Tomato Monster Review: Captain America: The First Avenger
‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ is one of my favorite movies that I’ve seen in a long time for the simple reason that I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I enjoyed that they told Cap’s story as a period piece, and I bought it. It had the feel of an older movie, but didn’t submit itself to being cheesy or campy, despite what other people are saying. ‘The First Avenger’ isn’t a summer blockbuster because of massive CGI and explosions, but because it is a piece of good storytelling. The script was witty, obtaining just the right amount of humor. The super juiced Captain America managed to show his super human ability with a sense of realism. People often disconnect from the hero in a film because they can’t relate to the character. Not so with Steve Rogers. Chris Evans put together an impressive piece of acting, especially as pre-Captain America Steve Rogers. Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci were hidden gems in this cast, taking this movie up to a level it would have been unable to reach without them.
Many critics are saying that this movie was nothing more than a set-up for next summer’s blockbuster ‘The Avengers.’ I think the only truth to that statement is embedded in the title of the movie, dubbing Cap as the ‘First Avenger.’ Other than that, and of course the ending and the teaser trailer after the credits, this movie could stand alone as great telling of the origins of a legendary super hero.
Were there elements of weakness. Sure. I didn’t totally appreciate Cap’s identity crisis. It was the one moment in the film where it started to loose me with hints of cheese. Also, Hugo Weaving’s interpretation of the Red Skull was less than believable for me.
With that being said, ‘Captain America’ is a movie that I could watch in any mood. That is saying something. As a comic book nerd, I feel as if this is one of the most believable, while still remaining true to the character in print (especially 40’s Cap), comic book movies ever made. You served the summer well Cap. The Tomato Monster gives ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ a B+.
- A distinguishing trait that wins Steve Rogers the job of Captain America was his compassion
- The individual that has hunger and passion, humbleness & humility, and the willingness to instinctively sacrifice oneself for others is the one most fit to lead.
- Your gifts and abilities were given to you to be used. Don’t waste them.
Directed by: Joe Johnston, who had worked as a director in the period films ‘The Rocketeer’ and ‘October Sky’, was a logical choice as director of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger.’ Johnston got his start in the movie business working in special effects for George Lucas in the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy and with Steven Spielberg’s ‘Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ After that he had the itch to get in the director’s seat, and has built an anthology of work that has allowed him to use his passion for special effects. Johnston is probably most known for his work in ‘The Rocketeer’, ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’, and ‘October Sky. His average grade on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer in a directorial role is a 59%.
Written by: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely have collaborated together to write all of their movies except one (Markus – ‘The Life and Death of Peter Sellers). Together they have written 3 of the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ films, as well as the mob comedy ‘You Kill Me.’ Their average grade on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer is a 68.2%.
Budget: $140 million
- Joe Johnston was chosen as the film’s director for his work on the period adventure films The Rocketeer and October Sky.
- Kellan Lutz, Ryan Phillippe and Alexander Skarsgård carried out auditions, but ultimately the role went to Chris Evans.
- Emily Blunt turned down the role of Peggy Carter.
- This is the fifth live-action adaptation of the superhero. The first was the serial Captain America; the second was the TV movie Captain America and its sequel Captain America II: Death Too Soon; and the fourth was the theatrical film Captain America.
- To prepare for her role as Peggy Carter, Hayley Atwell trained six days a week.
- Chris Evans seventh comic book movie after the two Fantastic Four movies, TMNT (2007) Push (2009)The Losers, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
- Chris Evans declined the role three times before accepting the part. After that, he had a meeting with the director and the producers who convinced him to take the role.
- To prepare for his role as Bucky, Sebastian Stan watched many World War II films/documentaries, and drew inspiration from “Band of Brothers.”
- Stanley Tucci took the role of Dr. Reinstein because the role enabled him to use a German accent, which he always wanted to do.