can imagine…I loved this movie! It has for me become my favorite superhero movie and the blueprint any director should follow when making a film because Joe Johnston created an absolute masterpiece!
Matman Rating – 5 out of 5 stay for the trailer past the credits!