Overall, it seems that Marvel has done well for itself in the movie theaters, rounding out the year with the success of Captain America: The First Avenger this past opening weekend. And while this is the final film for the year it has now opened the doors to the greatly anticipated The Avengers film that is due out in May of next year.
We as the audience are witnessing another origin story of a popular super hero. Set during World War II, the tale revolves around Steve Rogers. Repeatedly, he tries to join the Army but at the beginning of the film we are shown that he has been rejected four times. Steve proves that the true measure of man is found within the heart and compassion he has for his fellow human being when he is constantly judged for his small and weak appearance. In fact, it is these exact qualities that helps him to stand out above everyone else as the first soldier to be selected for an experiment that leads to his becoming of Captain America. It is, at it’s core, a story showing just what an underdog character is capable of and seeing them get the chance they deserve to prove themselves.
My only complaint with the movie itself is that at the time he pulls on the costume of Captain America, a good chunk of the film is nothing but montages. It works for the most part but it can become tedious after awhile. In comparison with the entire film though it’s a small gripe and does little to diminish how much I enjoyed watching it. Plus, the use of the classic uniform design at first was well done and had moviegoers grinning in amusement at how it was put to use.
The casting worked extremely well too. The last super hero movie that Chris Evans had starred in was the Fantastic Four franchise with him in the role of Johnny Storm. Admittedly I was skeptical at first because the two characters are so different but Evans showed off his acting ability by fitting into the role of Rogers seamlessly. Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci and Hugo Weaving are always a delight to see in films, so seeing them in the same movie made it all the more entertaining. The use of CGI was not overwhelming, the explosions left my ears ringing and the make-up for Weaving’s character, Red Skull, was amazing.
One note worth mentioning too is that the soundtrack is composed by Alan Silvestri, who is responsible for fantastic soundtracks such as the Back to the Future Trilogy, Flight of the Navigator, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and both Night at the Museum films, just to name a few. Captain America is just another addition to his long roster of wonderful projects.
With this movie finally debuting, the stage is finally set for The Avengers. In fact, for those who sit through the credits of the movie they are treated to a teaser trailer for that movie, giving us glimpses of what to expect, including the return of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk.
Super hero costumes are always popular all year round and not just on Halloween. Unfortunately we had sold out of the classic Captain America costume before the movie’s release on Friday, however, we will be getting in a shipment of the brand new Captain America costume before the end of the month! Designed by Disguise, the full body jumpsuit costume includes the boot covers, utility belt and the mask-hood. Now the shield is sold separately but we will get that in stock as well and it measures at being 24” in diameter. Keep an eye on our Twitter as well as our Facebook page for updates!