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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Making of a Real Hero -- Captain America, The First Avenger Movie Review

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After Iron Man and Thor, the first Avenger is finally here!  From Paramount Pictures and distributed by Solar Entertainment Corporation and United International Pictures, Captain America, The First Avenger debuts in Philippine theaters on July 27.

Captain America's story dates back during World War II when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) struggled to get into the military to serve his country.  Patriotic, selfless and determined, Rogers volunteers in an experimental program that turns him into a super soldier known as Captain America.  Captain America joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and other soldiers to wage war against HYDRA organization led by Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

Captain America tells the story of what heroism really is.  Unlike other Marvel superheroes Thor and Iron Man, Captain America who initially is the plain and weak Steve Rogers, already demonstrated courage, passion and love for country from the very start; traits that qualified him into becoming Captain America.  And as Captain America, Rogers was able to make bigger sacrifices for his nation, friends, colleagues and loved ones.  In fact, the character shows us the ordeals of the ideal superhero, the joys derived from helping others and the loneliness for giving up his personal happiness because of his role in the society.

The CGI technology that created the thin and weak Steve Rogers is a commendable cinematic illusion.  It was amazing to see Chris Evans shrink from his muscular built to a thin body.  The special effects of course, a Marvel trademark, didn't fail the fans' expectations.  From blasts and explosions to flight and fast moving train scenes, the visual effects employed were remarkably excellent.

Captain America may be a super soldier but his powers are extracted from the maximum human strength, hence giving us a parade of spectacular stunt scenes.  Perhaps the most amazing of it all are the scene where Captain America was able to make the right moves in a speeding jet and his motorcycle fight scene that really made a lasting mark!

Chris Evans was great acting the weak Steve Rogers.  You will really think that it's a different actor doing the role.  And as Captain America who initially became the armed forces' symbol / mascot to appeal for public support, the audience can't help but laugh with how Evans became a comic relief on the stage. As a hero, you will notice and appreciate more the stunts that Evans did in the movie.  Tomy Lee Jones also did well being the sarcastic but funny general of the army.  Thanks to the witty script that smoothly injected the funny punchlines in the dialogue.

Captain America is not an ultra extraordinary movie but it effectively utilized and executed the right elements to come up with an entertaining superhero and popcorn movie: a logical script, an inspiring story, a colorful backdrop / setting, fascinating special visual effects, heart pounding sound and music, death defying stunts, a horrible villain, a knightly male lead and a foxy leading lady.  The movie subtly plants what the audience may expect in the future such as the chance that a major character may still live and what will Captain America's next mission will be.

When you watch Captain America, just make sure though that you are entering the realm of the American nation setting as the story largely capitalizes on USA citizens' patriotism, where Captain America serves as the symbol.  It's better to have this mindset because if not, you will feel that the movie's theme may not be universal enough to cater to the global audience.  One may consider though that the movie's American setting is just a platform that the audience may use to adapt the movie's message to their respective country or society.

And lastly, make sure you don't leave the theater until the full credit roll is over as you will witness the part where the audience really cheered and clapped a lot -- the trailer of The Avengers movie!

From a scale of 1 to 10 claps, I'm giving Captain America a 7 1/2 plus a salute.  This is a family friendly film so I highly recommend it for your family's weekend movie time!  =)

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