Are you aware that when Captain America throws his mighty shield all those who chose to oppose his shield must yield? Captain America is easily one of my favorite superheroes of all time, being in my opinion one of the most heroic and, when written properly, badass characters ever to grace the medium. Created in 1941 by Joe Simon and Jack “The King” Kirby first appearing in Captain America Comics #1 the character was one of many patriotic themed heroes introduced during the Golden Age of Comics but is almost certainly the most memorial and long lasting. The character was reintroduced into Marvel Comics in 1963 in Strange Tales #114 as a sort of tease and then in earnest in 1964 in Avengers #4 and he hasn’t left us since. There have been several film adaptations over the years but shared this in common: they weren’t very good. Enter Marvel Studios’ attempt to set up a big budget Avengers film. Having huge success with Iron Man, and to a lesser extent the Incredible Hulk, in 2008 production for Captain America movie was inevitable. Unlike the other films in the franchise this movie was supposed to directly lead into the Avengers movie. Thus it was called Captain America: The First Avenger.
It was directed by Joe Johnston who also directed Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Jumanji, and The Rocketeer so he’s done a pretty decent amount of variety in his films. So far this year there have been ups and downs wit comic book films; Thor was pretty good, X-Men: First Class was really good but, even though I didn’t get a chance to review it, I was very disappointed in Green Lantern. In theory a Captain America movie, especially one that is set in the 40s, should be hard to mess up. Give a scrawny guy a super soldier serum and have him beat the shit out of Nazis? Box Office Gold! But seeing as we haven’t gotten the formula right so far one wonders if there’s any reason to give this film the benefit of the doubt.
Full review after the jump.
[WARNING: The following review has some spoilers so read at your own risk]