Let’s start with the elephant in the room. Chris Evans plays Captain America, but he is also The Human Torch, so how is that going to work? You know what, while I was watching Captain America: The First Avenger, I never for one moment looked at him and thought isn’t that The Human Torch? This is a very different role for Evans, and possibly his best performance in a long time. Captain America is an excellent addition to the Marvel movie library.
If you have seen the movie trailer, then you would have seen the summarised version of Cap’s origin. Skinny guy who gets bullied in the streets is injected with superhero serum and becomes muscular soldier. I like that this origin story feels organic and not one of those things where we need to get the superhero out as quick as possible, so everything feels very forced and formulaic. The origin story here is steady and believable.
Cap’s pack of friends includes characters played by Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper and Hayley Atwell, all giving good performances. Atwell in particular, plays Cap’s love interest, and I found the romantic side of the film to be very interesting. She isn’t the usual “damsel in distress” kind of girl that the hero needs to save. No, she knows how to kick butt and shoot guns in a way that even the dudes are scared.
Hugo Weaving appears as the villain Red Skull, but his character isn’t all that interesting. He’s just the disfigured crazy bad guy who wants to take over the world, and his evil plan wasn’t even clear to me. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention, but I didn’t know what he was trying to do. Nevertheless, the Red Skull still manages to be menacing, and his red head isn’t as cartoony as it could have been. The encounters of Cap and the Red Skull are exciting and all the action scenes look good in 3D.
This film has references to other Marvel Studios films such as Iron Man and Thor, and there’s even a small wink to Indiana Jones. All the references are well controlled and not in-your-face like say, in Iron Man 2. Now that Thor and Cap turned out to be good, I am much more excited for Marvel’s The Avengers film in 2012, where we finally get to see the different superheroes come together. Make Mine Marvel!