Continuing the build up to AVENGERS with a review of the 5th Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – The 5th Marvel Cinematic Universe Film – Directed by Joe Johnston – Starring Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, Stanley Tucci, Kenneth Choi, Bruno Ricci, J.J. Field, Toby Jones, Richard Armitage, Samuel L. Jackson, and Stan Lee.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER is a very good movie, and certainly takes its rightful place alongside THOR and IRON MAN as appropriately awesome AVENGERS movies, but as with most of director Joe Johnston’s work, I never believe this world actually exists. It too often feels like we’re watching an old propaganda feature rather than a contemporary movie.
There’s a scene late in the movie where Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) wakes up. He’s just crashed the Red Skull’s plane and we know he’s gone missing and we know that he’s found in our present, but the room looks like the 1940s. There’s a building outside and a baseball game on the radio and a woman who looks a bit like Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) comes in to check on him. Steve asks where he is, she lies, and he breaks out, discovering that he’s actually in a false room inside a New York skyscraper.