Thursday, July 28, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Director: Joe Johnston. Cast: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci. 124 min. Rated PG-13. Action /Sci-Fi

Not a good year for superheroes. Thor was a dud, Green Lantern didn't fare well, and now Captain America ... in which Chris Evans doesn't boast the expected charisma, the female sidekick is an absolute bore, and we're never clued into why the villain looks like a cherry-flavored Skeletor. Honestly, when your most attractive character is an army recruiter (Jones), and the most entertaining element is a bullet-proof shield, you're not doing well in the character developing department. The only intriguing scene is the final one, and that's because Samuel Jackson steps in. Just doesn't add anything to the genre.

PS: There is a short sequence after the end credits, but it's more of a movie trailer than a pertinent story segment.

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