Based on the Marvel Comics character from World War II. A brave, yet mild-mannered young soldier named Steve Rogers, volunteers to undergo a series of experiments for a US army Super Soldier program. The military succeeds in transforming him into a human weapon, but quickly decide that their Super Soldier is far too expensive a creation to risk in combat. So, they decide to put him to use as an army celebrity and parade him across Europe to boost morale by performing in USO shows for American troops. He is even given a costume that bear the colors of Old Glory for the stage. Then, when a Nazi plot reveals itself Rogers must rise up and and become the First Avenger, in order to save his country. Steve Rogers becomes Captain America and he earns his way into the hearts and souls of every American, bringing hope and justice to a war-weary nation. Later, during a mission to Germany to stop his archenemy – The Red Skull, from launching rockets at the allies, Captain America sacrifices himself and winds up frozen in ice for almost six decades! Revived, Steve Rogers now must join forces with new heroes and become an Avenger of the modern age. –IMDb
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Joe Johnston originally intended to become a commercial artist, but a summer job drawing sketches and storyboards for George Lucas’ “Star Wars” (1977) altered the course of his career forever. As an artistic director at the famed Industrial Light & Magic Company, his work included designing Yoda for “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), the first of three films for which he served as visual effects art director. He shared an Academy Award for the visual effects on Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), and after performing similar duty on “Return of the Jedi” (1983) and second unit work on “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), Johnston got the hankering to direct and returned to school to study filmmaking at USC, all the while continuing his special effects work as ultralight sequence designer of the big budget bomb “Howard the Duck” (1986) and production designer of the ABC-TV projects “The Ewok Adventure” (1984) and “Ewoks… read more
In my eyes it is by far the best Marvel comic film. The second world war is a much more interesting setting for a superhero to exist in than a modern urban environment as it does away with the normal three way superhero dynamic of "protagonist vs criminals vs the law" and just makes it into a hench as fuck guy throwing a metal disc at nazis. Couldn't ask for more, really.
Not awful, but after a second viewing I still think it's too slight: by the time things start to wind up it's over. Not that it needs to be LONGER, but maybe better balanced? Anyhow, interestingly egalitarian approach to female/male dynamics and on that tip Atwell is really good, if underutilized.
For a hero who was there around the same time that Batman and Superman arose, Captain America is rare to see captured on film outside of the comic world and the animated universe… read review
I saw “Captain America” again for the third time. This time projected from a 35mm print and, while there are a few brief moments which were designed for 3D that aren’t quite as cool… read review
For the obvious money grab it is, The Avengers series has yielded some remarkable comic book entertainment in the last four years. It hasn’t been perfect but between Iron Man 1 & 2, The Incredible… read review