Captain America The First Avenger

Captain America The First Avenger is both a great setup for 2012’s Avengers and a perfect summer popcorn flick in its own right. It hews very close to the original 1941 comic book origin, with scrawny 4-F Steve Rogers volunteering for a high-risk experiment that transforms him into the super-soldier, Captain America, but with a few minor twists. At first, Captain America is used solely for public relations, appearing in musical numbers in order to sell war bonds and increase recruitment. Steve Rogers, however, does not want to be home safe and sound when others are fighting the good fight, and becomes the hero he was meant to be.

Captain America The First Avenger

Review and recap Captain America The First Avenger

You don’t need to know anything about the comics to enjoy this movie, but Marvel fans will be gleeful at the many shout-outs to characters old and new, including the Howling Commandos. The villain, of course, is the Red Skull, played perfectly by Hugo Weaving, who has a gift for portraying cold-blooded schemers.

Captain America The First Avenger

There is not a lot of originality in Captain America; while some summer action flicks also make you think, such as Inception, this one is honestly and openly a “brain in neutral” film. It misses on a few key bits; the relationship between Steve Rogers and Bucky is not as well developed as it needs to be, given its ultimate importance. There are a few spots where a given point is hammered home a bit too hard — the drive Steve Rogers has to enlist and fight, despite his poor physical condition, is made obvious to the audience in about half the time devoted to it.

These are nitpicks, however. The film isn’t High Art, but it doesn’t aspire to be. It aspires to be a movie about a guy wearing a red-white-and-blue uniform who beats up Nazis, and that is exactly the movie you get, with humor, action, and drama mixed in appropriate proportions.

Captain America The First Avenger

The sequel, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a more thought-provoking film, and the contrast between the two is a nice metaphor of the contrast between the America we want to be (The First Avenger) and the America we fear becoming (The Winter Soldier).

Characters and cast of Captain American The First Avenger include:

Steve Rogers/Captain America – Chris Evans (The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Fantastic Four)

Nick Fury – Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Unbreakable, Extras, RoboCop, Jackie Brown, Hard Eight)

Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier – Sebastian Stan (Hot Tub Time Machine, Black Swan, Gone, Rachel Getting Married)

Dr. Arnim Zola – Toby Jones (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, My Week with Marilyn, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Infamous, The Painted Veil, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1)

Peggy Carter – Hayley Attwell (Conviction, Agent Carter, Cinderella, Agents of SHIELD, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Pillars of the Earth)

Col. Chester Phillips – Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black, No Country for Old Men, The Fugitive, Jason Bourne, Lincoln, Double Jeopardy, JFK, Lonesome Dove)

Johann Schmidt/Red Skull – Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings)

Howard Stark – Dominic Cooper (Need for Speed, Dracula Untold, Preacher, Agent Carter, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, My Week with Marilyn)

Heinz Kruger – Richard Armetage (Berlin Station, Hannibal, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, MI-5, Alice Through the Looking Glass)

Dr. Abraham Erskine – Stanley Tucci (The Terminal, The Devil Wears Prada, BoJack Horseman, Fortitude, The Hunger Games: Mockingly – Part 1, Margin Call, Julie & Julia)

Timothy ‘Dum Dum’ Dugan – Neal McDonough (Minority Report, The Jesuit, Suits, Arrow, Justified, Flags of Our Fathers, Band of Brothers)

Gabe Jones – Derek Luke (Roots, Rogue, Empire, The Americans, Madea Goes to Jail, Friday Night Lights, Notorious)

Jim Morita – Kenneth Choi (The Wolf of Wall Street, The People v. OJ Simpson, Allegiance, Sons of Anarchy)

James Montgomery Falsworth – JJ Feild (Centurion, TURN: Washington’s Spies, Austenland)

Pvt. Lorraine – Natalie Dormer (The Tudors, Game of Thrones, Elementary, Rush, The Forest)

Tower Keeper – David Bradley (The Strain, Game of Thrones, Broadchurch, Harry Brown, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Vanity Fair)

Connie – Jenna Coleman (Emmerdale, Doctor Who, Me Before You, Victoria)