This one’s worth checking out.

Red Skull, hiding behind the face of Hugo Weaving.

Fun; silly but likable

I managed to take a superhero-movie with the Norse God of thunder semi-seriously, so I wasn’t really having a hard time with Captain America.

The first things that cross my mind when thinking of the Captain America-character, include the silliness of his whole concept and the movie Team America, which mercilessly made fun of America’s self-loving and hardcore patriotism. Perhaps Captain America would turn out to be a serious version of that film? Minus the puppets, I mean. Well, kind of but it was still better than I expected.

The film opens similarly to Thor; a group of modern-day scientist discover a strange aircraft in the Arctic which seems to contain the shield of America’s greatest hero who has been presumed dead for very long. The film then cuts to Tønsberg in Norway, 1942. A Nazi officer named Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving), a.k.a Red Skull, siezes some kind of monestary where he finds a cube – or, more precisely, a tesseract – which he believes to be the key to ultimate power. He takes it home to his helper Dr. Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) to see what it can do for them.

In New York we join Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), who has tried and failed several times to join the army and help his country in their battle against the forces of Hitler, but due to his scrawnyness and health issues he gets rejected each time. One day his best friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) brings him to an exhibition of futuristic technology and machines, some created by Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) – yes, that would be the father of Tony Stark, a.k.a Iron Man. There he meets Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci) who is actually interested in recruiting young Rogers as part of an experiment to create a soldier with superhuman qualities.

They're not cracking up? Give 'em a medal.

Rogers in costume.

And so Rogers finally joins the army, where he develops an interest in agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and tries desperately to gain the trust of his colonel, Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones). Eventually, Phillips agrees to let Erskine use Rogers in his experiment to create a real superhero. The experiment goes well and Rogers becomes stronger, faster, more agile and taller and an American hero right away – Captain America.

Yes, it takes little time before Rogers puts on his trademark ridiculous outfit and shield and I am still not sure I know why he needs all that stuff in battle. Nevertheless, the scene where he becomes Captain America is actually quite clever; we see Rogers star as himself in the Captain America-serials from the 1940’s and we also see some comics based on him. I’ve always liked comicbook movies that show us that Marvel base some of their stories on “true events”.

I liked Captain America. Not much, but I liked it. Much like Thor, it could have been a lot worse, as proven by previous films based on the Captain. I must point out that the visual effects are well done, especially when making Chris Evans look short and skinny – very convincing, I can assure you. His outfit, though, can never be taken seriously, I’m afraid, but they tried their best to make it look good. Red Skull’s “real” face could’ve used some more work, though.

Speaking of Red Skull, I would really like to know more about him and that tesseract he obtains. What is it, where is it from and (SPOILERS!) how does it suck him into space during the film’s climax?? I am confident this and more will be revealed in The Avengers in 2012, when we’ll see Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and hopefully The Hulk together. Loki from Thor will be the villain in it, I know, though I have a strong  feeling that we have not seen the last of Red Skull. If they make an Avengers 2 I want them to fight him.

What of the 3D, then? Oh, it was the same as usual, except during the end credits when it actually worked. The film is worth checking out, but avoid 3D-screenings; for your own good.

3.5/5 whatever

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