Captain America: The First Avenger Review

This is a re-review of the movie. My first review was done after seeing it in the theaters twice. This new review was done after seeing the movie at least 5 times and with all the ins and outs of the Marvel Movie Universe. 

If you want to check out my original review, click HERE:

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Rotten Tomatoe’s Rating: 79%, 6.9/10

Audience Rating: 73%, 6.4/10

Shadow’s Rating: 8/10– This movie need that one, really really good action sequence or memorable action moment that it is missing. But it is still a super solid movie and well well above average.

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Plot in a Nutshell: The Allies are looking to change the course of WW2 by creating a super soldier and choose puny Steve Rogers as the first one to become Captain America. A sub division of the Nazi’s called Hydra led by the Red Skull wants to destroy the world. The two sides fight. Plus… bridge to the Avengers movie.

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 Spoiler Free Thoughts…

– Chris Evans is 100%, perfect casting for Steve Rogers and Captain America. Marvel is just so good an nailing their casting, even with people who are not big names.

– Hugo was good as the Red Skull as well. Although I wish Red Skull was a bit more evil and terrible (he is really one of the meanest son of a bitches in the comics) other than the generic “kill everyone” thing. He was well played though. And I love his new origin for the movie universe in comparison to the comics. Made him more of an equal for Cap.

– The rest of the cast is solid.

– A lot of people hate the fact that it is a 40’s period piece. I like it. Makes it stand out a bit more and gives you something different. Very few super hero films are set in the past (I can only think of X-Men: First Class off the top of my head) so that was cool. I can understand how the old school cheesiness may have been a bit much.

– The action in the movie was only slightly above average. It really needed an action moment that was like, “FUCK YES!” The final set piece was just ok. I did like the first time we saw Cap in action but the middle action pieces left a lot to be desired. Cap was almost too indestructible unless he faced Red Skull.

– I loved the music for this movie.

– On a first time view, the Avengers stuff may have been a bit heavy handed. But… since the MCU has been established and there have been multiple movies it fits better now. One of the beauties of the MCU.

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Spoiler Filled Thoughts After the Jump…

– I really really do not like how Bucky died. I really think they should have had him go out more of a hero doing something heroic. Not pick up Cap’s shield and then get blasted. Probably my biggest complaint about the movie.

– The Red Skull being a failed super soldier experiment is a great change in the origin.

– The Howling Commandos needed WAY more screen time. I also would have liked to see Nick Fury on the team but I guess they are not going with the Infinity Formula idea. But, I am assuming they didn’t get more screen time because they were never planning on going back to the past so why waste the time?

– Couldn’t have Cap tried to land on the ice instead of crashing it into the water?

– Not a huge of the montage in the middle. It was ok but I think it could have been done a bit better.

– I wish they would have shown how Cap learned to fight lol.

– I really really wish they would have dropped an Easter egg about the SHIELD and Vibranium and Wakanda.

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