CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER [Blu-ray]
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Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray
Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes and Peggy Carter to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull.
- Director: Joe Johnston
- Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
- Starring: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper
- Producers: Kevin Feige, Louis D'Esposito, Joe Johnston, Nigel Gostelow, Alan Fine, Stan Lee
Captain America leads the fight for freedom in the action-packed blockbuster starring Chris Evans as the ultimate weapon against evil! When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe, the world's greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous red Skull (Hugo Weaving, THE MATRIX). Critics and audiences alike salute CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER as "pure excitement, pure action, and pure fun!" (Bryan Erdy, CBS-TV/Movie Planet).
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However, when I heard they'd cast Chris Evans, I was outraged. At that time in comics, the push was to turn all the good guys into smart-aleck-y jerks, and while I'd liked Evans in the Fantastic Four (his performance was really the only thing worth watching in either movie, tbh), he wasn't built like Cap and I was convinced Marvel was going to remake Cap into a swaggering Johnny Storm clone. (Mind you, it worked great for Johnny Storm, but Johnny Storm is NOT Cap.)
Now, years later, I can't think of anyone else who could ever fill Evans' shoes as Steve Rogers or as Captain America. He's THAT kind of iconic. Marvel's done incredibly well with its casting overall, particularly with RDJ as Tony Stark, but to me, Evans went one better, simply because Steve is SUCH a difficult character to get just right. Evans captures that blend of earnestness, dedication and heart perfectly and never goes over the edge of being a goody-two-shoes or holier than thou. He's Captain America, but what always shines through is that little guy from Brooklyn who never ran from a fight.
I was further gobsmacked when I got a chance to watch the extended version of the movie and saw some of the behind the scenes. It never occurred to me just HOW much I had bought into the transformation without questioning it until I saw the actual footage of full-size Evans doing all the skinny Steve action -- floundering on push-ups, staggering in the alley, the body language and his so-palpable frustration and guilt at not being able to go. Yes, the CGI is beyond noteworthy, but it was the acting beneath that sold it. All the CGI in the world wouldn't have sold skinny Steve if the acting hadn't matched it.
As if that weren't enough, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter is absolutely luminous. In anyone else's hands, I think Peggy Carter would have been a typical love interest. Not with Atwell. Carter is one of the best depictions of a strong female I can think of in any action movie. She's not strong simply because she can punch people and she's a great shot. She's got courage to match Steve's, belief that won't break, and she never surrenders an inch of her femininity in doing so. I loved the One-Shot they did with her and was so glad they spun it off into her own series (and I'm still sorry they didn't go for season 3!) I was equally glad to see Dominic Cooper return there as Howard Stark - I love me some Howard.
There simply wasn't a character I didn't like in this, from Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes, to Toby Jones' perfect depiction of Doctor Zola, to Tommy Lee Jones' crusty Colonel Phillips, to Stanley Tucci's paternal Dr. Erskine. Even Senator Brandt's glad-handing and unscrupulousness in creating Captain America in the first place worked. If there was any weakness at all, it was *possibly* Hugo Weaving's Red Skull -- but admittedly, even in the comics, the Skull is usually a pretty over-the-top villain. One thing Weaving *did* capture well was the Skull's megalomania and jealousy that he, the genius, had been forced to take the guise of a monster while a nobody American from Brooklyn became the ubermensch ideal of Aryan perfection instead.
I know some people have complained because parts of it toward the end seem cheesy, but to me, it's a beautiful homage by Johnston to the war films of the 40s. I love the faint sepia tone, too, especially in contrast with the sharply colored and focused end.
And, I'll admit it: I cried twice during this movie, and I never, ever cry. Even as many times as I've now seen it, I still sniffle.
If I have any criticisms, it's that I wish they'd kept the deleted ending instead of the one they chose (Steve has some more to say and it's a masterwork of Nick Fury manipulating Steve in just a sentence or two) and I wish they'd made it clear that Steve had no option other than to do what he did. I've seen the novelization of this, and without giving away spoilers, the novelization both makes it clear that Schmidt jimmies the autopilot so the plane can *only* be diverted off course by someone of Steve's strength, and it has Steve explain this to Peggy as well. If you watch closely, you can see Schmidt breaking off a certain switch, but it's easy to miss. It's a bit annoying because I've seen countless people complain that Steve didn't look for options -- but in fact, there were no options other than the one he had, and people are too quick to forget that sacrifice is not only a part of war...it's pretty much what you'd expect out of a super soldier.
I would recommend getting the Blu-Ray or at least the extended version so you can see just how utterly amazing the transformation really is. I'm still sick this didn't get nominated for something. After all, when it's *so* good we don't question it -- that's when it's truly noteworthy.
Buy it, watch it, love it. You won't regret it.
I liked Cap somewhat when I read him in the comics growing up, but the X-men were my jam way back then. I think his evolution through the movies had a solid base starting here that helps me connect with the character better than I ever could with the comic version.
The movie is wonderful, and while I think it has some issues, it never failed to help me connect with the characters. I cried when Bucky died. I cried when Peggy had to let Steve go, and I cried again when we saw that look of anguish on Steve's face as he says he had a date.
Cap has never failed to make me feel things that I rarely feel for super heros or movie characters in general.
I am sorely going to miss him after Avengers 4, but like all good things... Chris Evans must move on to other things.
I am still completely impressed with how they CG'ed little Steve. I will forever be in awe with how much that must have taken for Chris Evans and his stand in to get all that right.
The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars from me is I did not fall in love with it on first blush. There were just too many little bits here and there that kept me from loving the movie as a whole, despite the fact that I adored Steve, Peggy, Bucky, the Commandos and Col Phillips.
Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer) has created a wonderfully immersive period piece and superhero epic. Johnston crafts a fantastic origin story for one of the oldest and beloved superheroes in comics history.
Great packaging, additional digital copy and a great film all in one perfect package for a great price.
Chris Evans is fantastic as Steve Rogers. He just seems like he was MEANT TO play that part. Sebastian Stan as Bucky is wonderful as well. Love their friendship.
And Evans chemistry with Hayley Atwell is superb!
Viewed in tandem with other Cap movies, this movie is exactly what it needs to be. This represents the worldview of the 1940's, the context that Cap is coming from in subsequent Avengers and Cap movies. It's what they contrast against, and they are better for it. That's not enough to make me say this movie is good per se. As I said above, it's what it needs to be for the saga.
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Far FAR better 3D conversion over the lacklustre 3D treatment of the (1st) Thor film. This Marvel film is up there with the latest MCU blu-ray releases with real depth and clarity to the picture. It really adds incredible depth especially in crowd scenes which really immerse you in the enviroment. There are some great stand-out 3D moments from the movie from start to finish. Recommended!.
I remember when I watched this I thought it was a pity he could not stay in the historical period setting for longer - although of course he had to be brought to the present day by the end of the film in order to pave the way for his role in the first Avenger's movie.
The picture quality is very good indeed and the 3D effect was much better than I anticipated for a 3D-converted release. Highly recommended.
Films are a personal thing, but that's my view on it. Go see Iron Man or The Avengers :)
The film is very good, it shows the progression of Captain America, Chris Evans is perfect at the role and the film is full of action and entertainment. A great Marvel film to add to the ever growing collection.
I also liked the heroine being attracted to him before his transformation.
Its a rip roaring adventure yarn with heart and humor and great performances all round.