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Tell us what you thought of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 7:06 am · July 23rd, 2011

You all know I’m way in the plus column on Joe Johnston’s “Captain America: The First Avenger.” The film hit theaters nationwide yesterday. We’d love to hear your thoughts, so head on back here with them once you get around to it this weekend.




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  • 1 7-23-2011 at 7:46 am

    N8 said...

    Terrific fun. Hugo Weaving owned it.

  • 2 7-23-2011 at 8:09 am

    SC said...

    I thought it was the best superhero film of the summer, and I liked “Thor” and “X-Men: First Class” quite a bit.

  • 3 7-23-2011 at 8:10 am

    JJ1 said...

    I found it competently made. Nice camerwork, sets, & costumes. I loved the original song (and dance number). The 2 hours went by relatively quickly. And it’s far from the worst thing I’ve seen all Summer.

    But this left no impact on me, whatsoever.

    -Chris Evans has an amiable presence. But after Steve’s initial humble backstory & neat-o transformation, I was bored by him.
    -Hayley Atwell is hot. I liked her steely demeanor. But she still does nothing for me, as an actress.
    -Tommy Lee Jones? Fun times.
    -Stanley Tucci? My fave supp. performance.
    -Hugo Weaving? Stock evil.
    -Toby Jones? Barely registered.

    As far as characterization and dialogue goes, I found it nil. Other than Tucci & Evans having their moment with the schnapps. I can’t remember any other scene where anything meaningful or off-the-cuff was discussed for over a minute or so in length.

    The action was decent in spots, boring in others.

    I just thought the entire film was a bit too-familiar & lacking in wow factor. I don’t mind origin stories. But this one just didn’t do it for me {shrugs}. Still, not bad. 6.5/10

  • 4 7-23-2011 at 9:06 am

    mrmcfall said...

    LOVED it.

  • 5 7-23-2011 at 9:11 am

    Kevin Ketchum said...

    Loved it. The cast is all on their A-game. Tucci and Tommy Lee Jones in particular are clearly having the time of their lives. Chris Evans was born to play Steve Rogers. Hayley Atwell brought to life one of the strongest female characters in a blockbuster in years. And we can’t forget Hugo Weaving’s (to steal your word) delicious Werner Herzog impression as Red Skull.

    The production values are top notch too. I’m almost more in love with the look and feel of the film than the film itself. It is that gorgeous looking. The art direction, costumes, makeup, cinematography, and score are all excellent.

    But luckily, the story is no slouch. Proof that when you make a superhero film that isn’t just an Avengers tie-in like Iron Man 2 and (to a lesser extent) Thor were, you get something really special. Character over franchise building. Works every time. The love story is genuine and sweet, the main plot is a blast, the humor is all earned. It nails the character work down pat. It definitely also has the best action scenes of any Marvel Studios film in my measure. In fact, I’d agree with Kris, it is definitely their best film since Iron Man, maybe even better. The best part about it, really, is that it’s not like every other superhero film. It’s something new and different. I can’t express how truly refreshing that is. Love love love it.

  • 6 7-23-2011 at 9:13 am

    kel said...

    I think what made it work was that it took place in the “real world” so to speak. The only superhero movie that works on another planet is of course, Superman. Thor’s home universe was alright, but The Green Lantern’s was just pretty awful..

  • 7 7-23-2011 at 9:17 am

    JJ1 said...

    I feel like I watched a completely different movie from the rest. Again, not bad. I just found nothing overly special, aside from the look of the film. And Red skull/Hydra was pretty lame, in my opinion. Their menace was considerable enough, but their actual threat was flimsy.

  • 8 7-23-2011 at 9:41 am

    Duncan Houst said...

    Joe Johnston seemed to be trying really hard to make it as awful a film as possible, and the film was really only saved by the work of the cast, the tragic nature of the titular hero, the sprinkling general mythology of the Marvel universe, and Haylee Atwell’s “figure”. I liked it, but not much more than that.

  • 9 7-23-2011 at 9:57 am

    Ben M. said...

    I put some thoughts on the review of the film, but I’ll repeat that it is a really enjoyable movie, and probably my favorite of all the big tentpole releases so far this summer.

  • 10 7-23-2011 at 9:58 am

    James said...

    I enjoyed it not only for its time period, art direction, and performances, but also its sort of Americana spirit. Michael Bay provides patriotism, but in this film its actually earnest. No cyncism here in this film. No forced complexities that feel forced. A superbly fun throwback and I wish more blockbusters were like this.

  • 11 7-23-2011 at 10:31 am

    al b. said...

    I loved it! The best Avenger film yet! The cast was amazing, with great turns from Evans, Jones, Atwell and Weaving. The film had an amazing look to it and the costumes were spot-on!

    A genuinely FUN superhero movie! Wish more comic-book movies were this fun!

    My ranking of the Avenger tie-ins:

    1. Captain America
    2. Iron Man
    3. Incredible Hulk
    4. Thor
    5. Iron Man 2

  • 12 7-23-2011 at 11:12 am

    Tony Rock said...

    I’m kinda of over “just fun” superhero movies. Give me another Dark Knight or Watchmen or even a Kick-Ass. Something that subverts or challenges even a little bit.

  • 13 7-23-2011 at 12:58 pm

    m1 said...

    Iron Man 2 was crap.

  • 14 7-23-2011 at 3:10 pm

    Loyal said...

    I saw it a couple of days ago. I really enjoyed Capt America, it’s up there with Iron Man as my favorite Marvel Studio film. I loved the look and design of the film (very Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow which is either a good or bad thing depending on your aesthetic ). Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, and Toby Jones all turned in interesting performance. I also really enjoyed Howard Stark, Tony is very much his son. I even liked Chris Evans, which was a huge surprise.

    The film tied into the Marvel universe without going overboard (I’m looking at you Iron Man 2 and Thor). Lots of nods to Joe Johnston’s work on Indiana Jones, including one brilliant line of dialogue about a certain ark.

    I will add this, my audience didn’t like it. No applause at the end or noticeable reactions throughout the film. I think the look is jarring, the mixture of laser beams, odd visual effects, and old school jingoism does not endear Captain America to the audience. But to hell with the audience, the film is fun.

  • 15 7-23-2011 at 5:56 pm

    Al said...

    I enjoyed it and it seemed like everyone in my packed theater enjoyed it as well. I just wish the chases/ fights weren’t so routine and a little more elaborate. I was also hoping for a little more “rah-rah” patriotic dialog, but these are just petty problems, I had a great time.

    Also, my audience went absolutely nuts for the after credits bit.

  • 16 7-25-2011 at 10:54 am

    James The Greatest said...

    I’m already scribbled my thoughts more thoroughly on my blog, but some bullet points here:

    - Chris Evans was charming and likable in the best way.
    - I loved the sepia tones of the cinematography during the Steve .
    - The filmmakers tried their best to make Red Skull less cheesy, but despite a decent performance by Hugo Weaving… it still looked a little silly.
    - The movie was vaguely color-by-numbers superhero fare, but it felt unique and fun with more heart than usual.