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Captain America: The First Avenger: Film Review

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by Carrie Tong (subscribe)
Carrie Tong studied the Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at the University of Sydney, and is currently seeking employment.
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What can I say about Captain America: The First Avenger?

Well, for starters, Captain America is a major hunk. Major. Hunk. Need I repeat that? I remember reading a review of Thor where the writer was repeatedly saying how much of a hunk Thor was. For me, Chris Hemsworth (the actor who plays Thor) is absolutely no match for Chris Evans (the actor who plays Captain America) when it comes to hunkiness. Chris Hemsworth has a bit of a sneer about his face. Chris Evans has both the build of a strong man and the face of a good one. There's no beating that, really. But let us move on from superficialities and talk about the actual film.

I was a bit worried when I sat down to watch Captain America, to be honest. Watching it was definitely not something on my to-do list, and if it were up to me, I probably would have chosen another film (one of my friends was very excited as to how "craptastic" it would be). I had also watched Transformers: Dark of the Moon recently, and even though I was a major follower of the first two films, I was so bored that I actually wanted to sleep during the movie. I blame some of that on watching too many movies in the cinemas lately, and on the early start that morning. Anyhow, after the Transformers experience, I was hesitant to go back to the theatre, for fear of getting bored and tired again. But much to my surprise, I found Captain America rather engaging.

Captain America was beautifully shot with a 1940s feel. The costumes, the make-up, and the sets all played their part to make Captain America look more like a historical film than a superhero film. What I found particularly interesting about Captain America was that there was a rather large element of male makeover in the film. There are always countless movies where less-than-attractive girls are somehow made the most popular girls of their respective schools, but there are few (if any) movies where a guy gets the makeover instead. It was confounding to watch Chris Evans' transformation from skinny to yummy. Only afterwards did I realise that special effects are up to the standard nowadays where body doubles can play a significant part in the acting, only to have their heads replaced by that of the main actor.

What I loved about this film was that there was always something happening. It's a strange thing to say, but I'm sure you will know what I mean. For example, you would think that things would become less interesting once the all-important makeover takes place: but they don't. There's always something to do, there's always a new plan or a twist or turn, and there are always unanswered questions that are sometimes (and refreshingly) never answered. It is refreshing that this film glosses over some details, because it is a reminder that in life, nothing is ever shown to us quite that exactly or perfectly. We just need to work with what we've got.

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Why? Hunkiness and history
When: July 22, 2011 (United States), 28 July 2011 (Australia) 29 July 2011 (UK)
Where: In cinemas
Cost: Check with local cinema
I enjoyed reading your review. What I loved about Captain America (and what I felt was lacking in the non-Avengers-leadup superhero movies) was the dry wit. Whenever the movie approaches mawkish or schmaltzy – and it does so very often indeed – one of the characters makes a quip that brings it back to reality. The doctor who effected Captain America’s transformation was excellent in that regard; remember him drinking both shots of schnapps the night before the ‘procedure’? Even excellent DC movies like The Dark Knight are woefully lacking in humour. I suspect Christopher Nolan is to blame, not the source material: historically, Batman has been much funnier than Captain America.
By Sean Goedecke - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 3rd of August @ 10:35 am
I loved this movie, so much more than I ever thought I would.

I have to admit, I was pretty excited when I heard about this movie but when I have high hopes for movies they usually end up getting crushed. This was not the case with Captain America.

As Sean has mentioned, the dry wit was great. It's also what I enjoyed about the Iron Man films. You need humour in these movies!

I loved the feel to this movie, the costumes, the scenery, it was all lovely. I must say that I am incredibly excited for The Avengers.
By Daniella - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 19th of October @ 01:35 pm
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