Captain America: The First Avenger(2011)
Predominantly set during World War II, Steve Rogers is a sickly man from Brooklyn who's transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull – Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry, and the leader of an organization that intends to use a mysterious device of untold powers for world domination.
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Ok, I'm not expecting realism. It is a fantasy adventure and I do enjoy this kind of cartoon action. I think this one just gets it a bit over the top. Maybe it's more tailored for a particular audience, but I just felt that it was a bit too jingoistic and maybe a bit too morally black and white for me.
If you're into the Marvel superhero stuff ie you read the comics when you were little like me, you'll love this screen adaptation of the character 'Captain America' . If I were to be critical , I'd say the acting was a bit cheesy in places but overall the film gives you that 'feel good ' factor and the sense that somewhere out there in the world, there are heros like Captain America. Good , entertaining stuff.
The first time I watched this film I was left deeply disappointed. The story seemed to lack gravitas and depth. However, upon a second viewing you realize that the makers are trying to tell a tale from the 1940's within a 2012 context. Accordingly, it may appear dated but that is actually part of its aim - to establish the back story of Captain America in his time . This it does well, sticking pretty close to the original story line, although there are some anomalies (They accept him for basic army training whilst he is still 4F?) the film hangs together well and provides a good introduction to the much more rounded character that appears in Captain America: Winter Soldier. If you watch that film without seeing this you will be missing the necessary history and it may be more difficult to follow.