Captain America: The First Avenger

After years of waiting, the star-spangled war hero finally got his own big-screen epic. Without a doubt, the usage of the word "epic" to describe this film is being extremely generous. I would love to be able to wholeheartedly call this film an "epic", but terms such as: fatuous, dull, bland and goofy are what honestly describe the movie.

Let's start with the films positive attributes. The cast was solid. Chris Evans as Captain America was not a complete disaster. He is certainly not my choice for the roll, however he pulled it off decently. I didn't have a problem with any of the cast members in their respective rolls. An additional positive tidbit would be the storyline as a whole. The traditional Captain America costume was explained very well as being a showtime tool to help sell war bonds; seems logical to me. The story stayed true to the origins of the character, and incorporated tie-ins such as Howard Stark and Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos.

Unfortunately, that is where the positive elements of this film come to a grinding halt. Most aspects of the movie were presented in such a goofball nature. Everything seemed petty. Everything was generic. The overall tone of the movie was very much in the vein of dunce-capped Hollywood normality. Red Skull looked more silly than he did frightening and grotesque. The Hydra soldiers looked more like a group of bikers ready to spend a night on the town in their leather romper suits. No term would describe Hydra better than, "generic goons". Even worse than that were the blue-laser spitting rifles they were totting. Why were they not using the real Nazi weapons of the time? Where were all of the MP40s?

The dialogue was dimwitted. The set design was forgettable. The New York City sequences did not look like New York City at all, in my opinion. The stereotypical "bam" and "boom" fighting sound effects were ever-present in great quantities. The movie was not produced in a serious tone whatsoever. Everything was very bland and everything was very dismissible.

I wish that I could have enjoyed this movie, as it has been something that I have been anticipating since my love of comic books began as a child. Unfortunately, I would rate "Captain America: The First Avenger", a lowly 4/10.