Captain America: Blu Ray Review
Captain America - The First Avenger
Released by Universal Home Ent
So, another film from the Marvel juggernaut heads our way ahead of the
release of the super powered The Avengers next year.
This time, it's the turn of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) aka Captain
America to take the centre stage ahead of the launch of the franchise.
Rogers is a weedy, asthmatic runt of a man whose quest
to sign up for the American army and take on the Nazis is continually turned
down because of his imperfect physique.
Overhearing one of his pleas to join up, Rogers is co-opted by Dr
Abraham Erskine (a brilliant character turn from Tucci) into a platoon run by
Tommy Lee Jones' Colonel Chester Phillips which is aimed at creating a super
soldier to win the war.
However, at the same time,
Nazi Germany is gearing up for takeover with the help of the Red Skull (Hugo
Weaving) who's using technology from Odin's world and the might of his
underground organisation HYDRA to push the weapons as far as they can go...and
take over the world.
Well, let's get the good out
of the way - Chris Evans is very good as the all American pie hero Rogers/ Cap
America; he brings a real extra dimension to what is essentially only a one
dimensional character. Rogers' whole mantra is "I don't like bullies - I don't
care where they're from" and it doesn't really make for an in depth character to
root for. Plus the Captain could do with a dash of something to prick his
pomposity, be it self deprecation or a bit of sly humour.
Credit has to go to the digital team who've done a great job of
digitally shrinking Evans down into his weedier version pre-transformation - the
work is seamless, visually impressive and ranks as one of the best effects
committed to celluloid thus far this year.
whole Captain America affair is a kind of Boys' Own derring do, Saturday matinee
piece of patriotic fluff. As a set up piece and origin story, it's slight and
feels inconsequential to the likes of Thor, Iron Man et al. It does score points
though for a song and dance routine...
nothing inherently wrong with this slightly cheesy, cornball, slow mo action
shots explosion fest but it does feel like it's been shoehorned into release
schedules to ensure everything's in line for the Avengers. It's only credit to
Chris Evans that the film manages to work.
A very solid bunch here - featurettes, deleted scenes, commentaries - well worth
an extra rating