Captain America is probably one of the top three characters from my youth, the other two being The Batman and Doc Savage. Thinking about it they all have some shared traits even though they are all very different. Ultimately they are modern day Knights trying to be good men in a world filled with evil. The Batman has had numerous film and tv appearances and some of them have been done very well. Doc and Cap haven’t fared as well at all and that made me a little apprehensive when I was waiting for my chance to see this film. Would they screw it up? Could Chris Evans be believable as the super straight laced Steve Rodgers after being burned into my mind as the wise cracking Johnny Storm?
The answers is that they didn’t screw it up and Chris Evans did a fantastic job with the character. I didn’t even think about Storm during the movie. I was completely immersed in the story of Captain America. Tommy Lee Jones made the film even better perfectly playing the general and providing a strong balance for Evan’s portrayal of Rodgers.
I have seen some commentary about the length of time we go into the story before Captain America makes an appearance, but it didn’t feel like a long time. The story moved along at a good pace, slow when it should be and picking up as Steve Rodgers goes from a 4F reject to the super soldier. The musical montage in the middle with his public appearances as Captain America was very well done and allowed them to show Rodgers wearing the original comic book costume while still letting them modernize it later for the action sequences.
The ending worked for me as well, I was left wanting to see the Captain again and soon. I’ll have to wait until May of next year for that but I’ll be there. Marvel has done an excellent job with the title and I’m happy that one of my childhood heroes has gotten a great film version at last.