A blast from the past, eh?
As introductions go, this is up there with some of the very best. I seriously believe that 'Captain America: The First Avenger' is the most underrated movie in the MCU, and it is one that easily gets forgotten in the conversation. This lays the foundation for so much in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from things such as Hydra, Cap' himself, the Tesseract and S.H.I.E.L.D's birth. We see so much in this film and it is done so well. It is a fast-paced movie with action flying in from all over. The problem with this movie that I have is that it probably tries to do too much right away. I certainly think that there's a lot going on and it is, at times, difficult to keep up with the story. In addition, it is so incredibly fast-paced and that again makes it difficult to follow the story. Although I love it, like everything, it has its flaws. However, what I love is how well it captures the true nature and spirit of Steve Rogers, and how he embodies Captain America, he doesn't just become such a powerful figure. Chris Evans was born to play Captain America, even though he may have been questioning "why me?" all of those years ago. I'm certainly glad he accepted it because he brought this old-timer to a new era and this film really set the foundation for how the MCU wanted to work, even more than 'Iron Man'. Long story short, this is almost perfect in introducing Cap' to the rest of the world.
To elaborate on my previous point of Chris Evans being born to play Steve Rogers, we see him get even more comfortable with the character as he progresses through the MCU. However, his first outing sees him perform differently to what we're used to - and I don't see that as a problem. Besides the freaky CGI to make him skinny, his portrayal of a young and inexperienced Captain America is perfect, he nails it. I love that we see his character's evolution in this film be representative of his entire arc in the MCU. He is certainly made to stand for more than just the shield and propaganda, and those who surround him in the film help define his character. The film is about Captain America and it's one of the rare cases in the MCU where the villain doesn't actually have too much of an impact on the protagonist. This is where it feels a bit detached from other Marvel films as it is the story of Cap', not his reaction to Red Skull. It is a different take but it's very evident that this was meant to be the foundation film in the Captain America arc, not necessarily the first film in a trilogy. Red Skull is an incredible character and a brilliant villain, one that could have easily been put to better use. I love how he is portrayed but as Cap's traditional villain, I would have liked to see him have more of an impact on the story.
Duration: 2h 4 mins
Released: 29 July 2011 (UK).
My Rating: 7.7/ 10.