captain america the first avenger

Few things in real life is more terrible than the Nazis. But in the fantasy world of adventure, and few things are more useful. As a shortcut for evil is limited, and Nazism is hard to beat. Tack on the frothy obsession with supernatural whatnot, and you have the makings of great pulp yarn, as evidenced by the films do not forget Indiana Jones.

Captain America: The Avenger is the first in some ways better than the Marvel Comics introductions leading to the camp next year's superhero, The Avengers. Such as the Indy films, was caught in the dark years of Hitler's rise to world domination (in the mid-1930s Jones in the photos, in the war years of the early '40s here). In this setting, the rich, in contrast to the age of the accuracy of our morally complex and the story is good vs. evil intent to stir unusual.

Hero of the movie, promising at first, is a classic 98-pound weakling named Steve Rogers (Chris Evans, digitally, the less strange effect). Steve is eager to join the army and the Battle of the Huns, but he refused again and again, this is a child who was born to be 4F. He then comes to the attention of the government scientist named Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci), who choose him for the experience involving serum new secret in the words of Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones), head of "service science" strategic, able to create "a new generation of soldiers Internet "who would" personally escort Adolf Hitler to the gates of hell. " Yes!

The vaccine works, and suddenly my God, Steve, said he. Not only over-orange now, but longer, too, that called on the spot Captain America in the beginning, although he misused stupidly, sent in a tacky mask, socks, uniforms for the war front in the country, bond drives, with Showgirls jump around on stage . Before long, however, and moved to bigger things, and the encouragement of the military liaison chief named Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), equipped with armor-proof, "vibranium" - "metal rare on Earth," according to the man who fashioned it, rich weapons contractor Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, who plays the character of the father of Robert Downey Jr. We've met before in the movies Iron Man). Thus armed, Steve is now ready to face the enemy.

This will be Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving), a deranged megalomaniac who is responsible wonderful Nazi "deep science" program, hidden away in a laboratory in the Alps. Schmidt is a devotee of the occult, and put my hand on the Tesseract - AN "cosmic cube", which was all powerful "Jewel of the treasure room Odin." Excellent. The help of this tool is malicious, and knowledge of toy to cry, and Dr. Zola (Toby Jones), Schmidt has developed a new super-bomb with which he plans to flatten several major U.S. cities. (He was going to do it look good, too: when artificial peels off his face, and we see the features of the flame-broiling the skull Marvel super villain, venerable red). Things look bad. Schmidt is about to attack him so much of the Atlantic. If needed, we can say, there is only one man can stop him.

Director Joe Johnston is an ideal material for this comic book and broad. Johnston, already an Oscar to God the visual effects work on the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the lost ship, and here was carefully situates the film business between many high-duration reminder attachments - the cars and vintage clothes from the focus without being overbearing. Considering and has laboratories, with their army machines "Vita Ray," and black, goggled people, and spread neatly without tipping over to the absurdity of the story complete. Johnston does not overload the picture with the big-budget CGI, either, so one of a piece of sequences, with the captain and his comrades down zip lining of the iceberg on the top of a speeding train has an effect and not the candy the other digital, but the trick the old school great.

Chris Evans was a good choice for Captain America as well. Marvel Universe already a veteran (he was in both Fantastic Four movies deplorable), but now imagine a character with any real powers, and he plays it straight. Steve Rogers, even after making the transition from the serum, Evans, Captain America is still a good heart and soul condemn, the mightiest power an indomitable courage and national. In the perception of the film frankly old-fashioned, and it's just a supporter, standup guy, and there is no way to avoid root for him.

But the real star of this show, not surprisingly, is a red skull Hugo Weaving. Already the code of horror and Smith factor in the Matrix films, Weaving Here you get a prominent place in the history of insane risk. His char, grilled Nazi memorial every bit as disgusting as the story requires, however subtly, and without any wink semaphored, the actor managed to make it funny, too. Not that I want to say that Mr. skull.

The entire cast is well served by the script, and the distillation of 70 years of science Captain America by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley (with Joss Whedon for the escalation in the polish to the line of the story with his next film, The Avengers). Work is clear, and dialogue to rise to the requirements of each type. At one point, on the eve of a terrible victory, the Red Skull declares, "I have seen the future, Captain!" You know what to say, our hero, and most gratifyingly, it is: "! Not my future"

Kurt Lauder writer living in New York. Will be published his third book, a collection of reviews and called a good movie, bad and Godawful's in November, St. Martin's Press.
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