Kazed Reviews: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Ahh. What to say about this film. Quite honestly, I had mixed feelings about this film, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Well, I knew how the origin story goes, and I knew how the film would end, but I just don't know why I wasn't impressed more than I thought I would be.

Maybe I've been poisoned by DC, because I've been reading their comics too much recently, or maybe it's because I just didn't care about a Captain America film. It's weird, a few months ago, when the Cap trailer was released, it was kinda exciting, you know, how it usually is; seeing a comic-book character being translated onto the screen. But something just didn't feel right here.

There were a lot of moments in the film that didn't feel right, like the scenes where Chris Evans' head was superimposed onto the smaller frame. It wasn't done good enough for me to be convinced it was 'real', if you will. Sometimes the actor's eyeline wasn't meeting the scrawny version of Steve Rogers' eyeline, and this really bothered me. Not only this, there were times when his head kept jittering, obviously the visual FX here wasn't up to par, but this would be a whole other thing, I'm not here to go technical on youse guys.

Was it loyal to the source material? Well, after a read of the inspiration for the film, I suppose it was and wasn't; it wasn't meant to be a direct translation, but more of a story inspired by the source material. So for what it was, it was commendable. It's pacing was ever so slow at parts, and it just didn't feel like I was watching a comic-book adaptation. However, the on-screen version of Red Skull was pretty badass, so kudos to Hugo Weaving for his portrayal of the red-headed bad dude.

Chris Evans, as usual, didn't disappoint in his role as the Captain of America, so I have no qualms about this.

I don't want to sit here and go on and on about why the film was just okay, instead, I'll say that the traditional post-credits scene was probably one of the best so far, giving the viewers an exciting look at the upcoming Avengers flick. It's a teaser rather than the usual 60 second or so scene.

Sigh. Nuff' said, Captain America had some cliched scenes, lines, shots, and a whole host of other crap. It's propaganda material forcing the USA down our throats left nothing to be admired, but what did I expect with a name like 'Captain America', right?

I'm gonna break it down from now on, makes it easier for me to calculate the score, and it'll be out of 10, 1 being lowest, 10 being highest, duh. It'll be: performances, plot, visuals, dialogue, stupidity factor, and overall score.

So -

Performances: 6/10

Plot: 6/10

Visuals: 5/10

Dialogue: 5/10

Stupidity factor (The higher the score, the more stupid it was):  5/10

Overall (average): 5.5/10



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