August 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger
Presented By:
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment

Run Time 125.0

It is 1941, and the world is being torn apart by war. After repeatedly trying to enlist in the military to do his part and fight in the Allied Forces, the young and scrappy 98-pound Steve Rogers is accepted to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super-Soldier known as Captain America.

As the title suggests, this film is very patriotic. It’s a bit corny, and some might say formulaic. It’s based on a comic book character, and I love it! The style of the film is very reminiscent of period films of the 1940s – you know right away who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, and who you should be rooting for. That said, the film has also been updated for modern audiences with more balanced female roles and a nicely varied cast. And just to be sure the guys in the audience don’t fall asleep, the toys (submarines, motorcycles, tanks, cars, airplanes, guns) are incredible, and there’s plenty of fighting and blowing things up! I saw the film in 3D, and it was used sparingly and convincingly enough as not to be jarring.

Reviewer: Michael Black, FIDM Museum Coordinator