26: Captain America (Getting me excited for The Avengers!)

Captain America – July 22, 2011
Starring: Chris Evans, Haylely Atwell, Stanley Tucci, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper
Written by: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Directed by: Joe Johnston

The plot: “After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals.” – IMDB

My thoughts: I believe there was an audible sigh in the theater when the contraption that made the meek Steve Rogers a masculine, muscle-y man opened up and a shirtless Chris Evans stepped out. To put it simply, the movie was a treat for the eyes for anyone into men.

I was a bit nervous going into the movie, anticipating another Green Lantern (enjoyable only for the hot males) but walked out feeling quite satisfied with what I just watched. I thought it was a really nice blend of character development and kick-ass action sequences. On top of that, I thought it was a nice look at how The Avengers got started.

The acting was good as a whole. Not that Chris Evans is the greatest actor around, but he has a certain charm that I like. He fit the bill as Captain America to be sure. Despite not passing the ole’ Bechdel Test, Atwell’s portrayal of Peggy Carter was enjoyable. And as usual, Stanley Tucci and Hugo Weaving were badass mother you-know-whats.

I thought the cinematography was excellent – it definitely had a lot of neutrals (perhaps to contrast with the red, white and blue and make it pop?) but it was nice to see browns and navys and greys as opposed to bright colors left and right.

So, overall? Enjoyable. It wasn’t unbelievable it didn’t leave me feeling super jazzed or like I’d just seen a life-chaning movie, but still, nothing like a good “little guy climbing to the top” story to boost your mood. Plus…the hotness. How can you say no?

Stars: 4/5

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