Marvel films are at their best when they are standalone, not trying to shoehorn as many characters as possible into the plot. This is a very solid caper - effectively Indiania Jones with soldiers and silly Nazis. The final scene feels tacked on - I would have used it to open Avengers.
Retro in every sense of the word - a fine script that clips along at a welcome pace, characters that each suggest a need for heroism, and excellent set pieces to get us there. The Carter/Rogers relationship was a highlight. When Cap stumbles onto Times Square circa 2010, I really did feel teleported into the future. And kinda bummed I wasn't punching cartoon Nazis anymore.
It's at its best when it reminds one of a Spielbergian action film-- akin to Indiana Jones-- with its period setting, farce humor, and the humanistic characterization of Evans. It's at its worse when it reminds one of melodrama-heavy hokum in its cartoony villain and a second half that halts the emotion for heavy-handed action. However, Evans last scene with Atwell is tender, and the final scene is clever.
Marvel has changed the game for how comic books are brought to the screen. They may not all be Citizen Kane but they do the material justice and they are entertaining and they have brought everything together in a beautiful fashion. If only they could get back the rights to everything else.
Ennesimo giocattolone made in Marvel Studios, ennesimo centro: l'atmosfera del fumetto è azzeccata, il film è divertente al punto giusto e non manca una buona dose di strizzatine d'occhio ai fan del personaggio più smaliziati. Ok, è solo un "build-up" per gli Avengers, ma va bene lo stesso: lo spettacolo non manca di certo!