Captain America: The First Avenger


Rating: 4 / 5 stars
By Sally Burgess, Technical Manager 

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is a scrawny young man with dreams of serving his country during World War 2. Constantly rejected for being unfit, he changes details of each application in the hope that each fresh attempt to get in to the Army will succeed. This doesn’t work, and it is during an argument over this with his best friend, Sgt. Bucky Barnes, that Rogers catches the eye of Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci)…who has perfected a serum that turns ordinary men into super soldiers. Rogers signs up, and transforms into a super-sized Steve Rogers. 

Rogers becomes the war effort’s poster boy after the experiments come to an abrupt halt, but he is put to the test after finding that Bucky, along with 400 other men, have been captured by Nazi officer Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving)…otherwise known as Red Skull. Schmidt was Erskine’s first ever super soldier before Erskine escaped to the U.S, and is more than a match for our muscle-bound hero… 

This is a great movie from Marvel Studios, who will be thrilling us all next year when The Avengers comes out. Iron Man, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Thor, Nick Fury and Captain America…in one movie. 

Oh YEAH. Anyway, I digress. 

Captain America has a level of humanism that isn’t found in many blockbusters. You actually get to care about these people before the action kicks in. Chris Evans, normally associated with roles as cocky arrogant upstarts, displays a humility perfect for the role. The CGI used to make him look scrawny before his transformation is fantastic. 

This is a super movie which I think the whole family can enjoy. There is some violence, but nothing too scary for the kids. Red Skull is pretty scary, but Voldemort is scarier! 

Highly recommended…go watch.
Standout Performance: Chris Evans 

This movie is now showing at Reading Cinemas in Queenstown. This review has been written and rated by Sally Burgess of Reading Cinemas Queenstown.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Rated: M- violence
Starring: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving
Genre: Action
Running time: 135 mins