Captain America: The First Avenger

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Year of Release: 2011

Genre: Comic Book

Related To/Remake Of: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War (sequel), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (sequel), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

Directed By: Joe Johnston

Music By: Alan Silvestri

Starring: Chris Evans (as Steve Rogers/Captain America), Hayley Atwell (as Peggy Carter), Tommy Lee Jones (as Colonel Chester Phillips), Hugo Weaving (as Johann Schmidt/Red Mask), Sebastian Stan (as James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes), and Stanley Tucci (as Dr. Abraham Erskine)

Basic Plot: A 98-pound weakling is given a serum that transforms him in to a super-soldier. Initially used as an Army PR spokesman, he finally gets his chance to show his mettle when a new menace to America, the mysterious orginization know as “Hydra”, threatens to take over the world.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: A great feel for the 1940s setting, with set design and costumes that make the era come alive. Chris Evans is wonderful in both aspects of the role, playing a convincing pushover with as much heart as when he dons the red, white, and blue costume of the movie’s hero. The normally throw-away role of the hero’s love interest is instead a great character all her own, with a witty and strong performance by Hayley Atwell. And, of course, the always reliable Tommy Lee Jones picks just the right tone for the gruff and grumpy Colonel Phillips.

Cons: Perhaps a little too simplistic for some, and the character of the Red Skull is pretty cardboard when it comes to depth or dimension.

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