Friday, July 22, 2011

Captain America: First Avenger

The film Captain America: First Avenger opened today to mixed reviews. The film stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, a World War II vet who is enhanced to human perfection by an experimental serum. Directed by Joe Johnston, the film and characters are part of a broader Marvel Cinematic Universe, which includes the films, The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Thor. Many of the characters will team up in next summer’s The Avengers. 

Critical reaction

Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel gave Captain America: The First Avenger a positive review stating, "Johnston has delivered a light, clever and deftly balanced adventure picture with real lump in the throat nostalgia, with Nazis -- who make the best villains, and with loving references to Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark".

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times remarked, "I enjoyed the movie. I appreciated the 1940s period settings and costumes, which were a break with the usual generic cityscapes. I admired the way that director Joe Johnston propelled the narrative. I got a sense of a broad story, rather than the impression of a series of sensational set pieces. If Marvel is wise, it will take this and Iron Man as its templates".

A. O. Scott of the New York Times declared that "... this origin story, directed by Joe Johnston and starring Chris Evans as the square-jawed, shield-throwing, red-white-and-blue Captain, is pretty good fun".

Conversely Karina Longworth of The Village Voice gave the film a negative review, calling it "[A] hokey, hacky, two-hour-plus exercise in franchise transition/price gouging, complete with utterly unnecessary post-converted 3-D".

Peter Debruge of Variety said "Captain America: The First Avenger" plays like a by-the numbers prequel for Marvel Studios' forthcoming avengers movie".

Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter had mixed feelings about the film writing, "As the last Marvel prequel that includes two Iron Man and Incredible Hulk movies before next summer’s The Avengers, this one feels perhaps a little too simplistic and routine".

Marvel’s homepage has become the most informative site on the web for all things Captain America. The comic publisher dedicated an entire hub page to the film, chronicling the latest news and information, including trailers, posters, special clips and behind-the-scenes photos

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